DHPE's Executive Director Susan
Goekler participated in a NDD (non-defense discretionary) Town Hall to
hear updates from Sen. Patti Murray (WA) who is the incoming Chair of the
Senate Budget Committee. Senator Murray was becoming less optimistic that
sequestration would be avoided; she will not consent to a bill that avoids
sequestration in the short term but makes things worse in the long term. She
acknowledges that the NDD part of the federal budget is the only part that has
been shrinking in the last couple of years and is not the cause of the budget
deficits. Because NDD has already been reduced, she will push for future
cuts to occur elsewhere and for increasing revenue. After she left,
non-profit organization representatives were urged to retool their advocacy
language to stress the balanced approach to deficit reduction, with NDD having
already made its contribution now it is up to others. There will be a
national NDD Call in day on Monday, Dec 10. A toolkit with sample
messages is available.
Susan and DHPE's Health Equity
Director participated in the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 2nd
National Community Partner Forum. State health agencies were notably
missing, but we raised the contributions that state health agencies could make
toward workforce development and coalition building expertise for community
organizations working in partnership with university researchers. Dr.
Owens also represented DHPE at the Federal Reserve Bank-hosted Investing in
What Works for America's Communities, one of several regional meetings that
shared ways that banks are investing in environmental changes in their communities.
Each meeting participant received a copy of the book, Investing in What
Works for America's Communities. This book is available at www.whatworksforamerica.org.
DHPE's Health Policy and Partnership Director Donna Nichols attended an earlier
meeting in Texas.
Pam Eidson, DHPE's Deputy
Executive Director for Programs, kept state health agencies' perspectives
represented at a conference entitled Inactivity in America: A Looming Public
Health Crisis. She raised the issue that the presenters omitted
discussion of systems and environmental change and continued to emphasize
individuals being active.
Explorations of ways to extend
the reach of DHPE's school employee wellness program included a call with the Alliance
for a Healthier Generation about how to coordinate with their school health