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Legal Centers and Cross-Sectional Collaboration to Drive Policy Change


Oct 22, 2020 11:42 AM

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Jocelyn Collins
MD & DC Government Relations Director @American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc
Jocelyn Collins currently serves as the Maryland & Washington, D.C. Government Relations Director at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In this role, she leads the movement to end suffering and death from cancer by planning and executing issue campaigns focused on health care policies affecting cancer patients. Her legislative successes to date include: Tobacco 21– raising the sales age of all tobacco products to 21, #NoTeenTanning – prohibiting minors from using tanning beds, and increasing the state tobacco tax by $1.75 per pack and earmarking $18.25 million toward tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Maryland (veto override in 2021). Her local legislative successes include stopping a special exception that would have allowed for an indoor cigar lounge at MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Jocelyn attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & International Studies from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.
Alanna Biblow
Health Communications Coordinator @Maryland Department of Health’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control
Alanna Biblow is the Health Communications Coordinator for the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control within the Maryland Department of Health. In this position, Alanna oversees CTPC's statewide media efforts, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of campaigns, such as the Responsible Retailer Campaign, Maryland Tobacco Quitline, and the Vape Experiment. Alanna earned a B.A. in Sociology and an MPH from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Blair Inniss
Senior Staff Attorney @Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Blair Inniss, J.D., is a senior staff attorney with the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Blair provides technical legal assistance to Maryland health officials, legislators, and organizations working in tobacco control. After graduating from Maryland Law, Blair worked as a health policy analyst for the Maryland Department of Health where she gained experience in program and contract management as the state coordinator for Healthiest Maryland Businesses, and worked on legislation and regulations for the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration.