142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Public Health Champions:Increasing Legislative Impact with Limited Resources

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Jeanie Holt, MPH , NHPHA, Concord, NH
As a volunteer organization with part time administrative support, NH Public Health Association constantly looks for ways to leverage our limited resources for more visibility and impact. Our Public Health Champions program stretches our capacity to influence public health policy in our state legislature. Each year we identify three or four bills with significant public health implications on which there was a roll call vote in NH’s House. Representatives who voted in line with good public health policy are named “Public Health Champions”. They are given a lapel pin and encouraged to wear it and talk to their colleagues about public health. They are given a cue card with important public health messaging to help them articulate what public health is. We send a Letter to the Editor of their local paper (if they so desire) celebrating their work. And annually we hold a luncheon to thank them and to gain ideas for other ways we can assist them in their work. The number of Champions has grown every year since we established the program in 2011. We have gained new perspectives on the needs of Representatives and have found new ways to meet some of those needs. And we have become a recognized source of solid science-base information on public health issues. The poster will detail the legislation used to select Champions, the growth of the program, and materials developed for our Champions. We believe our Public Health Champions program can serve as a model for other APHA Affiliates.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe New Hampshire Public Health Association's Public Health Champions program. Describe the program's growth since its inception in 2011. Discuss how the program stretches limited resources to expand NHPHA's impact on public health legislation.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as President during the development and implementation of this program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.