Scott P. Hays, PhD

Dr. Scott P. Hays is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research centers around policy innovation and change with a focus on local adoption of health promoting policies, preventing youth substance use through positive youth development and youth civic engagement. He is the developer of Engaging Youth for Positive Change, a youth civic education curriculum that uses local health advocacy campaigns as a teachable moment for youth civics. Dr. Hays led a successful local clean indoor ordinance campaign in Champaign and Urbana and has authored several studies of state and local politics and policy. He currently chairs the Illinois Tobacco-Free Partnership, is advocacy chair for the Illinois Paddling Council, is a founding Board member of the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy and serves as a Commissioner on the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.  

Strategies for Engaging Your Community for Positive Change

"We need policies in place that will help absorb the risk of a transition from an industrial agriculture to more regenerative agriculture that has a better possibility of serving the greater good of society as a whole."--John Ikerd
InterviewScott P. Hays
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In this interview, I'm talking with Dr. Scott Hays, developer of the innovative program Engaging Youth for Positive Change about his experience engaging community members of all ages to advance health promoting policies and activities through civic engagement processes. We talk about:


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