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Maine Public Health Association creates legislative education guide.

State legislators play an important role in their state's public health system, but public health is not the only topic area vying for their attention. To cut through the crowd and help legislators make sound public health policy decisions, the Maine Public Health Association now offers a quick-to-read public health education booklet.

With a focus on prevention, MPHA's Public Health Education booklet includes one-page fact sheets on four crucial public health topics: chronic disease, environmental health, emergency preparedness and Lyme disease. The booklet also features a quick explanation of public health's 10 essential services.

"We recruited experts from each one of those areas--MPHA members--and gave them a template to use," said APHA member Tina Pettingill, MPH, executive director of the Maine Public Health Association. Copies of the booklet landed on legislators' desks just before the start of the 2009 legislative session in January. However, MPHA members are encouraged to distribute the booklets to all policy-makers and stakeholders in their local public health arenas, said Pettingill, noting that the booklet is available as a free download at www.mainepublichealth.org.

"We didn't want to provide them with a two-inch binder of information that would never be read," said APHA member Brenda Joly, PhD, MPH, immediate past president of MPHA. "We had heard, loud and clear, that legislators get a lot of information, so keeping this concise was part of our goal."

For more information or to download a copy of the booklet, visit www.mainepublichealth.org.
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Title Annotation:THE AFFILIATES: State, regional public health associations
Author:Johnson, Teddi Dineley
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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