Training Institute and User Conference


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User conference (UC) OCT 18-20, 2015

Training Institute (TI) Oct 21-22, 2015 

Join us this Fall at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill!

First, we are hosting a two-day User Conference for Counter Tools' clients and partners -- anyone who has used our tools previously and wants to gather with fellow place-based public health advocates. Then, we will lead our well-loved, two-day, redesigned "Getting Started at Point of Sale" Training Institute for public health advocates who are new  or getting started in tobacco and food-related point-of-sale initiatives. 

Registration is now open!                                                   Early Bird Registration closes July 31st                                       Regular Registration closes September 15th

Download the agenda and frequently asked questions here.


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 User Conference

This will be the FIRST EVER Counter Tools User Conference. Our goal is to bring Counter Tools' users together to review successes and challenges as we advance towards healthier retail environments. 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.  See the draft agenda for a list of topics. 

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. 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

For More Information

Please add your name to our mailing list, below. You could also email Charla Hodges for more information. 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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