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Applying Environmental Strategies to

Effectuate Policy Change

The training will address key considerations and possible challenges when implementing a town/municipality policy change.  Attendees will walk away with an enhanced understanding of effective environmental strategies to effectuate community change; barriers to policy change, and the benefits of preparation & “doing your homework” before any attempt to address policy.  “Lessons learned” and frequently asked questions applicable to this work will be shared, and examples of best practice(s) when approaching policy change (e.g., identifying needs, researching & understanding the community, identifying key leaders as well as champions of change in the community town/municipality/organization; etc.) will be highlighted.


CAI  - Tobacco Free Erie & Niagara

Stan Martin - Buffalo Office Director/Senior Trainer

Stan Martin, MM, Project Director/Trainer at CAI, is responsible for coordinating and implementing several federally funded community-based participatory projects in New York State. He provides adult education training on population based health interventions, engaging state and community stakeholders in supporting local and state-wide initiatives.

These initiatives support community mobilization, engagement, Collective Impact 3.0, and systems changes in policy and practices, which lead to social norm change. Since joining CAI in 2011, he has helped develop adult education training for CAI clients working on issues ranging from Tobacco Control, Cancer Prevention, Chronic Disease Prevention, Teen Pregnancy, WIC, and School-Based Health to Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL). Before his post at CAI, he worked internationally in Toronto, Ontario, on the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy for more than two years to advance their Youth Action Alliance programs.

Rashawn Smalls - Program Manager, Advancing Tobacco Free Communities  

Joining CAI in August of 2020, Rashawn Smalls works as the Program Manager of Advancing Tobacco Free Communities. As part of a statewide Tobacco Control initiative, Rashawn works in Erie and Niagara counties and focuses on increasing the availability of tobacco-free outdoor spaces, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and helping to create a healthier environment where people live, work, and play.

Rashawn holds a Master of Professional Studies degree (New York Theological Seminary) and remains committed to community services and justice. Embracing Shirly Chisolm’s ethic that “service is the rent we pay for our stay on earth,” he serves as a board member for Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition and mentors. He educates young boys on the importance of developing healthy masculinity. “As a father, I am committed to creating a healthier, safer world for my son to inherit.”

Learning Objectives

Participants will leave the training with the following: 

  1. Articulate the benefits of the application of environmental strategies vs individual strategies in prevention

  2. Identify possible unintended consequences when developing/implementing policy and articulating a plan to address

  3. Assess the efficacy of a policy and the possible reasons for success and/or failure

  4. Identify the components of infrastructure necessary to sustain effective enforcement

  5. Effectively build relationships with “champions for change”

Thursday, January 26, 2023

2:00 - 3:30 PM


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[Registration closes on January 25th at 2pm]

The training will address key considerations and possible challenges when attempting to implement policy change in a town/municipality.
Jan 26, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Zoom Invitation
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