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Successful Public Health Advocacy

Lessons Learned from Massachusetts Legislators

Authors: Chanyasulkit, Chris

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  • Is based on recent and primary research conducted at the Massachusetts State House 
  • Features interviews with current legislators and successful public policy advocates   
  • Includes concrete ideas from actual legislators on how to successfully approach, engage, and get your legislator's attention
  • Is a practical guidebook with first-hand advice from local, state, and national advocates in "Notes from the Field" excerpts
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About this book

This concise volume guides public health advocates on how to successfully advocate for their cause, strengthen their messaging and communication strategies, build coalitions, and gather political allies.

In the book, the author shares lessons learned from an exploratory study in which key legislators from the Massachusetts General Court (legislature) were interviewed to determine their level of awareness and knowledge regarding health disparities. Racial and ethnic disparities in health are a major concern for citizens, states, and the nation and are important to study and understand to strategically address and eliminate such inequities. Through these lessons, public health advocates gain an understanding of whether and how factors affect knowledge and awareness of health disparities and learn to communicate more effectively with legislators, key stakeholders, and other decision-makers. The brief also features “Notes from the Field" from those working in the "trenches" that highlight different perspectives on health disparities and provide first-hand advice for advocates hoping to close the disparities gaps and create a more equitable nation for all.  
Successful Public Health Advocacy is a relevant resource for advocates, as well as students, in public health, public policy, and related fields who wish to gain a better understanding on how legislators gather their health information for policy-making or constituent work and apply this data to develop and implement effective public health advocacy campaigns.  

About the authors

Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH, is an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. In that capacity, she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans and women throughout the Commonwealth. Dr. Chanyasulkit co-edited the books HIV/AIDS Treatment in Resource Poor Countries: Public Health Challenges and the Handbook of Global Tuberculosis Control: Practices and Challenges, and served as managing editor for the book Emerging Infections in Asia (all published with Springer). She is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. This belief has informed her extensive work in national, state, and local levels of public health, health care, public policy, government relations, and the higher education field.  

Reviews

“I have known Chris Chanyasulkit since she was a graduate student of mine at Northeastern University – and she was a fine one. What’s more, she has continued to be a public advocate, as a teacher, and as an elected official in our hometown. And she won that office the old-fashioned way – house to house and door to door. When it comes to public advocacy, she knows whereof she speaks.” (Michael S. Dukakis, JD, Former Governor of Massachusetts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Health Disparities: What Are “Health Disparities”? Why Do We Care? Should We Care?

    Pages 1-10

    Chanyasulkit, Chris

  • “The More You Know, the Further You’ll Go” or What Do Legislators Know About Health Disparities and What Does This Mean for Public Health Advocates?

    Pages 11-22

    Chanyasulkit, Chris

  • How to Get Your Legislator’s Attention

    Pages 23-34

    Chanyasulkit, Chris

  • If at First You Don’t Succeed…

    Pages 35-43

    Chanyasulkit, Chris

Buy this book

eBook 39,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30288-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Successful Public Health Advocacy
Book Subtitle
Lessons Learned from Massachusetts Legislators
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Public Health
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30288-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30288-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-30286-3
Series ISSN
2192-3698
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 53
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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