Advocacy Committee
Welcome to the webpage of the Florida Public Health Association’s Advocacy Committee. We are excited to pursue the FPHA’s mission – “FPHA Serves Florida’s Public Health Professionals and Students through Advocacy, Professional Development, and Networking to Improve Florida’s Health” - via advocacy initiatives. Please see below for a list of our current initiatives and current Advocacy Group members. We are always happy to have new members in the group, so please contact the Chair of the Group if you are interested in participating in our phone meetings or simply listening to the calls. Thank you.

Chair and Contact Information:

Jessica Weissman, MS, RDN, LDN


Recent Initiatives:

·         Chintan Bhatt represented FPHA in November at the 2017 American Pubic Health Association's Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, presenting a poster titled: “Florida Public Health Association’s Legislative Efforts to Pass Public Health Favorable Legislation: Evidence From Florida 2016 & 2017”

·         We are currently writing an OpEd to address the serious Opioid Problem in Florida.

·         On November 20th, 2017, Florida International University (FIU) hosted another successful Hot Topics Lunch & Learn.  This event was supported by the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work which provided lunch for all attendees.  Presenters discussed active shooting and immigration law.  About 50 people from FIU and the South Florida community participated in this outstanding event!

Upcoming Advocacy (Phone) Meetings:

Advocacy meetings are on the first Friday of every month at 11:00am. Here are the next two dates in 2018: January 5, February 2. Contact the Chair to be added to the phone call list.

The Advocacy Committee is comprised of member from all sects of Public Health.

Current Members: Jessica Weissman, MS, RDN, LDN (Chair of Advocacy Committee), Jennifer Waskovich, Lori Jordahl, Sandon Speedling, Richard France, Chintan Bhatt, H. Virginia McCoy, Sarah Catalanotto, Judith Ogbonna, Adel Elkbuli, Ari Hozman, Marisel Losa, Robert Hill Jr, Dennis H. Halfhill, Amina Ahmed, Mitra Naseh, Rebecca Lucas, Senée Mobley

Contact Information for your Florida Senators:

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL) 

716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 

(202) 224-5274

Twitter: @SenBillNelson


Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)
284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3041
Twitter: @SenRubioPress

There is no prohibition on any DOH employee communicating with the legislature regarding their personal opinions so long as the communication: (1) is on their own time; (2) is not made via DOH email/ letterhead on from a DOH issued electronic device (cell phone/ computers); and (3) it is clear the opinions are the employee’s own, and he or she does not purport to speak on behalf of the department.

Updated 12/1/17



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