Policy is a powerful tool to create environments that support positive health behaviors.
Policy is a powerful tool to create environments that support positive health behaviors. According to the World Health Organization, an explicit health policy defines a vision for the future; it outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups; and it builds consensus and informs people. As we explore the policy of children’s health, we’ll see the decisions, plans, and actions that are being undertaken nationally and locally to achieve specific health goals within our communities.
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute
"Principles for Building healthy Places" | ABSTRACT
Mary M. Lydon is the Executive Director of ULI San Diego/Tijuana district council. She has more than 15 years experience in community, economic, and real estate development, and has a strong commitment to catalyze visionary leaders into action towards the creation of a sustainable planet. In January 2009 Mary was appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to the City of San Diego Planning Commission. The seven member Planning Commission oversees all of the development projects which come before the city for approval. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the University of California San Diego Urban Policy and Planning Department. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mildred Thompson, MSW
Director, Center for Health and Place, PolicyLink
"Improving Community and Family Health Through Policy and Advocacy" | ABSTRACT
As Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, Mildred Thompson leads the work of the organization's heath team, participates in research focused on understanding community factors that impact health disparities and identifying practice and policy changes needed to improve individual, family and community health. Thompson has authored several reports and journal articles focused on reducing health disparities, increasing awareness about social determinants of health and effective ways to impact policy change. Prior to joining PolicyLink, she was Director of Community Health Services for Alameda County Public Health Department, Director of Healthy Start, a federal infant mortality reduction program, and Director of San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center. Thompson has degrees in Nursing, Psychology and a graduate degree from NYU in Social Work. She has also taught at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and has worked as an Organizational Development Consultant. Thompson is frequently sought for presentations and keynote addresses and serves on several boards and commissions including: Board Member, The Zellerbach Family Foundation; Co-Chair, The Institute of Medicine’s Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Roundtable; Member, National Advisory Council of National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO); and Advisory Board, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.
Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention