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Enhancing the Impact of Public Policy on the Health of Vulnerable Populations

eXtension's Creating Healthy Communities learning network and the 2012 Priester National Extension Health Conference invite you to participate in a 60-minute web conference.

Enhancing the Impact of Public Policy on the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Date: Monday, March 26
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Roberta Riportella, Ph.D.
Health Policy Specialist
Family Living Programs
Department of Consumer Science
School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

No registration is needed.

To attend link to a few minutes before the start time, 3:00pm (EDT). Log in as a guest, using your name if you wish. Participants will use computer speakers for audio and interact through the chat box.

• Attend this 60-minute web conference focused on how the work we do has impacted health policy
• Learn about strategies that you can adopt in your role as health literacy educators to enhance the impact of public policy on the health of vulnerable populations.
• Share your experiences and ideas through this interactive session

This webinar will address the role that Extension and other faculty can play in helping to enhance the impact of public policy on the health of vulnerable populations.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor and Extension Specialist Roberta Riportella will discuss this in the broad context of a Wisconsin statewide coalition project called Covering Kids and Families.

Roberta will also talk about how the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) offers new opportunities for collaborative educational programs that will impact all population groups (and yes, some of the "what ifs" surrounding legal challenges to its individual mandate provisions).

Pre-questions are welcome and interaction will be encouraged during the webinar.

To attend link to a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

About the Presenter:
Roberta Riportella serves as Project Director for covering kids & families-Wisconsin, a coalition-based Medicaid outreach organization. As part of covering kids & families, she is involved with several outreach and research projects including:
• REACH BC+: Retention and Enrollment to Achieve Children's Health and Build Capacity, Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future, UW School of Medicine and School of Public Health (northeast and southeast Wisconsin); Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
• Outreach work covering kids & families. Helen Bader Foundation
• Contracted to complete BadgerCare+ on-site enrollment for state’s CHIPRA (federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reconciliation Act) commitment. Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Roberta is a Professor in the Department of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison and a Health Policy Specialist, UW Extension. Roberta is also currently contracted to identify ways for Wisconsin's School Food Authorities (SFAs) to increase their capacities to consistently run the federally required Direct Certification process (school lunch programs) as efficiently and as frequently as possible. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Relevant websites:

Roberta's Extension Health Reform public blog

Health Families and Communities Extension team page

Roberta has been with Cooperative Extension and UW-Madison in the Department of Consumer Science since 1993. Prior returning to UW, Roberta she spent four years teaching medical students and conducting research in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at SUNY at Stony Brook. She then worked six years at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill researching public health issues. When she first returned to UW she worked as an associate scientist in preventive medicine at UW-Madison.


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