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Increasing Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Minnesotans through Mobile Food Shelves

Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2016

This webinar provides an overview of legal and policy issues impacting mobile food shelves, current funding and support opportunities, and some lessons learned on the ground.

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Webinar: Clearing the Clouds: Demystifying the Vape Shop (2016)

Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vape shops, or retail stores that specialize in e-cigarettes and related products, seem to be popping up everywhere. Although the total number of vape shops in the United States is unknown due to a current lack of regulatory and licensing policies, estimates in September 2016 range anywhere from 3,500 to 35,000 and growing.

Kansas’ Government Control of Local Food Policies Law (2016)

Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016

This is a Kansas law enacted in 2016 that preempts local authority in favor of state government authority in several areas, including with respect to local regulation and oversight of food service operations, retail food establishments, and other matters concerning local food and agricultural practices. Presenters provide an overview of what the Government Control Law (HB 2595/SB 366) says and how it impacts food systems work in Kansas.

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Policy Development Efforts in Kansas to Support Public Health (2016)

Date: 
Monday, August 22, 2016

Creating healthy communities is a process and requires a variety of leadership skills. In this training, explore how to draft effective written documents to create meaningful, equitable and enforceable community initiatives to support healthful behaviors, like healthy eating and active living. This session outlines key Kansas laws impacting local initiatives and identify opportunities to incorporate an equity lens into community efforts to increase access to healthy food, physical activity, and reduce tobacco use. The training includes:

News from the Front: State and Local Regulation of E-Cigarettes – Legislation and Advocacy (2016)

Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This webinar examines the current policy landscape of state and local regulation of e-cigarettes in the U.S. and discusses regulatory gaps in the wake of the FDA deeming rule. An advocacy leader and two legal experts identify recent trends and emerging issues nationally and in Minnesota.

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Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part IV - Equity and Engagement

Date: 
Monday, July 18, 2016

Equity and Engagement: Building Authentic Relationships (part four in a series).

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Residential Care Settings: Policies & Priorities (2016)

Date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Over the last 25 years, both the U.S. and Canada have seen a large increase in smoke- and tobacco-free environments, including public places, workplaces, multi-unit apartment buildings and affordable housing. State and local tobacco control laws often exempt residential care settings, including assisted living, adult foster care, nursing homes and similar environments, where many of the most vulnerable members of society live and where a disproportionate number of residents (and staff) either use tobacco products or are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part III - Integrating Food Access into Local Planning (2016)

Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2016

Working with Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food in MN, part three in a series.

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You’ll Have to Wait a Little Bit Longer: Practical Support and Policy Considerations for Tobacco 21 Laws (2016)

Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In 2015, the Institute of Medicine released a report detailing the significant public health benefits associated with raising the tobacco sales age. While all states have laws prohibiting retailers from selling tobacco to minors, more and more communities are raising their minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to 21. This webinar provides an overview for state and local policymakers, advocates, and others interested in increasing the MLSA for tobacco and related devices and products – such as electronic cigarettes.

The Deeming Rule Explained: What the Public Health Community Needs to Know (2016)

Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016

The FDA took an important step to protect public health by publishing a final rule in May 2016 to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. For this webinar, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium welcomes Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, to explain what is in the FDA’s final deeming rule and how it will be implemented. Consortium staff attorneys discuss the potential next steps for the FDA, and identify policy options for state and local tobacco control advocates to build on the FDA’s historic action.

Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part II - Local Community Planning (2016)

Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016

This webinar, the second in a series, helps prepare food and health advocates for productive collaborations by sharing an overview of how and why planners make decisions. Additionally, speakers provide some concrete tools and examples that attendees can use with their own city planners.

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Under the Cyber Radar: Addressing Youth Access to E-Cigs and Tobacco Online (2016)

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It’s not surprising that youth can easily buy e-cigarettes and tobacco products online. Internet-based e-cigarette and tobacco retailers often exploit legal loopholes and illegally sell their products to minors, contributing to America’s ongoing tobacco epidemic. This webinar discusses actions that states and the federal government have taken in an attempt to curb these online sales practices.

Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part I - The Basics (2016)

Date: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

This webinar provides an overview of Minnesota city and county government structure and authority. The discussion focuses on opportunities for local food coalitions and networks in Minnesota to work with local governments while also providing concrete examples of actions city and county governments can take to increase access to healthy food in local Minnesota communities.

