18th Annual Advocacy Summit



More than 120 health professionals from 26 states and American Samoa gathered for the 18th annual Advocacy Summit. Representing a delegation of more than 35,000 health education professionals, attendees spent an interactive and engaging 1.5 days in skill-building workshops designed to develop and hone participant advocacy skills.

Sessions provided updates on priority areas from a diverse group of public health, education, and health equity experts.


Priority areas include:

  • Supporting the Reducing Disparities Using Care Models and Education Act of 2015
  • Legislation authorizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to test a payment and service delivery model including health education
  • $50 million in funding in FY 2017 to strengthen and expand the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program
  • $23 million in funding in FY 2017 for the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s School Health Branch to expand health education in schools

This year’s speaker line-up:

  • David Birch, PhD, MCHES, University of Alabama
  • Amy Thompson, PhD, MCHES, University of Toledo
  • Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, CDC Office of Minority Health
  • Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA, SOPHE
  • Brigitte W. Johnson, APR, SOPHE
  • Steven Grant, National Education Association
  • Jeanine Robitaille, MPH, CHES, SOPHE
  • Keely Rees, PhD, MCHES, University of WI La Crosse
  • Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, SOPHE
  • Cherylee Sherry, MPH, MCHES, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Daniel Duquette, EdD, University of WI La Crosse
  • Jerrica Mathis, M.Ed, Drinker, Biddle & Reath
  • Stephanie Maddin Smith, JD, American College Health Association
  • Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, American Public Health Association
  • Anders Cedergren, PhD, University of WI La Crosse
  • Alyssa Penna, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

Following the skill-building workshops, participants gathered on Capitol Hill for insight and inspiration from Alyssa Penna, legislative director for Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). The group held 100 meetings with members of Congress or their staff. Participants particularly loved the opportunity to “walk the talk” during the full day of House and Senate meetings.

Did you attend the Summit? Share your experiences and photos on the Health Education Advocacy Summit page on Facebook.

See you at the 2017 Summit!