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  • 1. Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
  • 2. Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
    • Started 1998
    • Coalition of National Health Education Organizations
    • SOPHE – Summit coordinator
  • 3. SOPHE Overview
    • Founded in 1950; relocated to Wash, DC – 1995
    • Mission - To provide leadership to the profession of health education
    • 4000 Members – nationally & in 20 chapters
    • 2 Peer-reviewed journals
    • 2 National meetings
    • 4 Cooperative agreements
      • Policy/systems change
  • 4. SOPHE Chapters SOPHE CHAPTERS
  • 5. Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
    • Early Summit focus on leaders, professionals
      • IOM Report: Who Will Keep Public Healthy?
    • Annual attendance – 200
      • 60% students, faculty
      • Student scholarships
    • Website – www.healtheducationadvocate.org
    • Open to other sponsors
      • Council of Accredited MPH Programs
      • National REACH Coalition
  • 6. 2010 Summit Priorities
    • Increased Appropriations for CDC NCCDPHP
      • Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
      • Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) – coordinated school health
      • Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant
    • Reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act to include Health Education
  • 7. Summit Objectives
    • Develop new advocacy knowledge & skills to become effective policy advocates at federal/state/local levels
    • Articulate federal policy priorities related to school/public health education
    • Develop/enhance personal relationship with policymakers
    • Identify new colleagues to strengthen future advocacy efforts
  • 8. Summit Agenda
    • Saturday Afternoon
    • Intensive skill building – tracks for beginner to advanced (including dedicated faculty session)
    • Sunday
    • Climate of Congress
    • Presentation/Discussion of Priority Health Issues
    • Making Hill Visits – Presentations, Demonstrations
    • Small group planning and practice
    • Monday
    • Capitol Hill Orientation (Life on the Hill)
    • Hill Visits
    • Online documentation of responses
  • 9. Summit Presentations
  • 10. Hill Visit Planning
  • 11. Capitol Hill Briefing
  • 12. Class Photo on Capitol Hill
  • 13. Meeting with a Legislator/Legislative Aide
  • 14. Experiential Learning
    • Make own Hill appointments
    • Assigned Homework
      • Research Legislator(s)
        • Committees, Priorities
        • Legislator’s History to PH issues
      • Local ph stories, experiences
    • Onsite Role plays
    • Small group planning
    • Going on Hill visits
    • Follow-up
  • 15. Experiential Learning
    • Make own Hill appointments
    • Assigned Homework
      • Research Legislator(s)
        • Committees, Priorities
        • Legislator’s History to PH issues
      • Local ph stories, experiences
    • Summit role plays
    • Small group planning
    • Going on Hill visits
    • Follow-up
      • Legislator
      • Class presentations, newsltr articles
    Before During After
  • 16. Other Post Summit Ideas
    • Connect to student service initiatives
    • Provide program letter for student portfolio
    • Incorporate student “case studies” in future courses
    • Organize campus/local summits
    • Encourage ltr to editor, op-eds in campus/local paper
    • Involve Summit graduates in presenting and/or mentoring other students at future Summits
  • 17. Summit Student Testimonials
    • “ I really enjoyed the experience that I had at the Advocacy Summit …it brought to reality what we had been studying in class; it made me change my concept that politics is something you cannot change.”
    • “ The Summit helped teach me advocacy skills I am using now and will use throughout my future career.”
    • “ Today, I feel comfortable and confident to speak out and push for change in my personal areas of interest .... I look forward to participating in next year's Advocacy Summit.”
  • 18. What Faculty Can Do
    • Publicize on campus, dept.
    • Tie to policy courses and initiatives
    • Have students and faculty share past experiences
    • Seek internal/external funding
    • Hold a preparatory meeting
      • Discuss the process
      • Discuss outcomes and learning
      • Link to courses, student organizations
  • 19. Resources for Teaching Policy and Advocacy Health Education Advocacy Website: www.healtheducationadvocate.org Research America: www.researchamerica.org Trust for America’s Health: www.healthyamericans.org Kaiser Family Foundation: www.kff.org The California Endowment: Advocacy toolkit, www.calendow.org APHA: www.apha.org/legislative/index
  • 20. Long-Term Summit Impact
    • CDC DASH appropriations increase
    • Influence Congressional questions during testimony
    • Support/recognition of opinion leaders
    • Enhanced organizational training by summit sponsors
    • Advocacy days on campuses/state chapters
    • Summit graduates moving into politics
    • Increased capacity to mobilize across profession
  • 21. ROB SIMMONS, DRPH, CPH, MPH, CHES [email_address] ELAINE AULD, MPH, CHES [email_address]
    • Thank you.
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