One of the key lessons learned from the Place Matters Initiative is the significant impact public policy has on the health and well being of communities. The ultimate goal of this work is to alter the social determinants of health in these communities, factors which are directly influenced by public policy. Therefore, it is critical that teams establish productive relationships with local and state elected officials as part of their mission to reduce health disparities and promote health equity within their communities.

The goal of this Place Matters Webinar is to review and discuss strategies that Place Matters team members may implement in order to connect with their elected officials, and actively engage them in the fair health movement. The Place Matters Elected Officials Outreach Information Kit and Checklist will be reviewed in preparation for the Hill visits scheduled for Design Lab #10. In addition, the perspectives and experiences of both a current state representative and former local elected official will be shared to give attendees an understanding of how public will impacts policymaking.

At the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the basic steps involved in making contact with an elected official
  • Inform the elected official about the Place Matters Initiative by delivering a presentation that outlines how the elected official may become involved in the work.
  • Advocate for the fair health movement and persuade elected officials to make the achievement of health equity a priority when representing their constituents.


Teresa Córdova, PhD

Former County Commissioner

Bernalillo County

  • Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Teresa Córdova is Chair and Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico. She teaches Foundations of Community Development, Community Planning Methods, Political Economy of Urban Development, and Community Economics. Dr. Córdova is founder and former Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning, a…

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David Harrington

Senator, District 47, Prince George’s County

Maryland Senate

Cheverly, MD

Senator Harrington began his public service path in 1995 as the first African-American to be elected as Mayor of Bladensburg. Prior to arriving to the Senate, Senator Harrington, for six years, was a member of the Prince George’s County Council. During his county tenure, he served as Chair of the…

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Judith Burrell


Burrell Project Consult, LLC

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Nehanda Lindsey, CMP, MIB, MS

Senior Program Manager

CommonHealth ACTION

Atlanta, GA

Nehanda is a Senior Program Manager with CommonHealth ACTION, where part of her role includes supporting projects through the use of Web-based tools, interactive video, and social media. She also works with providing technical assistance to the PLACE MATTERS teams, particularly in the areas of project management, communications, community engagement,…

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Presentation Slides


Date Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

Elected Officials Outreach Information Kit