Summary of the Improving Healthy Behaviors Critical Issue Session
Philadelphia: Regions I, II, III
October 5, 1998



Randy Schwartz, MSPH
Director of the Division of Community and Family Health

Maine Department of Health


Janice Ford Griffin
Deputy Director, Join Together (Boston)

Discussed the importance of including substance abuse as a public health message. Emphasized the importance of a local focus to address specific needs of a community.

Three overall points that Ms. Griffin shared with the audience were:

Sonja Hedlund
Public Health Representative, Healthy Start Program

New York State Health Department

Spoke about the importance of making a critical review and the need for implementing changes in the public health sector. Ms. Hedlund’s three overall points to the audience members were: