Please join us for a timely discussion regarding the development and implementation of Community Transformation Grants and the National Prevention Strategy. Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will share current information concerning efforts underway to advance the community prevention provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
There is consensus for community prevention. A recent poll reveals that 73% of the public supports investment in community prevention. As two hallmarks of the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants and the National Prevention Strategy present opportunities to leverage our collective knowledge and experience in order to achieve healthier and more equitable communities.
The Forum's primary objectives are:
The format of this Web Forum is structured to generate meaningful dialogue. Please add your voice to this important exchange of ideas and insights.
Ms. Mayra E. Alvarez is the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she has primary oversight responsibility for coordinated and timely implementation of the public health, prevention, and healthcare workforce policy provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Ms. Alvarez served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate, where she advised the Senator and helped develop his legislative agenda on health issues. Prior to working in the office of Senator Durbin, she served as a Legislative Assistant for then-Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, the chair of the Health Task Force for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Ms. Alvarez began her work in Washington D.C. as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama. She completed her graduate education at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. (www.hhs.gov)
Andrew Rein is the Associate Director for Policy for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mr. Rein leads the newly established Office of the Associate Director for Policy, whose mission is to bring about policies that result in demonstrable improvements in public health—globally and at the federal, state, and local levels. Under Mr. Rein’s leadership, the Office, and its three programs, conducts policy research and analysis; provides guidance to CDC leadership in developing agency policy and legislative goals and strategies; creates and maintains partnerships to support those strategies; implements key policies; and ensures the agency’s scientific credibility, reputation, and needs are communicated to and supported by policy makers and stakeholders. The Office is also focused on better leveraging the changing health care system to improve population health. Mr. Rein also spearheads CDC’s efforts related to the Affordable Care Act, including the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy and co-chairing an HHS work group on key Affordable Care Act provisions related to prevention and public health.
Prior to joining CDC, Mr. Rein served as Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was one of the prime drafters of New York City's Health Policy, Take Care New York, which identified 10 priority interventions to improve New Yorkers’ lives. He spearheaded passage and implementation of NYC's "Green Cart" law that puts 1,000 fruit and vegetable mobile food vendors in high need neighborhoods. He also oversaw the econometric analysis that demonstrated that NYC’s Smoke Free Air Act had no negative impact on restaurant and bar employment. He also obtained and redirected hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that effectively addressed NYC's leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Mr. Rein received his Master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano Graduate School at the New School, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Tufts University. (www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/rein.htm)
Janet Collins, PhD, is CDC's Associate Director for Program. In this position, she provides leadership and guidance in promoting CDC priorities across the agency. She has held CDC leadership positions at the Branch, Division, and for the last four years, at the Center level as Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. Collins taught and worked at UCLA in the area of educational measurement.
Dr. Collins' interests and publication record span applied science as well as program design and evaluation, with a special focus on the prevention of risk factors for disease. Much of her work has focused on the surveillance of adolescent health risk behaviors and the development and evaluation of school-based programs to prevent tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and sexual risk behaviors.
Dr. Collins is a behavioral scientist with a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from San Diego State University. (www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/collins.htm)
Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., MPH, is the director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). Prior to this position, Dr. Bauer was director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Bauer joined the New York health department in 2001 as the director of its Tobacco Control Program. In that role, she transformed the program into a focused, effective exemplar of tobacco control strategy and practice. Prior to her service in New York, Dr. Bauer worked as a chronic disease epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health and as a CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, with the Louisiana Office of Public Health. She was also an assistant professor at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health. Dr. Bauer received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University, an M.P.H. in Family Health from Columbia University, and a Masterís degree in Political Science from Rutgers, The State University. She is married and has two daughters. (www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/bauer.htm)
Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, is with CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy where she is leading the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. Part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, this Strategy will make recommendations and identify specific actions needed to improve the health of the United States through prevention, health promotion and public health programs.
Dr. Graffunder has held positions in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control serving as the Associate Director for Program Development and Integration and as the chief of the Program Implementation and Dissemination Branch (PIDB) within the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP); and in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion working in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, the Office on Smoking and Health and with CDC’s Planned Approach to Community to Health (PATCH) program.
Dr. Graffunder received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and a Master of Public Health, Heath Behavior and Education at the University of South Carolina. She earned her doctorate degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interest in the application of evidence and research to practice and programs. (www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/sme/graffunder.htm)
A noted policy advocate on a variety of equity issues, Ms. Bell works with community leaders and state and national partners to advance change at the local, state, and national levels. She also conducts advocacy trainings and workshops across the country to bring low-income communities into the policy process. Ms. Bell is an authority on innovative strategies and policies that increase access to healthy foods and reduce environmental health impacts on low-income communities. (www.policylink.org)
Larry Cohen, MSW, is the Executive Director and founder of Prevention Institute. Prevention Institute is a national non-profit dedicated to creating systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. An important focus of Mr. Cohen’s work has been to develop local policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels. (preventioninstitute.org)
Matthew Marsom is the Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI). The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. Mr. Marsom is responsible for designing and implementing PHI strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)
The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.
Draft Framework The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (National Prevention Strategy), September 15, 2010
Taking Action for Community Prevention: Protecting the Prevention and Public Health Fund
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of Prevention
Friday, June 25, 2010
Not in Sickness; in Health: How Health Reform could Start a Real Revolution by Larry Cohen
The Huffington Post, June 18, 2010
THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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