Community prevention efforts are flourishing across the country. Working together, communities are finding unique local solutions to create safe, walkable streets, promote healthy food environments, support workplace wellness and safeguard tobacco-free air. Educating local elected officials about this process is often key to building a robust prevention coalition, and can result in high-profile prevention champions in local government.
- Learn tips and strategies on how to communicate the value of prevention to local officials and staff;
- Explore messaging tactics designed to resonate with local officials;
- Review best practices for educating elected officials through direct interactions, media advocacy and new media; and
- Hear directly from local elected officials and their staff already implementing prevention initiatives in their communities.
Presenters and panelists include:
- Peter Asen, director of Providence, R.I.’s, Healthy Communities Office: Will share how Providence is improving community health through prevention with the Healthy Communities Office, and explore Mayor Angel Taveras’ role in this work.
- Steve Castaneda, former City Council member in Chula Vista, Calif.: Will discuss the prevention efforts that he helped to champion, in partnership with the local health coalition, to improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity in Chula Vista.
- Lily Swartz, communications coordinator at Prevention Institute:Will discuss key messaging and framing strategies for communicating with local elected officials, as well as best practices for engaging with city leadership.
Linda Shak, program manager at Prevention Institute: Moderator.