Training Institute/User Conference


Are you new to tobacco control or point of sale interventions? Or are you a current user of our Tools and interested in taking your data to the next level?

Join us for two Interactive and Exciting Events!


User Conference (UC) October 18-20, 2015

Training Institute (TI) October 21-22, 2015 

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

New! Our full conference agenda with speakers is now available! 

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. Early Bird Registration closes August 15th and Regular registration closes September 15th.  Hurry and secure your spot today!

Registration is now open!

North Carolina Botanical Gardens

North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Dr. Kurt Ribisl, Counter Tools Co Founder, presenting at a 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
               Collecting data in stores, May 2013 Training Institute

               Collecting data in stores, May 2013 Training Institute

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 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

If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the User Conference or Training Institute, please add your name to our mailing list, below. You could also email Charla Hodges for more information. Please note that this is not the official registration form for either event and should be used for inquiries only. 

If you are a past or present Counter Tools "user" and want to share your experiences with others, we'd love to talk more!  We hope to welcome you to North Carolina in October at one of our events.

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