Training Institute

Counter Tools POS Training Institute and User Conference

Save the date: OCT 19-23, 2015 

Join us for a redesigned "Getting Started at Point of Sale" Training Institute and User Conference! This is a two-track extravaganza with two days for public health advocates who are getting started and two days for Counter Tools' users who are in the thick of POS policy implementation. 

More details are coming soon! Sign up on the form below to get more information as it comes available. 

North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Collecting data in stores, May 2013 Training Institute

Collecting data in stores, May 2013 Training Institute

I loved meeting people from other states and hearing what they were doing.”

”It was one of the best trainings I’ve been to!”

I thought it was the perfect mix of presentations, hands-on learning, discussion, and low-stress networking opportunities.”

”This really helped me frame [POS tobacco control] and come up with a game plan for my state.
— Praise for previous Training Institutes

Our Vision for the Training Institute and User Conference


This will be the FIRST EVER Counter Tools Extravaganza. For one week in October, we'll bring new and old friends together -- those getting started and those who are Counter Tools' users -- as we build our movement towards healthier retail environments. 

The details are still being worked out, but we expect a smaller but mighty crowd (~40-50 people) and leading health researchers, practitioners, legal partners and advocates from all over the US to serve as 'faculty'. There will likely be two tracks, with opportunities in the middle for overlap - so total time commitment for either 'half' is about 3 days. 


About the "Getting Started Training Institute"

Our two-day, interactive 'getting started at POS' trainings are designed for public health advocates from state and local health departments and voluntary organizations who want to get started with point-of-sale tobacco control and health promotion efforts. The training is particularly helpful for those who want to start doing retail store assessments (a.k.a. environmental scans, store audits, store surveys), and would like to trial the Counter Store Audit Center software, our web-based mobile data collection system. Following is a list of key sessions: 

  • Making the case for point-of-sale
  • The policy change process
  • Assessing your POS policy options and priorities
  • How to use the Store Audit Center
  • How to do store and neighborhood audits for tobacco, food and alcohol
  • GIS and store mapping for POS tobacco control


... And the "User Conference" 

We will bring together users of our Store Audit Center and Store Mapper software tools together to have intensive working sessions that further POS progress. Some users will make presentations (if you're interested, reach out!) about their work - from mapping, to environmental scans, to community mobilization, policy compliance or enforcement. We will share success stories and challenges, troubleshoot legal concerns, learn about food/alcohol/tobacco partnerships, and more. The goal of the user conference is to move progress forward -- to advance the implementation of policies that create healthier retail environments.


For More Information

Please add your name to our mailing list, below. You could also call us at 919 593 5822 or email at If you are a past or present Counter Tools "user" and want to share your experiences with others, we'd love to talk more! 

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