2017 was a year filled with both successes and challenges for public health. As we move into 2018, it’s prudent to reflect on what worked to strengthen public health, what we have learned from the challenges we faced, and how to best seize on opportunities to move forward. Please join this Dialogue4Health Web Forum co-hosted by American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health for a discussion with national public health leaders. The panelists will highlight the state-of-play in public health policy, implications of successes and obstacles at the state and federal level over the past year, and look ahead to the future. They will emphasize the need to amplify our messaging and make the case that sustained and increased public health funding is critical for the country’s health and vitality.

This Web Forum is free and recommended for professionals in public health, advocacy, business, community-based organizations, education, faith-based organizations, hospitals/health systems, insurers, and local and state health departments. Closed captioning is available to all attendees.


Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE

Executive Director

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Arlington, VA

Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP, is the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health…

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Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH


Rhode Island Department of Health

Providence, RI

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH has been the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health since May 2015. Dr. Alexander-Scott brings to this position tremendous experience from her work as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults at hospitals in Rhode Island affiliated with Brown University and at…

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Andi Fristedt, MPA

Deputy Health Policy Director

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)

Washington, DC

Andi Fristedt is the Deputy Health Policy Director for Ranking Member Patty Murray on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Senator’s principle advisor on public health policy. She first came to the HELP Committee as staff to then-Chairman Senator Tom Harkin in 2011. Prior…

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Nora Connors, JD, MPH

Deputy Director of Public Policy & Partnerships

Public Health Institute

Nora Connors has over a decade of experience in health care in government, academia, and the private sector. In her current position as Deputy Director for Public Policy & Partnerships at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Nora leads federal policy and partnership development for PHI and its programs in Washington,…

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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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