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2018 Public Health Advocacy Training

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 16, 2018
Updated: Sunday, April 15, 2018


CPHA hosted a successful public health advocacy training for over 40 public health students and professionals on April 7, 2018.  The Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) School of Health and Human Services co-sponsored the event and generously hosted us on the SCSU campus.  The half-day training was kicked off by Shelley Geballe, JD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, and a Clinical Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, who made the complicated, sometimes mysterious Connecticut legislative structure and process seem simple and straightforward. She explained how bills become law, and how to keep up to date on what’s happening in the CT General Assembly. 

Shelley was followed by Ellen Andrews, PhD, Executive Director of the Connecticut Health Policy Project and Adjunct Faculty at Southern, who gave good advice about the most effective ways to communicate with legislators, including giving oral and written testimony, and writing opinion pieces for local newspapers.

Senator Gary Winfield, Deputy Majority Leader, representing New Haven and West Haven (with his young son and one of his newborn twins in tow!), put the group at ease about meeting with legislators by talking about the do’s and don’ts, and what works for him when he meets with constituents and others about legislative issues.

Attendees were able to immediately put their newly learned skills into practice with small group breakout sessions where they planned their next steps for legislator engagement on key public health issues. Thank you to our student and alumni volunteers, who assisted with the training and group facilitation!  They were Amalia Mahon, Bianca Flowers, Chandra Kelsey, Ermonda Gjoni, Francesca Testa, Shamika Smith, Veronica Cortes, and Whitney Allen.

We thank our speakers, participants, and volunteers, for making the 2018 CPHA Public Health Advocacy Training such a success!

The Training Committee:

Ashley Andreou, MPH Student Volunteer, Yale School of Public Health

Roberta Friedman, Co-Chair, CPHA Advocacy Committee

Valen Grandelski, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, SCSU

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