Educating Your Elected Officials About Public Health Priorities
This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and framework to aid them in educating their elected officials about public health priorities. It will guide public health professionals to distinguish between education and lobbying efforts. The didactic and interactive components of this workshop will assist participants to utilize data to develop a successful public health advocacy campaign to improve public health outcomes in your community, state, or nationally. The workshop will be interactive with opportunities to practice the skills needed to educate public health officials and to identify the strategies that work best to achieve your desired outcomes.
- Define health department’s role in educating elected officials
- Describe the difference between educating elected officials and lobbying
- Understand how to utilize data to educate elected officials
- Understand how to prepare for questions from elected officials
- Identify techniques for communicating with elected officials
- Identify elected officials in local and surrounding jurisdictions
- Create a public health advocacy campaign for elected officials to share
Holly Jordt, BSN, CPH
Holly Jordt is a Public Health Professional working from Kalispell, Montana. Holly graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002 from Montana State University. She completed her Master of Public Health in November of this year with the University of Montana.
Holly spent 16 years employed with the Flathead City-County Health Department in various capacities, with her last 6 years as the Maternal Child Health Manager, overseeing WIC, Immunizations, Public Health Home Visiting, Behavioral Health systems, and Housing stability. Holly began working with the Montana Public Health Institute as the Public Health Program Officer in November of 2020. Holly is passionate about promoting health equity and addressing the social determinants of health through collaboration.