Pathways to Policy Conference
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Pathways to Policy (P2P) is a two-day program scheduled for Tuesday, January 13, and Wednesday, January 14, in Sacramento, California. Participation will be limited to a small group of 35-40 young women, ages 21-28, who have a strong interest in exploring a career in government, public policy or politics. Women from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply as we are intent on convening a group that reflects the diversity of our state.
To ensure equitable and affordable access, there are no registration fees to participate, but applicants must apply and be selected to receive a scholarship.
Thursday, December 11:
Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 11.
Tuesday, December 16:
Selection for P2P is on a rolling basis, but notification of scholarships will be sent no later than Tuesday, December 16.
Thursday, December 18:
Scholarship recipients must accept their scholarship and commit to participate in P2P no later than Thursday, December 18.
On Day One, participants will be trained in:
How a Bill Becomes Law
The Basics – and Power – of the Budget Process
Pathways to Careers in Public Policy
Participants will also attend a reception and dinner with seasoned advocates and policymakers, and have the opportunity for one-on-one dialogue.
On Day Two, participants will attend the Women’s Policy Summit 2015, a one-stop opportunity to learn about women’s policy issues from recognized California leaders.
Issues on the agenda include:
Women, Poverty & Economic Empowerment
Women, Working Families and the Workplace
Women’s and Girls’ Health
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls
We are honored that Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins will be our featured speaker at the Summit Luncheon. Her keynote address will be: Keeping the California Dream Alive for Women and Working Families.
What we will offer you in Pathways to Policy:
Learn more about the practical side of policymaking – the nuts and bolts of government and leadership
Gain a deeper understanding of women’s policy issues
Observe women leaders in action
Receive training on intentional networking – to make the most out of conferences and receptions
Learn how to conduct an informational interview – and identify realistic career-building steps for the upcoming year
Meet other young women with similar interests and ambitions
Connect to a statewide community working to advance women’s health, wealth and power
What Makes this Program Unique?
Designed to engage young women in their 20s
Mentors available throughout both days to offer advice and ongoing dialogue
Contact with elected and appointed women serving at state and local levels
Fast-paced seminars introduce young women leaders to must-know topics
Participation in the 2015 Women’s Policy Summit will link young women to cutting-edge public policy affecting the lives of women and girls
Program includes two days in Sacramento, including one night of paid lodging
You can learn more by reviewing the materials from 2014 Pathways to Policy.
Who Should Apply?
Women 21 – 28 years of age (up to and including age 28)
Young women professionals currently working in the public sector or for organizations with a connection to government or public policy
Young women looking for work in government or public policy
College-age women (AA, undergraduate or graduate) – attending community college, CSU, UC, private colleges, or trade schools
Women currently working in local or state government
Women who have pursued leadership in nonprofit, school or extra-curricular settings
We are intent on selecting a group of young women who reflect the rich diversity of our state.
Additional Requirements and Considerations
Given expected demand for Pathways to Policy, participants must commit to participating in the full Pathways to Policy training, arriving no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, for registration, and leaving no earlier than 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
Participation in Pathways to Policy is by scholarship ONLY. Scholarships include overnight accommodations for Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and all meals through lunch on Wednesday, January 14.
Travel and parking are not covered in the P2P scholarship, and must be arranged independently by the participant.
Participants should dress in business attire, and, due to space accommodations, travel with as little luggage as possible (a small overnight bag that can be easily transported).
Overnight accommodations on Tuesday, January 13, are at the Sacramento Hostel, and will involve shared rooms.
Participants can arrange additional overnight accommodations at a conference rate at the Sacramento Hostel for Monday, January 12, or Wednesday, January 14, by contacting the Sacramento Hostel directly at (916) 443-1691.
Registered participants will be asked to participate in one of two conference calls prior to Pathways to Policy to fully prepare them for the two days of activities and educational opportunities.
Please direct questions about Pathways to Policy by email only to
and allow 48 hours for a reply.
Click here to complete your application for Pathways to Policy 2015.
