Workshop Description:

Advocacy can amplify a community’s voice in an effort to increase health equity. This workshop will explore different forms of policy, Nevada’s state legislative process, and the differences between advocacy and lobbying. Workshop attendees will learn how to communicate ideas and concerns to policymakers, as well as ways to engage with them. Additionally, this workshop will build on participants’ experiences to find what will work best to mobilize change within their networks.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define policy, advocacy, and lobbying in the context of the policy process
  2. Explain why policy is an important tool to improve communities
  3. Describe the legislative process in Nevada
  4. Identify different ways to advocate
  5. Recognize tools that can assist with advocacy work

Featured Speakers:

Valeria Gurr, M.A. and Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs

Director of External Relations
The American Federation for Children

Valeria Gurr, M.A. and Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is the Director of External Relations for the American Federation for Children. The Concilio Hispano Media Group named her in 2018 as one of the most influential Hispanics in Southern Nevada. Valeria obtained her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a specialization in Marketing from Duoc UC of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2013. Valeria’s research interest after the pandemic is how the lack of access to quality education in traditional public schools and the digital divide impact low-income families, especially Hispanic and Latino children.In her role, Valeria seeks to inform and empower families with the right information to make the best decisions regarding their children’s education.

Max Gakh, JD, MPH

Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Associate Director, Health Law Program
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Max Gakh, JD, MPH, is an Associate Professor based in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Public Health and the Associate Director of the UNLV Health Law Program. His research, teaching, and service center on the intersection of law, policy, and public health and investigate how legal mechanisms and policies can improve or hinder the health of communities. His work includes exploring the government’s legal authority to promote public health, laws relevant to public health emergencies, and laws and policies outside of the health sector that impact health. Max’s previous experience includes collaborating with public health professionals to address real-world health issues using law and policy and working as a legislative attorney.