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Seminar: Planning Effective Municipal Alcohol Policies
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 02:30 pm to 04:00 pm
Venue: webinar
Health Promotion
City: Online
Format: Webinar
Part one of a two-part series:
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. An overview of steps to planning effective MAPs will be presented along with a review of experiences and lessons from communities involved with MAP development.   


Benjamin Rempel
Ben is a Health Promotion Field Support Specialist in Alcohol Policy at Public Health Ontario. Ben has worked as both a Program Specialist and Program Manager in public health for over ten years in the areas of injury prevention, community engagement and alcohol policy. Ben has contributed to numerous publications, reports, workshops, and resources on healthy public policy, with research published in several academic journals. He holds an undergraduate degree in health promotion from Laurentian University and a master’s of public health from the University of Waterloo.
Salima Hussein
Salima is a Health Promotion Field Support Specialist focusing on Planning and Evaluation at Public Health Ontario. Salima holds a master of public health (health promotion) and a master of social work from the University of Toronto, as well as a bachelor of social work from the University of British Columbia. Her professional background includes ten years of experience in program planning, monitoring and evaluation in the not-for profit sector. 
Krissi Spinoza
Krissi is a passionate advocate of community development and healthy communities. She has worked extensively with not-for-profits and local government organizations both in Canada and the UK in order to support communities in improving their health and well-being. In her current role at BC Healthy Communities, Krissi is working with the BC Ministry of Health, local governments and local community groups to deliver the MAP program throughout the province. The MAP program will support approximately 25 communities throughout BC to develop, deliver and evaluate MAPs.
River Chandler
River joined the BC Ministry of Health in 2009 as a Policy Analyst in the Problematic Substance Use Prevention department.  Her harm reduction work spans illegal and prescription drugs and alcohol.  She currently co-leads a project working with local governments and First Nations to develop MAPs.

Learning objectives

  •  To present current research on the history, benefits, components and challenges of municipal alcohol policies.
  • To profile recent experiences and lessons from communities involved with MAP development.


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