Master the policy process with Arizona Common Ground, an eight episode educational podcast series that gives a behind the scenes glimpse of the state legislative system to familiarize the public health workforce on how health bills can become laws.
EP. 8: No Sleep Til Signe Die
This is the last episode of Arizona Common Ground and we will be discuss the end of the legislative session. In this episode we will speak with Arizona State Senator David Bradley who will use his bill Senate Bill 1264, Arizona Community Schools Pilot program, as a case study. The story of how he shepherded this bill through the legislative session in 2019 is full of ups an downs, finding common ground, and the sometimes heart aching reality of the bill process.
EP. 7: Talking Budget
In this episode we will be speaking with Arizona State Senator Heather L. Carter, from Legislative District 15, who has been working in the legislature for 9 years and currently serves on the state appropriations committee.
Together we go through the timeline of the budget process and talk state budget.
EP 6: Amendments, Committees and Zombie Bills
In this episode we will be speaking with professor Leila Barraza who will discuss amending, stalling, and the many ways in which a bill dies. We use the case studies to talk about the relationship between federal policy and state policy. Meanwhile Senator Carter explains how a bill can be resurrected after being killed in committee… Nothing is over until signe die.
EP. 5: Caucus, Healthcare and History
In this episode we will be speaking with Healthcare experts and advocates, Deb Gullet, the Executive Director at Arizona Association of Health Plans and Joe K. Gerald, Program Director of Public Health Policy & Management at the University of Arizona.
Deb walks us through case studies at the legislative Capitol during her time as a legislator during the Medicaid expansion talks in Arizona and gives us some tips on the RTS system and how to view it as a database. Meanwhile Dr. Gerald will discuss America’s core values and how they play a role in shaping our own perspectives on healthcare and how they shape America’s healthcare system. While listening to this episode think about which core values drive your thoughts on healthcare.
EP. 4: Testimonials From A Public Health Perspective: Get Involved!
Featuring Maia Ingram, Co-Director of Arizona Prevention Research Center and Will Humble, Director of Arizona Public Health Association.
EP. 3: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Testimonial Phase
In this episode we get an inside scoop of the testimonial phase, from behind the scenes. We speak with, Greg, the Vice President of Government Relations for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) and Pele from Peacock Legal. We discuss vote count and the significance of the numbers 16, 31, and 1. We learn what a slash and burn lobbyist is and what the benefits of having an educational presentation before committee meetings. So how does one request and set up a presentation for the legislature? And how do we efficiently reach the audience?
Listen in to find out.
Arizona Common Ground
Great podcast. Episode 8 was amazing - I appreciated hearing Arizona State Senator Bradley’s common sense and inspiring perspective on how to achieve common ground in our polarized political environment today.