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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: Update from the White House

  • Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator
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: David Broniatowski, George Washington University 

Panel Discussion

  • Imran Ahmed, Center for Countering Digital Hate
  • Rachel Cohen, Vox
  • Steve Hamill, 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

The last several years have been both the best of times and the worst of times for public health.  The public, media and policy makers have all learned much more about the field and offered their opinion of the workforce, funding priorities and authority among other topics.  In this  fireside chat, two public health leaders will talk about how to address these issues, what is the path forward and how to regain the trust of our partners, policymakers and the public.

  • 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

Reproductive health has been under attack since Roe was first decided in 1973.  States have passed laws to expand or restrict access to abortion but in recent years some states have focused on laws to undermine the fundamental access to abortion. In Dec, 2021, SCOTUS heard Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization which is a direct attack on Roe.  We expect the ruling to come down in June and in this session we will hear about plans for protecting abortion access moving forward.

  • Jacqueline Ayers, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
2 - 3 p.m. 

Youth Voices 

Public health touches on everyone, but young people are the most impacted by the work we are doing in public health right now. We have youth activists leading the way on many critical issues with their unique voice and ability to organize their peers. In this session, we will hear from some of those youth leaders about their advocacy, obstacles to success and how we can follow their lead.

Moderator - Bechara Choucair, Kaiser Permanente


  • Daphne Frias, Youth Activist
  • Sheylin De Leon, Oakland HOPS
  • Jailen Leavell, Youth Activist/Report
  • Edwith Theogene, Generation Progress
3 - 3:30 p.m. 

A View from the Hill 

  • Sen. Chris Murphy of Conneticut
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
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

  • Bechara Choucair, Kaiser Permanente

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