2023 Policy Action Institute Agenda

Policy Action Institute - Thursday, June 15 

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The schedule is being developed and subject to change as panelists are finalized. 

All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

8-9 a.m. Registration check-in and breakfast 
9:30-10 a.m.

Welcome Message (in-person audience only)

  • Event Moderator: Celine Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA - medical contributor, CBS News
  • Susan Polan, PhD - associate executive director, American Public Health Association
  • Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAACP - president and CEO, AcademyHealth

  Digital Audience: Livestream of sessions begin

10-10:15 a.m.

Looking Forward: Building a Healthier America

  • Andrea Palm, MSW - deputy secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
10:15-11 a.m.

Building a Healthier America - A federal approach 

  • Carole Johnson - administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD - principal deputy director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure - administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
11-11:30 a.m.

Networking Break

  Digital audience: Join us for a networking coffee talk

11:30-11:45 a.m.

Civic Engagement to Improve Health

  • Shavon Arline Bradley, president, NCNW

  Digital Audience: Livestream continues

11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Remaking Downtown One Social Determinant at a Time

  • Rashad Robinson - president, Color of Change
  • Sheree Thaxton Vodicka, MA, RDN, LDN - president and CEO, NC Alliance of YMCA's Inc. 
  • Bobby Watts, MPH, MS - CEO, National Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Mary Kusler - senior director, Center for Advocacy and Political Action, National Education Association
12:30-1 p.m. 

Networking Lunch Break

  Digital audience: Take a break

1:00 p.m.
View from the Hill (in-person audience only)
  • Shelley Moore Capito - senator (R-WV), United States Senate

   Digital Audience: Livestream continues

1:30-2:20 p.m. 

Communicating When There Is No Middle Ground

  • Nat Kendall-Taylor - CEO, FrameWorks Institute
2:20-3:30 p.m. 

The Next Generation of Youth Leaders: Youth Voices 

  • Joe Vogel, MPP - Maryland State Delegate (D-17)
  • Olivia Julianna - director of politics and government affairs, Gen-Z for Change
  • Kendall Kalustyan - policy coordinator, Human Rights Campaign
  • Santiago Mayer - founder and executive director, Voters of Tomorrow
  • Rhea Goswami - founder and executive director, Environmental Justice Coalition
3:30-4 p.m. 

Networking Break

  Digital audience: Join us for a networking coffee talk

4-5 p.m. 

Solutions from the field

  • Meg Molloy, DrPH, MPH - business and community leader engagement, Care4Carolina
  • Jennifer Wang, JD - senior director of national policy and advocacy, Fountain House
  • Kim Irwin - administrator, Indiana Public Health Association
  • Greg Jackson - executive director, Community Justice Action Fund

  Digital Audience: Livestream continues

5-5:30 p.m. 

Closing Keynote: Working Across Sectors 

Putting Policy Into Action - Friday, June 16

Putting Policy Into Action, the optional second day of the Policy Action Institute for in-person attendees, is designed to make attendees better advocates for public health. Attendees will learn by hearing firsthand from experts in advocacy, lobbying and communications and by practicing skills in a small group setting.

Putting Policy Into Action is open to public health and advocacy professionals of all experience levels, from novice to proficient. By the end of the day, attendees will have: 

  1. Improved their advocacy and communication skills.
  2. Learned about tools and resources available to become a better advocate.
  3. Learned how to better build and develop advocacy campaigns appropriate to a wide array of audiences.
  4. Practiced their pitch and received real-time feedback from experts in the field.
8-9 a.m.  Registration check-in and breakfast 
9-9:30 a.m. 

Why Should We Advocate

  • Shelley Hearne, DrPH - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 


  • The power of advocacy: Effective change tactics and techniques  - Sara de Guia, JD - chief executive officer, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Advocacy in Academia - Craig Andrade, RN, MPH, DrPH - associate dean for practice, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Advocacy in the Community - Arnitta Holliman, MS, LPC - federal affairs director, Community Justice Action Fund
  • Communicating for Policy Impact - Kristen Rosengren - vice president, strategic communications, AcademyHealth
12-12:30 p.m.

Small Group Organization Breakout

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch and Group Activity
2-4 p.m. Group Presentations