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Restricting Alcohol Outlet Density: From Theory to Practice Webinar

July 23, 2015, 2:00—3:15 p.m. EDT

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Alcohol outlet density restrictions limit the number of alcohol retail establishments, such as bars, restaurants, and liquor stores, in a given area. Areas that historically have had higher concentrations of alcohol outlets include college communities and spring break destinations. During this 75-minute webinar, Michael Sparks, alcohol policy specialist, will review the impact of high concentrations of alcohol retail establishments on community health, evidence-based practices to control the density of these establishments, and measures that communities can take to reduce the negative impact of existing outlets. Nicole Carritt, Executive Director of Project Extra Mile, will describe grassroots community work in establishing and enforcing restrictions in Omaha, Nebraska. Time will be provided for questions from the audience.

The webinar objectives are that participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Restrictions on alcohol outlet density as an evidence-based approach to reducing underage and high-risk drinking among college students;
  • Barriers to and opportunities for legislation regulating alcohol outlet density; and
  • Lessons learned from local implementation of density restrictions.

Details on the webinar speakers are provided below:

Michael Sparks, M.A.Michael Sparks, M.A.

Michael Sparks, M.A., is an Alcohol Policy Specialist and the President of SparksInitiatives. His primary interest is working with communities to use policy to reduce alcohol-related problems using evidence-based strategies. In addition to his work with communities across the country, Mr. Sparks currently serves as a consultant to and trainer for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Training Institute. He also works in a consulting role with Wake Forest University and Johns Hopkins University on alcohol policy issues. Currently, he is consulting with the American Legacy Foundation to implement a model tobacco control program into Head Start agencies in over 12 states. Mr. Sparks has expertise in the alcohol policy field as well as in the areas of community building, using local control strategies to manage problematic alcohol and drug environments, the legislative process, and neighborhood revitalization. He has provided training in the areas of community organizing, alcohol policy, using the legislative process to reduce alcohol and other drug problems, neighborhood revitalization, and leadership development.

Nicole Carritt, M.P.H.Nicole Carritt, M.P.H.

Nicole Carritt, M.P.H., is the Executive Director of Project Extra Mile, a statewide nonprofit organization in Nebraska that works to prevent underage drinking, youth access to alcohol, and the related harms in the state. Prior to joining Project Extra Mile, Ms. Carritt worked as the director of a local public health agency in Iowa, using proven methods and strategies to improve the health and well-being of the county’s residents. Ms. Carritt has a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in administration from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


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