Biannual Conference

2015 Arise Policy Conference photos and materials

We'd like to thank the 300-plus attendees and presenters who helped make the 2015 Arise Policy Conference a huge success! Below, you'll find a link to photos from the energetic event on Feb. 5, 2015, at Birmingham-Southern College. You'll also find links to handouts and materials from both the workshops and the closing presentation from State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson.

We were excited to see everyone, and we hope you keep in touch! Follow Arise on Facebook and Twitter, and share your feedback and your vision for a brighter future in our state using #AriseVision. Together, we can build a better Alabama for all!

Photos from the 2015 Arise Policy Conference

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Workshop and presentation materials

Session A: Silence is not an option: Advocacy 101

     - Presentation

     - Legislative Process fact sheet 2014

     - What can one person do? 30 action steps

Session B: Break the cycle: The high costs of payday and title lending

     - Presentation part 1

     - Presentation part 2

     - Presentation part 3

Session C: Rethinking long-term care

     - Presentation

Session D: Teaming up for getting well

     - Presentation by Gina Anderson

     - Presentation by David Crocker

Session E: School partnerships for family health

     - Presentation by Pam Clasgens

     - Presentation by Kerri Dewitz

     - Presentation by Karen Parker

Session F: Speak up for Medicaid expansion

     - Presentation by Jim Carnes

     - Presentation by Lucy Dagneau

     - Presentation by Naveed Farrukh and Danielle Fincher

Session G: Accountability without transparency?

     - Presentation

Session H: Why threats to the safety net matter to us all

     - Presentation

Session I: Fixing income inequality from the bottom up

     - Presentation

     - Pulling Apart study on income inequality, 2012 edition

Session J: Bridging the rural provider gap

     - Presentation

Session K: The intersection of housing and health

     - Presentation

Session L: Understanding Alabama Medicaid reform

     - Presentation by Terry Andrus

     - Presentation by Jim Carnes

     - Presentation by Stacy Taylor

     - Presentation by Anna Velasco

Session N: Getting unstuck: Public transportation policy in Alabama

     - Presentation

Session O: More with less: Alabama's K-12 funding cuts

     - Presentation

Session P: The common good: Alabama taxes 101

     - Presentation

Closing plenary: Envisioning a healthier Alabama for all

     - Presentation

Register today for the 2015 Arise Policy Conference!

Join with hundreds of people working toward a better Alabama at the 2015 Arise Policy Conference on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Birmingham-Southern College! Learn about the policy challenges facing our state and how your advocacy can help make Alabama a stronger, healthier state for all.

The Arise conference, "Share the Vision: Creating a Path Forward," will feature speeches by Demos President Heather McGhee; State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson; and UAB's Dr. Michael Saag, a pioneering HIV researcher. We'll also offer a host of workshops examining how better public policies on health care, housing, transportation, tax reform and other issues can help ensure Alabama is a state where everyone has an opportunity to build a better life.

It'll be an exciting, energetic day, and we hope to see you there! Click here for more information and to register today! Online registration has been extended until Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Register for the conference here.

Review the conference brochure.

Read ACPP's January 2015 newsletter to learn more about the conference.

Moving Alabama Forward -- ACPP Policy Conference, Fri., Feb. 8, Auburn University Montgomery

You won't want to miss "Moving Alabama Forward," the 2013 ACPP Policy Conference, Fri., Feb. 8, at Auburn University Montgomery. This year's event comes at a particularly urgent and promising time for improving public policies that affect our most vulnerable neighbors. During opening week of the 2013 legislative session, the conference will highlight:

  • Late-breaking developments in Alabama Medicaid reform;
  • New benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA);
  • Crucial steps to erase Alabama's health disparities;
  • How the ACA helps small businesses;
  • New strategies for ending predatory lending;
  • The challenge of food insecurity among Alabama's older adults;
  • Restoring the constitutional right to a public education; and
  • Other topics you care about.

The registration deadline is Feb. 1. Get the registration brochure here.

2009 Health Care Access Conference

Knowledge, strategies & hope for a healthier Alabama -- A statewide conference presented by Arise Citizens' Policy Project, Alabama Appleseed and the Birmingham-Southern chapter of Alabama Arise and made possible by a generous grant from the Public Welfare Foundation.

The 2009 conference brochure describes the 20 breakout workshops, three plenary sessions and more.


2007 Poverty & Policy Conference

It's inspiring to know that nearly 400 Alabamians are willing to brave icy winds to spend a day envisioning a fairer Alabama! On Feb. 15, 2007, the second Poverty & Policy Conference filled Birmingham-Southern's Norton Campus Center with civic and church leaders, community advocates, educators, students, social workers and other hardy souls from around the state. This year's conference theme, "Let Justice Roll," echoed throughout the day in keynote addresses by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Anniston Star editor Bob Davis, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute co-founded Odessa Woolfolk. Three breakout sessions offered a total of 24 workshops on topics ranging from Medicaid reform to affordable housing to environmental justice.

The 2007 conference brochure  The 2007 conference brochure gives program details.

2005 Poverty & Policy Conference

ACPP's first-ever statewide Poverty & Policy Conference drew more than 480 participants to Birmingham-Southern College on Feb. 15, 2005. The all-day event brought together community activists, church leaders, state agency personnel, nationally recognized scholars and policy experts, and 160 college and university students from around the state. Their energy and insight offered new hope for the long haul.

 The 2005 conference brochure  The 2005 conference brochure describes the event's 24 workshops and featured speakers.

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