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Pressing the FDA on Menthol

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the FDA the authority to address the crushing public health burden of menthol in tobacco products, especially on youth, African-Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, in the three years since the law was enacted, the FDA has studied the issue but failed to act on this authority. This webinar will discuss what the public health community can do to press the FDA to take bold action on menthol.

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Public Health Journal: Dr. Ed Ehlinger interviews Public Health Law Center's Doug Blanke

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Public Health Journal is a weekly cable television program with host Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Doug Blanke discusses how attorneys and other professionals help community leaders use public policies to improve the nation's health.

An Introduction to the Public Health Law Center

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Public Health Law Center provides legal technical assistance to communities around the country on a variety of public health issues. This webinar outlines the breadth and depth of assistance, with a specific emphasis on support to Minnesota grantees working on Community Transformation Grant (CTG) projects, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) strategies and Tobacco Free Community (TFC) initiatives.

Current Trends in "Roll-Your-Own" Tobacco Regulation

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The "roll-your-own" tobacco (RYO) industry has exploded in recent years. While the recently enacted federal transportation reauthorization bill takes an important step by classifying retailers who make RYO machines available to consumers as tobacco manufacturers, it solves only part of the combustible, loose tobacco product problem. State and local governments can play an important role in closing remaining RYO loopholes.

Rising to the Challenge—Why and How Health Care Facilities Are Implementing Nutrition Strategies on their Campuses to Prevent and Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of the science behind obesity and chronic disease. It explains why growing numbers of hospitals are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption and other healthy eating strategies within their facilities. Finally, it provides information about strategies and tools, drawing on examples from hospitals around the country as well as highlighting work in Minnesota.

Voting for Tobacco Control: Headaches, Hazards and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why not let the voters decide?  When it comes to tobacco control, the answer can be tricky.  This webinar explores how states and local communities have used ballot measures to support tobacco control, and the advantages and disadvantages of ballot measure strategies.  Julie Ralston Aoki, Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, describes some of the legal and strategic considerations in using ballot measures to advance tobacco control initiatives; Kerry Cork, Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center/Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, provides an overview of Nort

Digging into Tobacco Documents: Real Life Examples of How to Advance Tobacco Control (2012)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This webinar demonstrates how tobacco control supporters can search industry documents at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)’s Legacy Tobacco Documents online library, and use them in their work. 

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls in Promoting Outcomes-Based Incentives with Worksite Wellness Initiatives

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This webinar will provide an interactive discussion of the use of outcomes-based incentives with worksite wellness initiatives and the legal and policy implications of these efforts.

Addressing Health Disparities: Smoke-Free Policies for Public Housing

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The adoption of smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties has been increasing exponentially over the last several years.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a strong supporter of these policies because eliminating smoking in individual units protects residents by improving the indoor air quality and lowering the risk of fire.  From this webinar, attendees will learn about the legal considerations involved when adopting and implementing smoke-free policies for subsidized housing.   A representative from HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard reviews recent HUD announcements and initiatives regarding smoke-free policies and the Director of Operations and Property Management from the Boston Housing Authority discusses that authority’s decision to implement smoke-free policies.

Webinar: Healthy Kids, Healthy Child Care

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This webinar outlines intervention and policy strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the child care setting.  Presenters cover the current state of the research, including opportunities for improvement and research gaps.  In addition, presenters provide an analysis of the child care legal landscape, including statutes, regulations and cases. Finally, presenters will cover existing intervention-based resources and promising interventions being used around the country. 

No Smoking, Child on Site! New Smoke-free Policies to Protect Kids

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of policy considerations for those interested in providing a safe smoke-free environment for children in foster homes, passenger vehicles, child care settings, and playground areas. It also presents regulatory and legislative updates and describes policy challenges and options for jurisdictions considering smoke-free or tobacco-free measures to protect children in these settings.

Public Health Law 101

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This webinar provides a review the legal foundations for federal, state, and local power to protect the public’s health. Presenters discuss “hot topics” such as social justice, health care reform, the Farm Bill, and tobacco control, and the scope of the government's power to develop, enforce, and implement public health laws and policies.

Does it Work? Evaluating Local Early Care and Education Regulatory Change

Monday, May 7, 2012

On May 8, 2012, Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost joined other child care experts to present at the Weight of the Nation conference.  Other presenters included Dr. Dianne Ward, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Dr. Laura Kettle Khan, Senior Scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control; and Dr.

Telling the Public Health Story to the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of federal regulation of tobacco and explains how to interact directly with the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, including how to submit comments to the FDA on tobacco regulation, to promote public health objectives.

Addressing Childhood Obesity through School Food Procurement

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of why school food procurement is key to changing the nutritional quality of school meals.  Presenters highlight schools’ practices of procuring food for federally-funded school meal programs, the legal requirements schools must follow when procuring food, and schools’ opportunities to leverage procurement practices for the improvement of school nutrition.

Webinar - Policy Options for Combating Tobacco Industry Price Discounting

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The webinar explains the public health importance of strategies to restrict tobacco price discounting, and it will outline the various options that state and local governments might consider in limiting tobacco price discounting, as well as the legal issues implicated by such policy options.

Building Effective and Sustainable Local Gardens to Promote Public Health, Part 1

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This webinar series discusses role of local gardening efforts in promoting public health and reducing obesity and provide an overview of important legal and policy considerations impacting local gardening efforts. 

Building Effective and Sustainable Local Gardens to Promote Public Health, Part 2

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This webinar provides case studies of the three most common types of local gardening efforts – community gardens, school gardens, and employer-sponsored gardens.  These case studies will discuss key components needed to establish and successfully maintain these gardening efforts.

Webinar - Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: Walking Through the Corner Store (2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

This webinar discusses tobacco control policies that apply at the point-of-sale, using the perspective of a customer standing in the midst of a tobacco retailer’s store.  Concepts will include how tobacco products are placed, promoted and advertised within the store, the types of products available for sale, and where the store itself is located. The webinar will discuss both practical and legal issues associated with these policy options. 

No-Smoking Policies in Condos: Working with Community Associations & Common Interest Communities

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Creating a Culture of Wellness through Worksite Policy Change

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This webinar outlines why written worksite wellness policies are critical to the sustainability and effectiveness of worksite wellness efforts.  The webinar also provides an overview of different legal and policy issues that employers should consider when developing and implementing a worksite wellness policy. 

Webinar - Policy Options for Restricting Tobacco Sampling and Couponing

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This webinar discusses the impact that marketing strategies have on the price of tobacco products and the effects that price reductions have on consumption rates. It explains the importance of policies prohibiting tobacco sampling and limiting the distribution and redemption of tobacco coupons, and outlines various policy options that state and local governments might consider to limit these industry practices.

Developing a Tobacco-free Campus Policy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This webinar provides insights of persons who work directly on tobacco-free campus policies for educational institutions, and is designed to assist organizations in creating effective campus-wide tobacco-free policies. 

Impacting the Food Environment through Procurement Policy Change

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This webinar addresses how procurement policy change is being implemented across the country through government policy and in private and public organizations.  The webinar discusses the importance of procurement policies in creating a healthier work environment, how to successfully implement healthy procurement policies, and how to navigate different legal and policy issues that can arise with the implementation of healthy procurement policies.   

Using School Wellness Policies to Advance Policy Change

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This webinar provides an overview of school policies, explains the importance of a school health council, and outlines key tools to make school policy change a reality.