2022 Policy Action Institute Agenda

Policy Action Institute - Tuesday June 14 

JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

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(Note: All times are Eastern)
8 - 9 a.m.  Registration check-in and breakfast 
9 - 9:40 a.m.  Welcome and Keynote
Updating the Public Health System 
9:40 - 10:45 a.m. 

Real Talk: Addressing Mis and Disinformation Campaigns
The plenary and panel speakers will focus on the ongoing threat of mis and disinformation to the public’s health.  Although it became a well known concern during COVID, this has been going on for long before the pandemic. Attendees will learn how the public health community can address this insidious threat and its impact.

Plenary: Gina Chen, The University of Texas at Austin

Panel Discussion

  • Imran Ahmed, Center for Countering Digital Hate
  • Rachel Cohen, Vox
  • Sandra Mullin, Vital Strategies
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.  Break 
11:15 a.m. -12:20 p.m.

Envisioning the Perfect Public Health System For All
There have been a number of reports and suggestions for the critical functions of governmental public health over the last decade plus.  The pandemic heightened the awareness about the long term concern of asking governmental public health to do more with less.  This plenary and panel will look at the future of governmental public health and focus on the critical components of workforce, labs and data modernization

Plenary - Phyllis Randall, Loudon County Board of Supervisors
Panel Discussion
  • John Auerbach, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Scott Becker, Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Janet Hamilton, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Anand Parekh, Bipartisan Policy Center
12:20 - 12:55 p.m.

The Politics of Creating the Next Public Health System

  • Georges C. Benjamin, American Public Health Association
  • Brian Castrucci, de Beaumont Foundation
12:55 - 1:45 p.m.  Networking Lunch
1:45 - 2 p.m. 

Roe v. Wade after SCOTUS

2 - 3 p.m. 

Youth Voices 

Moderator - Bechara Choucair, Kaiser Permanente


  • Daphne Frias, Youth Activist
  • Sheylin De Leon, Oakland HOPS
3 - 3:30 p.m.  A View from the Hill 
3:30 - 4 p.m.  Break 
4 - 5 p.m. 

Innovations in Community Health
Policies that promote health, well-being and equity are a critical tool to creating community health. Focusing on supporting people where they live, work, play and learn is a key component to creating the healthiest nation in one generation.  With this plenary and panel, we will be highlighting some of the solutions to advancing community health including a focus on innovative funding, partnerships and evaluation

Plenary - Keshia Pollack Porter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Panel Discussion

  • J. Nadine Gracia, Trust for America's Health
  • Carrie Butler, Utah Public Health Association
  • RDML Paul Reed, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
5 - 5:30 p.m.  Closing Keynote

Taking Action to Protect Public Health and Authority - Wednesday, June 15

Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Learn how to advance public health and protect the ability of leaders to address the health of their communities. Presenters will discuss recent legislation and policies proposed or enacted during the pandemic and their long-term impacts on public health. They will also share actionable strategies to prevent future harmful legislation and where possible, to encourage positive resolutions and approaches. Leaders in the field will share best practices around engaging with local partnerships and coalitions, and identifying useful resources and materials to educate the public and decisionmakers about these issues and their impact. 

All Policy Action Institute registrants will have access to the livestream of this important discussion. If you wish to attend in-person, add this event to your registration. In-person registration is required and capped at 100 participants. Digital access is available through the online platform for all Policy Action Instituteregistrants.

Support for this meeting was provided by a grant contract from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation