Educating Policy Makers about Public Health Issues (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

22 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on December 11, 2017.

Training Overview
This webinar is appropriate for all public health professionals interested in leveraging tools, resources and data to educate policymakers.The webinar is designed to give participants insights, tips and pointers to more effectively educate elected officials, including state legislators and members of Congress. The webinar will address preparation, presentation, and”leave behind” materials. An experienced governmental affairs consultant who advocates for public health priorities, and whose daughter is a current Congressional staffer, will cover essential “Dos and Don’ts” for educating officials about public health issues.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Scott Maxwell

Scott spent nearly a half-dozen years in Washington, where he served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has also provided media relations and communications training for private corporations as well as employees of the Division of Family and Children Services and UGA’s Small Business Development Centers. His public affairs experience includes service as the Reading Clerk on the floor of the Georgia Senate and as a Public Information Officer assigned to disaster areas by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Scott is the immediate Past-Chairman of the Board for the State YMCA of Georgia. He is an active member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three children, one of whom currently works on health issues as a Congressional staffer.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • apply at least two communication techniques to educate state legislators, members of Congress, and other public officials
  • identify types of data and information that are useful to elected officials and staff
  • describe how elected officials process and prioritize information


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Educating Policymakers About Public Health Issues
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Resources and Evaluation
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