In October 2014, Public Health Ontario conducted a provincial municipal alcohol policy scan on behalf of the Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines public health working group. This presentation will include a brief history of municipal alcohol policies (MAPs), including the benefits, challenges, key components, and roles within a public health context. It will provide an overview of the provincial MAP scan, which will include the scope of the scan and some of the scan’s quantitative and qualitative results. Additionally, the webinar will highlight Grey Bruce Public Health Unit's ongoing work with local municipalities to address alcohol-related harms through the development of the municipal alcohol policy template. The Grey Bruce Health Unit's presentation will:
• Inform participants of the events that precipitated the development of the template.
• Share processes used to collaboratively develop the MAP template.
• Identify short-term outcomes based on the evaluation of the template tool.
• Highlight next steps and recommendations from the evaluation report .
Jason LeMar is a health promotion consultant who works in the area of alcohol policy at Public Health Ontario (PHO). He has had various roles in public health and health care, including working at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and in the Infection Prevention and Control department at PHO. Jason has several years of experience providing technical assistance, training and consultation support directly to Ontario’s public health units in the area of alcohol policy.
Jason Weppler has been a health promoter with the Grey Bruce Health Unit since 2008. Jason supports policy development in a variety of areas including alcohol, tobacco, physical activity, transportation and healthy community development. One of his most successful projects was working with 17 local municipalities to develop a common municipal alcohol policy template.
• To understand the importance of MAPs
• To gain understanding of the scope of the Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines public health working group provincial MAP scan
• To get a snapshot perspective of MAPs in Ontario.
• To profile recent experiences and lessons from communities involved with MAP development.
• To increase knowledge of one approach used to develop, implement and evaluate a MAP template.
Participants should have a basic understanding of alcohol policy and municipal alcohol policy.
If participants are unsure of their knowledge about MAPs they are encouraged to review the Alcohol Policy at a Glance online series at: http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/LearningAndDevelopment/OnlineLearning/HealthPromotion/Pages/HP-Essential-Skills.aspx
Participants can review the Ontario Health Promotion E-bulletin on the provincial MAP scan report at: http://www.ohpe.ca/node/16357
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