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Advocacy in Public Health: Making a Difference in Your Community

This recorded webinar aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective advocates for improving public health. Overall, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of public health advocacy, from identifying critical health issues and building effective campaigns to navigating challenges, measuring impact, and adhering to ethical principles.

**Instructions to access the recorded webinar will be provided after you register.**

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this recorded webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the role of advocacy in advancing population health;
  • describe the difference between advocacy and lobbying and the rules that pertain to each;
  • evaluate advocacy success stories and examples from U.S. cities; and
  • analyze the differences between local and national public health advocacy.

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for people working at governmental or non-profit organizations.

Instructor
Jennifer Kolker, MPH, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. From 2013 until 2023, she served as the School’s first Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations. She is also the co-lead of the Policy Core of Dornsife’s Urban Health Collaborative. Prior to joining Drexel in 2004, Kolker worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and has over 25 years of experience working in urban public health in Philadelphia, government, the non-profit sector, and academia.

Length:
1 hour

Technology Requirements

This recorded webinar is presented through the Vimeo Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required.

For more information about this recorded webinar or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

Creation Date
This course was recorded in December 2023.

Fundamentals of Public Health Law and Ethics

This course focuses on the role of law as a critical tool for furthering public health.  It explores federal and state authority for governmental intercession in matters of public health, describes how public health law contributes to public health accomplishments, and provides an overview of public health ethics. It will also emphasize the inherent tension between individual rights and public health powers.

**Instructions to access the course will be provided after you register.**
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • describe the role of public health law as it pertains to public health accomplishments;
  • explain the tension that exists between individual rights and public health powers; and
  • list three important ethical considerations for public health decision making.

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health practitioners.
Instructor
Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at Temple College of Public Health.
Technology Requirements
This recorded webinar is presented on Vimeo Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required.
Creation Date

This training was recorded December 11, 2018.
For more information about this course or assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

Public Policy and Advocacy

This course will provide participants with an overview of the issues surrounding public policy and advocacy. It covers how public policy and advocacy are defined and how to use problem definition to seek policy changes. It also discusses how to engage decision makers to implement policy change, with a focus on creating a decision memorandum. The course is broken into two parts with interactive quizzing. 

**Instructions to access the course will be provided after you register.** 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify the key attributes of policy and advocacy;
  • identify examples of policy implementation across the U.S.;
  • describe the various methods of policy making;
  • understand the differences between advocacy and lobbying; and
  • describe a framework for planning a politically feasible advocacy campaign. 

Part 1 length: 21 minutes
Part 2 length: 28 minutes 

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health practitioners with varying professional experiences and diverse educational backgrounds. 

Instructor
Jennifer Kolker, MPH received her MPH in public health policy and administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy, the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice, and the Drexel Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center, a federally funded training center for the public health workforce. Prior to joining Drexel in 2004, Kolker held various positions in the non-profit world and then the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, working first in HIV/AIDS policy and planning and later in the Office of the Health Commissioner. Kolker was also a senior policy associate with Public Works, a consulting firm that provides public policy research and analysis to government agencies and officials, non-profits, and think tanks across the country. 

Level
This course is appropriate for those with no, basic, or intermediate levels of experience with cultural competency in trauma. 

Technology Requirements
A computer with high-speed internet connection is required to view this course. 

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education credits are not offered for this course. 

Creation Date
This course was created in June 2021. 

For more information about this course, contact cphp@drexel.edu. For assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

Stroke of the Pen, Law of the Land, Kind of Cool: Presidential Executive Orders as a Tool to Change Public Health Law

Presidents have used Executive Orders to change history—from Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to FDR’s ordering of Japanese Americans in internment camps. President Trump issued an Executive Order on his first day in office aimed at dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This on demand webinar discusses what Executive Orders can and cannot do as well as summarize the types of Executive Orders the Trump administration issued and explain how they affect public health.
**Instructions to access the recording will be provided after you register.**
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe what an Executive Order is;
  • identify three (3) Executive Orders issued by the Trump Administration; and
  • distinguish between what an Executive Order can and cannot do.

Instructor
Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at Temple College of Public Health.
For more information, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.