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Reducing Sugary Drinks in Healthcare Facilities: Starting the Conversation

Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This webinar introduces the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities. It also provides a case study of how Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego implemented a healthy beverage program; explains the Minnesota Commons Health Hospital Challenge, which includes a sugary drink sales elimination pledge; and provides practical tips and strategies for starting a conversation within a healthcare facility about this important issue.

Palliative Care versus Harmful Exposure: Secondhand Medical Marijuana Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The number of states that have adopted statutes permitting the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances continues to grow. Accompanying this growth is an increase in questions about how these laws affect smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties. This webinar reviewed the interplay between medical marijuana laws and policies addressing secondhand smoke. The discussion covered both private, market-rate properties and federally subsidized public housing and Section 8 properties.

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Public Health Law Center Helping Kansas Communities

Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Public Health Law Center provides a range of legal technical assistance for the Kansas Health Foundation, including the Healthy Communities Initiative grantees. This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist communities with potential public policy approaches designed to support healthy eating and active living.

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Knowing the Enemy: Tobacco Industry Tactics

Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The tobacco industry has used, and continues to use, many different tactics to hook youth on its products, keep them addicted as adults, and avoid regulation and responsibility for its behavior. This webinar looks at the historical context of the tobacco industry’s behavior and its tactics in areas such as smoke-free regulation, marketing, and tobacco product regulation.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Initiatives and Liability: Opportunities, Perceptions & Realities

Date: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Various public health policies have proven effective in promoting physical activity and reducing weight gain and obesity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives are a topic of conversation in communities looking for ways to promote active transportation. SRTS programs encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school part of their daily routines. However, concerns over accidents, injuries and “liability” may not match the realities.  This webinar provides an overview of the development and implementation of successful SRTS initiatives.

Pressing the FDA on Menthol

Date: 
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

Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Public Health Journal was a weekly cable television program, host by Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Dr. Ehlinger invited Public Health Law Center Executive Director Doug Blanke to discuss how attorneys and other professionals help community leaders use public policies to improve the nation's health. Public Health Journal was produced by Minneapolis Office of Media Services, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.

This episode aired October 31, 2012. 

An Introduction to the Public Health Law Center

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of the science behind obesity and chronic disease, and explains why growing numbers of hospitals are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption and other healthy eating strategies within their facilities. It provides information about strategies and tools, drawing on examples from hospitals around the country as well as highlighting work in Minnesota. Health care facilities play an important role in promoting health, both as medical providers and as thought-leaders within communities.

Voting for Tobacco Control: Headaches, Hazards and Opportunities

Date: 
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.

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

Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This webinar demonstrates how tobacco control supporters can search industry documents at the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents (formerly known as Legacy Tobacco Documents Library), and use them in their work. The online collection of tobacco industry documents at the University of California, and several similar databases around the world, provide hard evidence for anyone interested in building a case for tobacco control laws and policies or facing legal challenges to tobacco control measures.

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

Date: 
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. Over the past few years, strong opinions have been voiced for and against the use of outcomes-based incentives in connection with worksite wellness initiatives. As employers attempt to reign in rising health care costs, many are moving toward the use of these incentives tied to health care premiums and/or deductibles.

Addressing Health Disparities: Smoke-Free Policies for Public Housing

Date: 
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.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Child Care

Date: 
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. Sponsored by The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

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

Date: 
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. Sponsored by the Public Health Law Center and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

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Public Health Law 101

Date: 
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. Sponsored by The American Heart Association, the Network for Public Health Law, and the Public Health Law Center.

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Does it Work? Evaluating Local Early Care and Education Regulatory Change (2012)

Date: 
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

Date: 
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. Sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Public Health Law Center, and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

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Addressing Childhood Obesity through School Food Procurement

Date: 
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. Sponsored by The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

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Policy Options for Combating Tobacco Industry Price Discounting

Date: 
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. Sponsored by the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy, the Public Health Law Center, Public Health Law & Policy, and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

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

Date: 
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. Sponsored by The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

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

Date: 
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. Sponsored by The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

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Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: Walking Through the Corner Store

Date: 
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. Sponsored by Public Health Law Center and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

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

Date: 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This webinar covers baseline studies conducted in Minnesota and Massachusetts that assessed the secondhand smoke problem, the percentage of buildings with no-smoking policies, residents’ opinions, market demand for smoke-free policies, and experience with policy implementation; results of legal research on options available to owner-occupants and homeowners’ associations; public policy approaches to reducing exposure; strategies for working with trade associations for community association managers and board members and the attorneys who serve them.

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