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Legal Centers and Cross-Sectional Collaboration to Drive Policy Change
Blair Inniss, J.D. from the University of Maryland – Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) will describe LRC’s purpose and function as providing technical legal assistance on tobacco related issues in Maryland. She will describe its role in partnership with non-profit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) as they work together on tobacco policy issues in their state. Jocelyn Collins, Maryland & Washington, DC Government Relations Director at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc., will discuss Maryland’s Statewide Tobacco Coalition/American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) campaign efforts and ways in which she utilizes her partnerships to address obstacles encountered. Alanna Biblow, MPH, CHES, Health Communications Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Health’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, will discuss the Maryland Department of Health's efforts to provide outreach, resources, education and enforcement in collaboration with state and local partners, to ensure a law’s effective implementation. All of the speakers will use their recent collaboration on the Maryland state law that increased the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21 years old as an example for how your organization can use collaborations to strengthen tobacco control policy.


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