ASPH Legislative Committee Meeting
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Hotel
Sunday, December 11, 2005
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Members: SPH Participants:
James Merchant (Iowa) Barry Bloom (Harvard)
Ruth Katz (GWU) Pierre Beukens (Tulane)
James Curran (Emory) Stanley Lemeshow (Ohio)
Marla Gold (Drexel) Robert Meenan (BU)
Audrey Gotsch (UMDNJ) Allan Rosenfield (Columbia)
Michael Klag (JHU) Susan Smith (Columbia)
Peter Levin (Albany) Ngina Lythcott (Columbia)
Gary Raskob (Oklahoma) Patricia Wahl (Washington)
Linda Rosenstock (UCLA) Eileen Breslin (U Mass)
Susan Scrimshaw (UIC) John Finnegan (Minnesota)
Ciro Sumaya (TX A&M) Debra Olson (Minnesota)
Kenneth Warner (Michigan) Max Michael (UAB)
Michael Reid (USF)
Guests: Edyth Schoenrich (JHU)
Mark Mioduski (Cornerstone) Lenora Davis (JHU)
Amy Souders (Cornerstone) Chris Atchison (Iowa)
Jennifer Martin (Michigan)
I. Welcome and Introductions
Chair Dean Merchant called the meeting to order and introduced two new members of the
Legislative Committee: Dean Warner (Michigan) and Dean Klag (JHU). He then introduced the
two members of Cornerstone Government Affairs: Mark Mioduski and Amy Souders.
II. Approval of 2005 agenda and 2004 minutes
The minutes from the Legislative Committee meeting, held in the Columbia B room at the Hyatt
Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, on November 7, 2004 were approved, as
was the agenda for today’s meeting.
III. Status report of FY 2006 ASPH Legislative Agenda and Activities and Update on
Budget Reconciliation Process
Dean Merchant reported that over the past year, the Legislative Committee has met via
teleconference, and been constant communication with staff from Cornerstone Government
Affairs, ASPH’s contracted lobbying firm. It was reported that the Legislative Committee
agreed to renew the contract with Cornerstone.
Next, Mark Mioduski presented an update on the status of the budget appropriations with
specific focus on the outcomes as related to the ASPH legislative agenda. Copies of the
presentation were distributed to members and guests.
Mark highlighted the following items:
- The NIH doubling era is over.
- HRSA is expected to have a $205 million cut; however, the Public Health Training Centers
are expected to receive funding, albeit a cut.
- ASPH, as a member of the Campaign for Public Health, supports the goal of doubling CDC’s
funding. Senators Specter and Harkin continue to support this goal.
Mark agreed to provide a summary report on the final appropriations bill, including impact on
ASPH supported programs, to the deans.
IV. ASPH Legislative Strategies for FY ‘07
It was agreed that ASPH would follow similar legislative strategies for fiscal year 2007 as in
fiscal year 2006. However, the deans agreed to devote time during the upcoming Hill Days
(March 7-8, 2006) to develop a strategic plan to guide ASPH in the future (see below).
V. New Business
Voting Rights Act
Dean Scrimshaw reported that the Diversity Committee had been asked to support the renewal of
the Voting Rights Act. The Diversity Committee members asked Dean Scrimshaw to seek
support of the Legislative Committee in this effort. It was agreed to present this issue at the
Dean’s Meeting on Monday, December 12.
ACTION: Regarding the Voting Rights Act Renewal, following advice of the full membership,
ASPH will support efforts to renew the Voting Rights Act by joining with other coalitions.
ASPH and Indian Health Service
Dean Raskob reported on efforts to increase interaction with the Indian Health Service, and in
particular, enter into a cooperative agreement. Dean Merchant commended Dean Raskob for his
work and for keeping the Legislative Committee informed of his efforts.
Dean Raskob noted that the ASPH IHS Taskforce (comprised of 6 SPH deans, several SPH
faculty members, and several tribe representatives) has identified three top priorities: workforce
development, prevention, and translation of research to practice.
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Dean Raskob also reported that he; Dean Swanson and Dr. Spencer continue to work to establish
a cooperative agreement with the IHS; hopefully in the next year.
VI. ASPH Hill Days 2006
Acknowledging the numerous legislative successes of ASPH, the deans also discussed the need
to re-examine the ASPH legislative strategy and set new goals. Specifically:
- Dean Gold noted that new SPH are asked to advocate for existing programs that do not
benefit the new schools. For many of those projects, the funder is not seeking new
proposals; instead the emphasis is on increasing funds for the existing projects.
- One idea would be to advocate for specific health issues, and to reconcile funding with
current public health needs (as opposed to appropriations for current agencies/programs
without an explicit guiding rationale). The suggestion was to convene a strategic
planning session that would use zero-based visioning to determine priorities.
- ASPH could work to influence how NIH distributes funding for more public health.
- ASPH could work to educate legislators on specific needs for increased funding in public
ACTION: ASPH will convene a strategic planning session on the afternoon before the Hill Day.
The session will be Tuesday, March 7th. ASPH will send information about the session to all
Dean Merchant thanked everyone for his or her participation, and adjourned the meeting at 3:30
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