Local governments are on the front lines of adopting laws and policies that have the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities. CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance, in collaboration with Counter Tools, is hosting a three-part webinar series to equip attendees with an understanding of why local policy solutions are important, lessons learned from local policy implementation efforts and innovative policy strategies built at the local-level


Webinar 1: Building the Rationale for Local Policy Change

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Completed on June 21, 2-3:30 PM EST


The ability for cities and towns to tailor laws is vitally important to ensuring these policies adhere to the wants and needs of the communities they impact. In this webinar, speakers will provide a broad rationale for local-level policy efforts and the implications for public health, as well as insight on strategies that have proven successful for local policy implementation. 



Webinar 2: Using Local Momentum to Drive State and Federal Policy Change

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Completed on August 5, 2-3:30 PM EST


Assessing local policy change through case studies helps identify lessons learned and keys to success, which can help set the stage for state or national change. The Tobacco 21 and smokefree air movements are two examples of tobacco control policy strategies that have seen success at the local level in building support for wider initiatives. In this second webinar of the Local Control webinar series, CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) and Counter Tools bring together leaders from these movements to share insights on how steadfast work at the local level helped to drive policy change across the country.



Webinar 3: Innovative Local Solutions in Public Health

Description: We often see innovative policy solutions tested first at the local-level. In this webinar, you’ll learn about alcoholic beverage regulations in Montgomery County, the sole “control” jurisdiction in the state of Maryland and one of very few jurisdictions across the country to use this model. You’ll hear about efforts at the county level in Maryland to advance policies that make the food and beverage options on restaurant kids’ meal menus healthier, with a strategy of spreading these policies throughout the state —  with an eye towards a state-level law. We will also highlight the City of Berkeley, California, the first city in the nation to levy a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as the first in the country to pass a healthy checkout policy. 

August 22, 2022 at 2 PM EDT


  • Kathie Durbin

Director, Alcohol Beverage Services

Montgomery County, MD

  • Stuart Berlow

American Heart Association

  • Holly Scheider

Scheider Consulting