As 2013 comes to a close, Congress continues its work to reach agreement over funding levels for fiscal years 2014 and beyond. At this time, it’s critical that we continue to educate members of Congress on the importance of the investments being made through the Prevention and Public Health Fund. On December 10th, advocates from dozens of organizations will be on Capitol Hill asking Members of Congress to support the Fund. Public health advocates “outside the Beltway” can help out as well.

Please join us for an upcoming Dialogue4Health Web Forum on December 5th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST), co-hosted by the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health, where we'll provide the information, tools, and resources to help you do just that.

The Web Forum will provide an update from Capitol Hill staff on the federal budget situation and its impact upon the Prevention Fund. You will also hear directly from Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities on the work they are doing to improve health outcomes and highlight their successes and important work.

Finally, the forum will detail specific strategies you can use, in coordination with the December 10th event, to engage members of Congress directly and through media advocacy in order to educate them about how their communities and constituents are already benefiting from the Prevention Fund.


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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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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Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA

Executive Director

Community Health Councils

Los Angeles, CA

Lark Galloway-Gilliam was the Executive Director of Community Health Councils, a consumer-oriented health promotion and advocacy organization that focuses on increasing access to quality healthcare and improving the health of under-resourced communities. Ms. Galloway-Gilliam played an active role in the policy debate around expansion of healthcare coverage for children and…

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Genoveva Islas, MPH

California CTG Project Coordinator

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Science with…

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Mariel T. Mehdipour, MPH

Director, Community Wellness

Kern County Public Health Services

Bakersfield, CA

Mariel T. Mehdipour, MPH, has always had an enthusiasm for community outreach. She is currently the Director of Community Wellness of the Kern County Department of Public Health and oversees its community education and outreach efforts. Moreover, Mariel is closely involved with Kern County’s efforts to prevent chronic disease and…

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Becky Salay

Director, Government Relations

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

Becky Salay is the Director of Government Relations at TFAH, ensuring the group's public policy agenda is implemented at all levels of government: federal, state and local. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress, where she worked on health reform, education, work/life…

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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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