C.H.E.F. promotes health and quality of life by working with coalitions, advocates and citizens to influence health policies and practices. For the past 18 years, C.H.E.F. has worked diligently with our partners to mobilize citizens, train hundreds of volunteers to effectively communicate with elected officials, develop successful advocacy coalitions, and inform state and federal policymakers about the impact of their funding and policy decisions. Our public policy work has received state, regional and national recognition.
Julie Peterson, C.H.E.F. Public Policy Director, receives CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 2005 Advocate of the Year Award. CADCA’s General Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO, and Sue Thau, Public Policy Consultant, recognized Julie during CADCA’s annual leadership conference.
C.H.E.F. advocated for public policies to strengthen the field of substance abuse prevention. Specifically, we promoted the inclusion of health and fitness in Washington State’s education reform. We also worked with key partners to lobby for the inclusion of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants Program in the federal budget. As a result of C.H.E.F.’s commitment to advocacy, over $5.4 billion has been allocated to this program over the last eleven years.
Advocacy is also fundamental to improving the health of people most affected by health inequities. The forces that produce these inequities are so fundamental, wide reaching, and powerful that a multifaceted approach that transforms public policies and funding is necessary to achieve meaningful change. C.H.E.F. works with policymakers and other stakeholders to advocate for public policies and funding decisions that result in better health for people most affected by inequities
If you have questions about our Advocacy program, please contact Julie Peterson at 1-800-323-2433, ext. 1898 or JulieP@chef.org