Advocacy Grand Rounds – Policy Resources & Talking to Legislators – June 10, 2021



Speakers include:

The theme for our June 2021 sessions is Policy Resources & Talking to Legislators. Both sessions are on June 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET and 8:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. Arkaprava ‘Arka’ Deb, MD, MPH, MPA, isa Co-Chair of DFA’s National Steering Committee on Gun Violence Prevention and will be moderating the conversation. He is Director of Public Psychiatry Education at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and Director of Psychiatric Services at The Door: Adolescent Health Center in New York City.

Dr. Stephanie Kang, DrPH, MS,currently serves as the Health Policy Director for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and completed her Doctor of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As Health Policy Director, she assisted in crafting the Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and executes legislative actions and political strategy in coalition with several organizations to promote Medicare for All, drug-pricing, and other health policy priorities inside and outside of Congress. Her professional background includes founding and scaling several health equity-centered organizations, conducting quality improvement in health care settings, and working in community-based global health projects.

Matthew Wellington is the Public Health Campaigns Director for U.S. PIRG, a non-profit advocacy group. Wellington has appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and numerous local TV stations around the country and has been quoted by just about every major U.S. news outlet on health issues. Wellington, who has worked for U.S. PIRG or its state groups for eight years, runs PIRG’s COVID-19 response efforts, as well as campaigns to keep children from getting hooked on tobacco and to end the overuse of antibiotics in meat production, which leads to the growth of deadly antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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