Continuing Medical Education 

Politics, Policy, and Legal Authority in Public Health

October 12 – October 13, 2017

Agenda

 

Thursday, October 12


7:15 REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:00 WELCOME
Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, President, Health Officers Association of California; Health Officer, Alameda County

SESSION 1: HEALTH OFFICER DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES 

Facilitator: Robert Kim-Farley, MD, MPH, Director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Los Angeles County


8:15 PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO HEALTH OFFICERS
Lauren Dunning, JD, MPH, Liaison to the Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 

9:15 STATUTES SPECIFIC TO HEALTH OFFICERS
Kat DeBurgh, MPH, Executive Director, Health Officers Association of California 


9:45 BREAK

10:00 LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER'S GUIDE TO ORDERS AND EMERGENCY POWERS, ROLES, AND DECLARATIONS

  • Peter Baldridge, Esq., (Ret.) Assistant Chief Counsel, California Department of Public Health, Office of Legal Services
  • Nancy Barrera, MPH, Esq., Attorney IV, Office of Legal Services, California Department of Public Health


11:00 HEALTH OFFICER EXPERIENCES WITH DECLARATIONS AND ORDERS

  • Eric Handler, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Orange County
  • Scott Morrow, MD, MPH, Health Officer, San Mateo County 
  • Nichole Quick, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Yuba County 


12:00 LUNCHEON

SESSION 2: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Facilitator: Robert Oldham, MD, MSHA, Health Officer, Placer County


1:30 PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP IN POLICYMAKING
Richard Pan, MD, MPH, California State Senator, 6th Senate District 

2:00 ENGAGING LOCALLY WITH STAKEHOLDERS 
Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, 5th Supervisorial District

2:30 BUILDING PUBLIC HEALTH LAW CAPACITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Sarah Wetter, JD, Research Scholar, Center for Public Health Law and Policy, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


3:30 BREAK

3:45 STUDENT PRESENTATION: PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERING WITH SCHOOL BOARDS TO ELIMINATE EDUCATION BARRIERS AND IMPROVE STUDENT HEALTH 
Beatriz Aurellio, MPH Candidate, University of San Franisco

4:00 HEALTH OFFICER LEADERSHIP AND INFLUENCE

  • ACTION ON CANNABIS: Karen Milman, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Sonoma County
  • ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS: Nichole Quick, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Yuba County
  • ACTION ON OPIOID ADDICTION: Matthew Willis, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Marin County


5:00 ADJOURN


Friday, October 13


7:15 REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

SESSION 3: COMMUNICATING WITH POLICYMAKERS TRAINING PROGRAM

Facilitator: Julie Palakovich-Carr, MS, City Councilmember, Rockville, Maryland; Public Policy Manager, American Institute of Biological Sciences

 

8:00 BASICS OF GOOD COMMUNICATION
This presentation will teach skills and techniques for heath officers to effectively communicate about complex and often controversial public health issues, giving focus to sharing health officer expertise on topics such as health equity. Health officers will learn to educate stakeholders about the dynamics of a pressing public health challenge and the significance of their work by preparing an understandable and memorable message that resonates with an audience.

8:45 EXERCISE: CRAFTING YOUR MESSAGE
Health officers will apply strategies learned in the Basics of Good Communication presentation to prepare a short oral statement on a public health challenge facing their jurisdiction. Many participants will have the opportunity to share their statements for feedback from the session facilitator and their peers.

9:10 WORKING WITH THE MEDIA
We will discuss opportunities for health officers to convey their message through the media, teaching communication strategies for engaging a reporter and sharing the most important information. Health officers will learn to prepare quotable sound bites, debunk myths, and communicate about the priorities of their department.

9:30 BREAK

9:45 ENGAGING IN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY
This presentation will prepare participants to educate local and state policymakers about public health issues and the work of local public health departments. We will discuss what motivates elected officials, where policymakers look for information, and how health officers can effectively build relationships with community stakeholders.

10:30 BREAKOUT GROUPS: DEVELOPING YOUR POLICYMAKER-RELEVANT MESSAGE

  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
  • EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • HEALTH EQUITY
  • NUTRITION AND FOOD INSECURITY
  • OPIOID ADDICTION


11:15 GROUP EXERCISE: MOCK MEETING WITH POLICYMAKERS
Participants will engage in mock meetings to communicate the message they developed. Feedback will be provided by the instructor and other participants.

11:55 CLOSING REMARKS

12:00 ADJOURN

CONTACT

Health Officers Association of California
1100 11th Street #323
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-441-7405
916-447-2940 (fax)

Please send questions or comments to Kat DeBurgh (deburgh@calhealthofficers.org).