CCRWF gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations for Pathways to Policy:
California Legislative Women’s Caucus
The California Wellness Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Public Health Institute
CCRWF Executive Director
Kate Karpilow, Ph.D.
CCRWF Mentoring Co-Coordinators
Carrie J. Martin
Larry Cohen: 2015 Honorary Fellow
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:43
SOPHE Names Larry Cohen as 2015 Honorary Fellow
Washington, DC - The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly names Larry Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, as its 2015 Honorary Fellow. The Honorary Fellow is the highest SOPHE award to a non-member who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health education and to improving the public's health.
Mr. Cohen has been a champion and tireless advocate for public health, social justice, and prevention for more than 40 years. By elevating a systems approach to health promotion, advocating for health in all policies, and promoting health equity, he has helped people attain high-quality lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
"Larry Cohen is an inspiration for community leaders, residents, and public health professionals who are working together to create access to healthy foods, physical activity, and safe and tobacco-free environments," says SOPHE President Kelly Bishop, MA, MCHES, FASHA. "SOPHE is proud to honor Larry for his lifetime achievements in prevention that have transformed communities for lasting social change."
Among Larry's signature efforts is the founding of Prevention Institute in 1997, whichserves as the national focal point for disease prevention. He created the Spectrum of Prevention, a seminal tool for developing comprehensive, sustainable solutions for public health. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Larry also established UNITY (Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth through Violence Prevention), a national initiative designed to strengthen and support cities to effectively prevent violence. More recently, he has focused on helping to transform the nation's health system and align healthcare, public health and prevention to ensure that policies and practices keep people healthy and safe. In addition to his academic textbook,Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Well-being, Larry has published numerous articles, tools, and resources for strengthening coalitions in health equity, chronic disease prevention, and preventing injury and violence.
Prior to founding Prevention Institute, Larry formed the first U.S. coalition to change tobacco policy and created the nation's first multi-city smoking ban. He established the Food and Nutrition Policy Consortium, which catalyzed the nation's food labeling law. He also helped to shape vehicle safety policy. Larry received his Masters of Social Work degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.
The SOPHE 2015 Honorary Fellow Award will be presented in conjunction with Larry's keynote address at the Society's 66th Annual Meeting, April 22-25, 2015 in Portland, OR. The award will be presented as SOPHE convenes the nation's largest independent gathering of behavioral scientists, and health education researchers, practitioners, and students.
CDC National Implementation and Dissemination Grant
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 01:10
SOPHE Awarded CDC National Implementation and Dissemination Grant
New CDC initiatives will help create healthier communities in the U.S.
WASHINGTON - SOPHE is proud to announce that it was awarded one of six new CDC cooperative agreements designed to help create healthier communities throughout the United States.
SOPHE's proposal, Empowering Activated Communities for Health (EACH), was funded at $1.5 million over three years to provide trainings, resources, and technical assistance to funded
communities around policy and systems change for chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
"SOPHE is excited to apply its expertise in delivering the latest research and practice in tobacco prevention and control, nutrition and physical activity," says Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES,
SOPHE Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to leveraging our resources and developing new tools that will enable all people to live and thrive in a culture of health."
Overall, CDC awarded $9.4 million in new grant awards to 5 national organizations and their chapters and affiliates under its National Implementation and Dissemination initiative.
These awards will focus on strategies aimed to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to service for chronic disease prevention.
The National WIC Association, American Planning Association, and American Heart Association will fund their chapters and affiliates to support local public health planning and activities.
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) will serve as a technical assistance provider to the funded sub-recipients, along with SOPHE.
CDC's new grants are organized into six programs that focus on populations hardest hit by chronic diseases. In all, 193 awards totaling nearly $212 million (first-year funding) are going to states,
large and small cities and counties, tribes and tribal organizations, and national and community organizations.
Remarkable strides have been made over the last century to improve population health. However, the burden of chronic disease continues to negatively impact the health of individuals, families,
and communities across the nation. These new initiatives will support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.