Tag: advocacy

Commercial Determinants of Health

Course Objective

  • Define commercial determinants of health (CDOH) and discuss their relationship to other determinants of health frameworks such as the social determinants of health (SDOH)
  • Apply CDOH frameworks to the analysis of public health problems that public health professionals encounter in order to develop programs, policies, and services that contribute to minimizing the harms and maximizing the benefits of commercial influences on health
  • Assess marketing practices and corporate political activity of at least two major health-harming industries (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, social media, fossil fuels, or others) and describe their impact on population health and health inequities
  • Identify key sources of evidence and data on the distribution, impact, and pathways by which commercial factors influence health that can inform creation of effective interventions
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of major strategies that advocacy groups and coalitions have used to reduce the harms of CDOH
  • Make the case for public health practices that address CDOH as fundamental determinants of health and health equity

Date: June 30, 2023


This course is designed to introduce public health practitioners and academics to the concept of commercial determinants of health (CDOH). It provides definitions and a framework for the study of CDOH. It also presents: 

  • How public health campaigns have modified CDOH to improve health and equity.    
  • Sources of data and evidence on CDOH  
  • Obstacles to taking on CDOH  
  • Role of public-private partnerships in tackling CDOH
Public Health Law in the 21st Century: Exploring Authority, Equity, and Advocacy
Public Health Law in the 21st Century: Exploring Authority, Equity, and Advocacy Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH, ACC Director National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH Director Southwestern Regional Netowrk for Public Health Law Livestreaming: April 4th, 2023, at 12-1 pm ET

Course Objectives

  • Describe how law serves as a foundation for public health practice.
  • Provide examples of how law serves as a social determinant of health.
  • Identify efforts to limit or diminish public health authority and how these efforts impact public health outcomes.
  • Provide examples of how law can be used to advance health and racial equity.
  • Highlight activities under way to strengthen public health advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Date: April 4, 2023

Presenter:
Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH, ACC
Director, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training 

Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH
Director, Southwestern Regional Network for Public Health Law


Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH and Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH present on public health law fundamentals. The presenters begin by explaining the basics of law in the United States and how it realtes to public health. They then discuss landmark supreme court cases and changes to public health authority since the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenters go on to discuss law as a tool for equity and racism as a public health crisis. Finally, the presenters explain how law can be used as a tool for public health practice.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how law serves as a foundation for public health practice.
  • Provide examples of how law serves as a social determinant of health
  • Identify efforts to limit or diminish public health authority and how these efforts impact public health outcomes.
  • Provide examples of how law can be used to advance health and racial equity.
  • Highlight activities under way to strengthen public health advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.
Community Engagement: The People’s Approach to Improving Health and Social Outcomes

Course Objective

  • Define community engagement
  • Discuss why community engagement is critical in advancing health and social equity
  • Describe the role of local health departments (LHDs) in engaging local communities and their leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and policies
  • List best practices, strategies, and participatory processes for community dialogue and engagement
  • Discuss ways to integrate community engagement in public health practice

Date: June 30th 2021

Subject  Matter Expert: 
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Founder and Board President, Health Equity Initiative; Principal, Strategies for Equity and Communication Impact (SECI)


This course developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) focuses on community engagement, and the role of local health departments in engaging local communities. It focuses on strategies for “true” community engagement, which is about collaborating with and empowering local communities, and recognizing the expert in every community member and every leader representing the community. It also provides an overview of case studies, best practices and strategies for community dialogue and engagement and/or integrating community engagement in public health practice.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define community engagement
  2. Discuss why community engagement is critical in advancing health and social equity
  3. Describe the role of local health departments (LHDs) in engaging local communities and their leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and policies
  4. List best practices, strategies, and participatory processes for community dialogue and engagement
  5. Discuss ways to integrate community engagement in public health practice
Region 2 Public Health Training Center