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

Date: 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. 


Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater has published numerous reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities. He also speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. Rainwater’s recent research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, the sharing economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority.

Nestor M. Davidson joined the faculty of Fordham Law School in 2011 and was named the Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law in 2017.  Professor Davidson has published widely in the fields of state and local government law, property, and affordable housing law and policy.  Professor Davidson practiced with the firm of Latham and Watkins, focusing on commercial real estate and affordable housing, and served as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Professor Davidson founded and is the faculty director of the Urban Law Center. 

Sara Bartel is a senior attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where her good governance portfolio covers legal authority and preemption, the policymaking process, and cross-sector partnerships for upstream community health improvements. Her work spans issues such as healthy retail, food systems, tobacco use prevention, maternal & child health, shared use, housing, and support for working families. Sara’s legal background is in health, food, and the environment, as well as civil rights litigation. Sara is based in Fort Collins, CO, where she lives with her partner and their two little kids.

Webinar 2: Using local momentum to drive state and federal policy change

Description: Local policy change can provide case studies, lessons learned, and evidence of success, which can 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 build support for wider initiatives. In this webinar, leaders from these movements will share insights on how tireless 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. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the benefits of this model to public health and consider the possibilities of a control system as a replicable solution for other jurisdictions or areas of public health. 

Registration information coming soon!