Add policy skills to your tool belt! Our team has trained partners from state and local health departments, departments of education, and partner non-profits how to do policy work and stay safe doing it.
The Policy Academy begins January 2018. If you are interested in participating, please contact NCSD’s Manager of State Policy, Taryn Couture, by December 15th.
Is it possible to do policy work within the confines of your job? How do you create a policy solution that will address a public health challenge in your state? How do you build a coalition of supporters? What is the best way to message and craft compelling arguments that will resonate with policy makers?
Finding and implementing policy solutions to public health challenges can seem like a big task, particularly while juggling other competing interests, but in NCSD’s Policy Academy, health department STD and HIV programs and their partners learn to address these challenges in five simple online modules.
The Policy Academy is a program designed to teach public employees and partners how to educate policymakers within the confines of their job, and support them in gaining the skills to participate actively and effectively in using policy to address public health problems.
Through the five online modules, health department STD and HIV programs and their partners will:
In addition to the provision of one-on-one technical assistance throughout the Policy Academy, NCSD is available to assist participants with activities such as, in-state briefings, factsheet creation, and messaging development. All Policy Academy activities are designed to give public employees the tools to safely engage in state policy activities.
In the years since the Policy Academy began, more than 100 participants have been trained. Participants come from state and local health departments, departments of education, and partners.. These participants have worked on policy issues ranging from Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) to state sexual health plans to third trimester syphilis testing requirements. And in many cases, the work done in the Policy Academy has ultimately led to real policy change on the state-level!
Preparatory phone call: Thursday, January 11
Module 1: Understanding the policy/decision making process and identifying champions: Thursday, February 8
Module 2: Developing policy recommendations: Thursday, March 8
Module 3: Messaging and using data: Thursday, April 12
Module 4: Building coalitions: Thursday, May 10
Module 5: Developing an action plan/strategy: Thursday, June 7
In-Person Meeting: July (for invited participants)
We make policy look good! Our awesome in-person 2016 Policy Academy participants.
Contact NCSD at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to express your interest!