They never intended for this to happen. Sequestration has now been triggered and federal agencies and departments are beginning to implement severe across the board cuts to programs, services and activities. Important questions remain unanswered. What will this mean for public health and prevention? Behind the hard numbers, how will the impact be felt in communities fighting to address the devastating burden of chronic disease and health inequities? What can advocates, health professionals and community residents do now to try to protect funding for prevention and public health?
In the coming days Congressional Republicans and Democrats will put forward competing budget proposals as they scramble to avoid a government shutdown when the current Continuing Resolution ends on March 31. Timing could not be more critical to find a balanced solution that protects funding for public health, including the Prevention Fund.

Please register for this interactive Web Forum to learn more.
During the Web Forum, presenters will provide an opportunity to:

  • Discuss the impact of federal funding cuts and hear updates on the latest developments from Capitol Hill;
  • Share and highlight Prevention Fund successes, including Community Transformation Grant (CTG) work from Maryland and their efforts with employers and other key stakeholders; and
  • Discuss outreach tools and messages that individuals and community advocates can use to educate legislators and decision makers


Adrienne Hallett

Professional Staff, United States Senate Committee on Appropriations

Washington, DC

Adrienne Hallett serves on the Majority staff of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. Her responsibilities include the annual funding of programs in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Medicare…

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Emily J. Holubowich, MPP

Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding

Washington, DC

  • Senior Vice President, Cavarocchi • Ruscio • Dennis Associates, LLC, , Washington, DC

As a senior member of the CRD government relations and strategic consulting team, Emily helps her clients promote and protect their interests in the nation's capital. In this capacity she serves as Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, representing more than 80 national organizations that support a strong…

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Donald Shell, MD, MA

Director, Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Baltimore, MD

Dr. Shell has 18 years of experience in the field of public health, serving at both the state and local level. He is currently the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. As the Director of the Cancer and Chronic…

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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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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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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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