Southeast PTTC Alcohol Policy Webinar Series
Preventing Underage Drinking and Excessive Drinking Among Adults Through Alcohol Policies
A 3-Part Series: Why, What, and How
The Southeast PTTC is pleased to present a 3-part series focused on alcohol policies.
Webinar 1: The Why – Alcohol Policy: A Community Approach to Reduce Community Harms
In collaboration with the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice and the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, interactive webinar #1 detailed the benefits of working on evidence-based, population-level strategies to make the largest impact on community-level harms associated with alcohol. Presenters will discussed the science that guides effective strategies and how the science relates to communities working on alcohol-related issues.
- The data associated with harms from excessive drinking and underage drinking in the US;
- How local conditions affect alcohol-related harms at the community level; and
- The power of evidence-based, population-level strategies to address the community harms associated with excessive and underage drinking
Webinar 2: The What – Evidence-Based Alcohol Policies to Reduce Community Level Harms
In collaboration with the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice and the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, interactive webinar #2 detailed alcohol policy strategies that can be effective in reducing excessive and underage drinking, and their associated community-level harms. We covered a range of strategies and their levels of effectiveness.
- How alcohol policy strategies can address excessive and underage drinking at the community level;
- Which alcohol policy strategies are being used in communities across the country; and
- How these policy strategies complement the prevention work already happening in local communities.
Webinar 3: The How – A Proven and Practical Model to Guide the Development of Local Alcohol Policies
Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This is the third part of a 3-part series focused on alcohol policy. In collaboration with the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, this interactive webinar provides an answer to the question, ‘How do we do alcohol policy at the local level?’ The session will provide an overview of The 10-step Policy Adoption Model utilized by the Southeast PTTC.
- How to identify coalition strengths and challenges related to policy development and implementation;
- Understand the five internal steps of the Policy Adoption Model necessary to prepare a policy for public discussion, debate and support; and
- Learn the five external steps of the policy process with an emphasis on media advocacy, community organizing and post-adoption policy compliance.
About the Presenters:
Associate Director, at the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice, Liz Parsons has worked in the youth and community health field for 20 years, specializing in youth substance use prevention for the last 14 years. She has led local youth substance use prevention initiatives in several communities in Massachusetts and was a leader in the public health response to Massachusetts’ review of alcohol laws. Liz has presented about local and state alcohol policy implementation at local and national forums. She especially enjoys supporting public health professionals in their efforts to increase awareness and knowledge about impactful alcohol policies and connecting alcohol policy research with practitioner efforts in communities. Liz has a Master of Education from the University of Bristol, UK.
Michael Sparks is an Alcohol Policy Specialist and Co-Chair for the US Alcohol Policy Alliance Advisory Board. He is also the President of SparksInitiatives. His primary interest is working with communities to use policy to reduce alcohol-related problems. Michael currently serves as a consultant and trainer to communities across the country and is a trainer for Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America. He also works in a consulting role with Wake Forest University and Johns Hopkins University on alcohol policy issues. He has expertise in the alcohol policy field as well as in the areas of community building, using local control strategies to manage problematic alcohol and drug environments, the legislative process, and neighborhood revitalization.
Snigdha is a Fellow currently supporting the Training and Technical Assistance Center and Alcohol Action Network. She is an early-career alcohol and other drug policy researcher with expertise in policy evaluation and statistical modeling methods. Broadly, Snigdha studies the impacts of structural determinants on inequities in substance use-related harms. She is a current PhD student at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Snigdha also holds an MPH in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University.