Why Alcohol Policy: A Community Approach to Reduce Community Harms

The Southeast PTTC is pleased to present a 3-part series focused on alcohol policies. In collaboration with the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice and the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, this interactive webinar will discuss the public health benefits of working on evidence-based, population-level strategies to make the largest impact on community-level harms associated with alcohol. Presenters will discuss the aspects of a communities’ environment that might be contributing to underage drinking and discuss the science behind taking a population-level approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • The data associated with harms from excessive drinking, including underage drinking in the US;
  • How local conditions affect alcohol-related harms at the community level and contribute to inequities; and
  • The power of evidence-based, population-level strategies to address the community harms associated with excessive drinking, including underage drinking.



About the Presenters:

Elizabeth Parsons

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

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 PeddiReddy

Snigdha is a Fellow currently supporting the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice and APHA’s 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.




In order to be eligible for the stated contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar on the video platform.
Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.
If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.


Starts: Sep. 8, 2022 2:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 8, 2022 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 8, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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