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Words Matter: What Public Health Can Learn from the Health Care Reform Debate

October 27, 2009. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Bob Crittenden, MD, MPH, and Francesca Holme, MPH, talk about strategies that public health professionals can use to connect with the public and policy-makers on important issues ranging from prevention programs to funding.

Quick Facts

Topics: Communication

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

Why is the public so often confused about how public health impacts their lives? In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Bob Crittenden, MD, MPH, and Francesca Holme, MPH, talk about strategies that public health professionals can use to connect with the public and policy-makers on important issues ranging from prevention programs to funding. They discuss lessons learned from the challenges of connecting with the public on health care reform, and how public health can advance its goals as the health care reform debate progresses.

Air date: October 27, 2009

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the communications strategies that have been most effective in connecting with the public to advance health care reform
  • Identify ways to apply these strategies to connect with the public and legislators on issues of importance for public health
  • Discuss ideas of ways to use the health care reform debate as a springboard for advancing public health goals

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Public health policy advocates; Communications personnel

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Communication

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Bob Crittenden, MD, MPH, has practiced as a family physician for over thirty years in central and southeast Seattle with underserved populations, worked for the state legislature, been a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow with Senator George Mitchell, was special assistant to Governor Gardner for health, and is a professor in the departments of family medicine and health services at the University of Washington.

Francesca Holme, MPH, is project director for Herndon Alliance where she engages a wide range of groups in the health care reform debate, including doctors, nurses, and business owners. In her previous role as NWCPHP’s training coordinator she facilitated the Hot Topics series and interfaced with public health practitioners across the Pacific Northwest.

Competencies

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