Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced six new funding awards to prevent chronic disease and spur health promotion. The funding awards offer a variety of stakeholders — including public health departments, national and community based organizations, community coalitions, school districts, local housing and transportation authorities, and American Indian tribes — the opportunity to continue building healthier, more equitable communities. Please join us for a Web Forum co-hosted by the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health to learn more about these grants and plans going forward.

During the Web Forum attendees will learn about:

  • Goals for the new grants from CDC leadership;
  • Strategies and efforts to continue building a system of prevention and community-clinical integration; and
  • Ways to advance equity through community engagement and partnerships.

Web Forum participants will also hear from new grantees about their plans. These plans provide insight into robust communication with key audiences (including policymakers), ways partners can engage in the work, and the continuing importance of public and private partnerships.


Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH

Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, GA

Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, is the director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed on January 4, 2010. In that role, she sets the strategic direction for the center’s “Winnable Battles” of tobacco use prevention, improved nutrition and physical activity, and…

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Jill Birnbaum

Vice President, State Advocacy and Public Health

American Heart Association

Dallas, TX

  • Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids,

Jill Birnbaum is an advocate for nutrition, tobacco control, and health care reform policy who has worked at the federal, state, and local levels. After beginning locally in Minnesota, she is now the Vice President of State Advocacy and Public Health at the American Heart Association. Her grassroots experience, combined…

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Sana Chehimi, MPH


Prevention Institute

Washington, DC

Sana Chehimi oversees projects related to community prevention, health reform, and communications. Her work focuses on developing tools and strategies to promote healthier, more equitable environments. Sana co-edited Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing, one of the first academic texts on primary prevention; the Second Edition was published in August…

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Daniella Gratale, MA

Director, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy


Washington, DC

Daniella Gratale is the Director of the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours). In this role, she oversees policy development and advocacy to advance Nemours’ federal agenda through engagement with Congress, the Administration and national experts. Daniella and her team partner with national…

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Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP

Director, Policy and Planning

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Philadelphia, PA

Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, has been the Director of Policy and Planning for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health since October 2008. In this position, Dr. Mallya helps to define public health priorities for the City, coordinates the Department’s research and data analysis activities, and works with key leadership—including the…

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Sue Pechilio Polis

Director, Health and Wellness

National League of Cities

Washington, DC

Sue Pechilio Polis is responsible for directing the health and wellness portfolio for the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The portfolio includes the conceptualization, development and implementation of Cities of Opportunity, a multi-year effort to engage mayors and city leaders…

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Matthew Marsom

Vice President, Public Policy and Programs

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting…

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