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Introduction to the Policy Change Process

When: March 5, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Long Island University (LIU)
Library Learning Center, Room 515
Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, New York  11201
United States
Contact: Thometta Cozart

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Introduction to the Policy Change Process

Long Island University (LIU), Library Learning Center (LLC), Room 515

Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015 Spring Cohort Interns / LIU Students

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Provided by: Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Session Agenda



8:00 AM




  • Welcome and introductory activities
  • Review agenda and materials

9:00 AM

Background and Context

  • Changing policies, environments and systems
  • Competency curricula


Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem

Health and social problems need defining and framing to encourage policy solutions. Root causes, evidence and framing in terms of stakeholder values are part of a successful definition.

10:10 AM

BREAK (15 minutes)


Using Policy Analysis Tools

How to choose among potential solutions to a problem? Stakeholder power analysis highlights acceptability and feasibility of solutions. Policy analysis techniques compare estimated impact across itemized criteria which can help to identify the solution(s) to pursue.


Influencing the Policy Change Process

Advocacy techniques are key to influencing the policy process. Successful planning uses both policy and media advocacy strategies/tactics.

11:50 AM

LUNCH (60 minutes)

Presentation: Marline Vignier, MPH, CHES

Regional Minority Health Consultant

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

Office of Minority Health



  • Brief orientation to message framing and media.

1:20 PM

BREAK (15 minutes)


Implementing Enacted Policies

Once a policy is enacted, a government bureaucracy implements it (e.g., programs, regulations, rules, and budgets).


Evaluating Policy Interventions

Policy evaluation requires assessment of all campaign stages to provide rapid feedback. Capacity, process and outcome measures are needed.



  • Additional concepts and tools in Skill-Building workshop series.
  • Review and feedback.



Session for DHPE Interns Only



3:15 PM

Review of DHPE Internship Deliverables & Site Visits

  • Dr. Steve Owens, DHPE Health Equity Director
  • Thometta Cozart, DHPE Internship & Fellowship Manager

Overview of Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

One-on-One Sessions for Interns with DHPE

  • Interns may request a session with DHPE Staff to review internship projects, final presentations and/or career counseling


Visit Shaping Policy for Health™ Introduction to the Policy Change Process for a description of this course.
Registration is limited to invited guests of the DHPE Intership Program.

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