It's summer time! And as we enjoy the outdoors, beaches, and warm summer nights, members of Congress will also be coming home for the August Recess! As champions for prevention, this is a critical time to engage our members and show them how the Prevention and Public Health Fund is working in their communities. During this Web Forum we will hear from Senator Harkin's staff who will talk about recent efforts on the Hill to support the fund and share what some Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities are doing to educate their lawmakers. We will discuss strategies to engage members of Congress over the August Recess to educate them about how their communities are benefiting from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Please join us in this discussion as we continue to make prevention a national priority.


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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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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Lily Swartz

Digital Communications Strategist

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Lily Swartz coordinates and implements Prevention Institute’s communications approach and efforts, including overall strategy development, media advocacy, media outreach, messaging and framing, and technical support. She also developed and maintains the organization's social media strategy, designed to expand the reach and impact of community prevention work.

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Kathleen MacGuire

Program Coordinator, Community Transformation Partnership

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Tacoma, Washington

Kathleen MacGuire is the program manager for the Community Transformation Grant in Pierce County, Washington. Kathleen received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works in health policy research, development and implementation with a primary focus on community based approaches to…

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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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