Webinar: Increasing Farm to Institution in Kansas (2016)

Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2016

This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation, and features Public Health Law Center attorneys Natasha Frost and Mary Marrow. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. This is a webinar in a series of educational and informational sessions for grantees in the Kansas Health Foundation Healthy Communities Initiative.

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Webinar: Regulating Menthol Tobacco Products: The Current Policy Landscape (2016)

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In this webinar, presenters describe litigation developments, the federal regulatory picture, and the national policy landscape in 2016, highlighting two active jurisdictions: Chicago, where enforcement has begun on its 2013 ordinance restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools; and Minnesota, where the state health department and two cities are employing various approaches to reduce the use of menthol and other flavored tobacco products.

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Food and Farm Councils: Mobilizing Communities to Support Healthy Local Foods (2016)

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016

This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation, and features Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. Food and Farm Councils have quickly become a trend in Kansas. They are being established in communities all over the state with efforts led by diverse health, agriculture, and economic development partners. This webinar will discuss what Food and Farm Councils are, and what steps communities have taken to establish these councils.

Tobacco Technical Assistance for Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grantees and ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) Coalitions (2016)

Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This webinar introduces DFC Grantees and ATOD Coalitions to the Tobacco Technical Assistance team in Minnesota, as well as provides an overview of policy adoptions available to address and sale and use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The webinar was hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota tobacco technical assistance team: the American Lung Association (ALA), the Association for Nonsmokers-MN (ANSR), Clearway Minnesota, and the Public Health Law Center (PHLC).

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Home is Where the Health Is: HUD’s Proposed Rule Restricting Smoking in Public Housing (2015)

Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2015

On November 17, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that would restrict smoking in public housing.  During this Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar, presenters give an overview of what the rule covers and doesn’t cover, describe the process of implementing smoke-free housing policies, and explain how to submit comments on the proposed rule to HUD. Presenters include Consortium attorneys, a HUD staff member, and smoke-free housing experts.

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Webinar: Community Use of School Facilities in Minnesota (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015

This webinar identifies liability issues, risk management strategies and available resources for Minnesota schools allowing community use of school property.

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Covering Tobacco Cessation Treatment: Why the New Federal Recommendation Is a Big Deal for Smokers (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015

On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated recommendation regarding tobacco cessation treatment, affirming the importance of a comprehensive cessation benefit in improving health. Although more than 51 million Americans have successfully quit smoking and former smokers now outnumber current smokers in the U.S., many tobacco users face barriers in accessing cessation treatments that are covered by insurance as a preventive service.

Simplifying Community Use of School Property in Missouri

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Staff from the Public Health Law Center and Missouri School Board Association introduces tools and discusses information to simplify and improve community access of school facilities. They reveal school administrator and community group survey results, demystify liability and insurance, and discuss best practices for increasing access to school property. This free webinar was made possible by funding from the Missouri Convergence Partnership.

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Tribal Tobacco Control and the Law (2015)

Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tribes have the inherent authority to undertake measures to promote public health in the manner most appropriate for their communities, which can include both program and policy interventions. Legal interventions have proven to be one effective means for tobacco control. This webinar highlights the difference between traditional and commercial tobacco use and outlines the public health impact of commercial tobacco use on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Tobacco & Trade: A Global Effort to Undermine Public Health (2015)

Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tobacco and international trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, have been in the news a lot lately. This Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar provides an overview of the controversy over tobacco in international trade and the impact of free-trade tobacco on global public health. Speakers describe the worldwide tobacco problem and the tobacco industry’s historic use of litigation as a tool to thwart global tobacco control efforts. The webinar also provides a brief update on current international tobacco trade litigation.

Flavor Craze: Restricting Flavored Tobacco Products at the Point of Sale

Date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Flavored tobacco products are seemingly everywhere in the retail environment. While most of the recent focus has been on flavored e-cigarettes, this is only one part of the issue. For example, a recent national survey found that 82% of tobacco retail stores sold flavored cigars. This webinar gives an overview of the scope of flavored tobacco products at the point of sale, why they matter in the “War in the Store,” and policy solutions that can help limit their impact on youth tobacco use and initiation.

The Essential Guide to the Master Settlement Agreement (2015)

Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2015

Listen to the leading Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. The MSA is an historic accord between cigarette companies and 46 states, reached as a result of litigation seeking compensation for the states’ healthcare costs related to effects of smoking.

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