Training Opportunities- January 17, 2014

Sodium Reduction through Procurement Strategies
On December 16, 2013, CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) co-hosted a webinar, “Salt and Your State Webinar: Sodium Reduction through Procurement Strategies”.  The webinar featured discussion by the following –

The Massachusetts Department of Health and Morrison Healthcare Food Services related to implementation and evaluation of Executive Order 509, which created food standards for state agencies purchasing and serving food.
The Arkansas Department of Health related to efforts in the state to expand healthy food strategies for employees at Arkansas state agencies.
The Washington State Department of Health related to new nutrition guidelines mandated by Executive Order 13-06 for state agencies.
The webinar may be found here: and more information about ASTHO’s sodium reduction work, here:

E-Cigarettes: A Path to Policy, Perspectives from Local and State Health Departments January 21, 3:00pm (ET)
Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report formally established the severe health risks of smoking, the U.S. has made considerable progress on tobacco control. The emergence of novel tobacco products such as electronic-cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”), however, presents new challenges to state and local public health agencies.
The webinar presenters will describe policy efforts on a local and state level addressing e-cigarettes. The webinar will provide an overview of electronic cigarette products and identify what an e-cigarette is, describe the current status of the FDA in regards to e-cigarette regulation and its implications. The webinar will review examples of policies specifically addressing e-cigarettes and describe resources that are available to help state and local efforts. Click to Register

Training Opportunity: Getting Started at Point of Sale
Greetings from North Carolina! We are pleased to announce our Spring 2014 Counter Tools Training Institute: Getting Started at Point of Sale, to be held April 24th and 25th in Chapel Hill, NC. This engaging and interactive training, led by Dr. Kurt Ribisl and the Counter Tools team, is designed to get you started with point of sale or to help you ramp up your existing point of sale efforts.

The Counter Tools: Getting Started at Point of Sale Training Institute is tailored to fit the needs of tobacco control and public health workers from state and local health departments, other health advocates and their community partners. The training package includes 3 months access to the Counter Tools Store Audit Center. Sessions will be held in a classroom setting at the NC Botanical Garden, as well as out in the field.

The learning continues upon your return home. You will receive printed materials that will help you build a case for retail, and 3 months access to the Counter Tools Store Audit Center accompanied by a weekly, informative training/technical assistance webinar. All meals and ground transportation, plus two nights single occupancy lodging at Aloft Chapel Hill are also included in training institute fees.  Please note that you can spend CDC cooperative agreement dollars to attend the Counter Tools Training Institute. We encourage you to contact your Project Officer for more information.

We hope to see you at the Spring 2014 Counter Tools Training Institute: Getting Started at Point of Sale! And please share this announcement with your colleagues. For more information or to register, click here or visit Should you have questions, comments, or ideas for additional training content, by all means reach out. Thank you, and, on behalf of our team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Engaging Students in a Smoke- or Tobacco-free Campus Policy Initiative
When: Friday, February 21, 2014; Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Pacific)
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This Fresh Air Campus webinar will provide participants with information and examples of how to engage students in a smoke- or tobacco-free campus policy initiative. Kim Homer Vagadori from the California Youth Advocacy Network will share some general strategies for engagement, examples from California schools and information about the “hot button” tobacco issues. We will then hear the on-the-ground perspective from one of our Fresh Air Campuses – the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Drs. Gabe Garcia and Joy Chavez Mapaye will share how the UAA Smoke-free Taskforce has worked to engage students in their current smoke-free campus policy campaign.

The Fresh Air Campus Challenge is a first-of-its-kind, region-wide effort to engage all colleges and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest to develop and implement a smoke- or tobacco-free campus policy. The Fresh Air Campus webinar series provides educational opportunities for community and campus partners to learn about a variety of topics specific to adopting and implementing a smoke- and/or tobacco-free college or university campus policy.

E-Cigarettes: A Path to Policy, Perspectives from Local and State Health Departments
Tuesday, January 21, 2014; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
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“Enhancing Walking and Biking in Rural and Suburban Cities”
Sponsored by the HEAL Cities Campaign of California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic and Northwest, this webinar will cover policy and funding opportunities to enhance the pedestrian and bike infrastructure in rural and suburban cities. Specific topics will include complete streets, safe walking to schools, walking and economic development and federal transportation funds. Speakers will include a subject matter expert and city officials from around the country:

  • Councilmember Ian Thomas of Columbia Missouri and Board Member of America WALKS will address why walking and biking are key strategies for cities, what policies and programs support them, and how rural communities can tackle their unique opportunities and challenges.
  •  Mayor Heidi Williams, Thornton Colorado, will share her cities’ funding strategy for building walking and biking infrastructure in a suburban setting.
  • Planners Kevin Belanger and Rebecca Torma, Rockville Maryland, will share strategies for engaging developers in funding and building walking and biking routes.

Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization


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