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About Elizabeth Gerndt

Elizabeth Gerndt is a Project Director for Counter Tools. In her role as Project Director, Elizabeth supports partners across the country in enacting and enforcing policy, systems, and environmental change interventions that promote health equity. Elizabeth has a bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. She is based in Cary, North Carolina.

Building healthier communities for all to reduce cancer risk

Researchers continue to uncover how health behaviors– like diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use– can be risk factors for certain cancers. In fact, one recent study estimates nearly half of all cancer deaths are associated with these potentially modifiable risk factors. The American Cancer [More]

By |2023-09-01T14:51:29-04:00September 1, 2023|Categories: Accessibility, Health Equity, Healthy Food|

What do we know about modern oral nicotine pouches?

If you’ve visited a convenience store lately, you’ve likely seen advertisements for nicotine pouches like Zyn, On!, Rogue or Velo. These ‘modern’ oral nicotine products have seen massive increases in sales over the last several years. What do we know about these products and who’s using [More]

By |2023-07-28T13:51:28-04:00July 28, 2023|Categories: Point of Sale|

Healthy POS Webinar Series: Better Conversations about Health Equity and Tobacco POS Strategies

Join Counter Tools for our upcoming Healthy POS Webinar titled "Better Conversations about Health Equity and Tobacco POS Strategies." In this webinar, Dr. Julie Sweetland (FrameWorks Institute) will help attendees understand effective ways to message about health equity from a tobacco perspective, and best practices to [More]

By |2023-04-03T11:35:43-04:00April 3, 2023|Categories: Webinars|

Alcohol industry profits from marketing to underage buyers

It’s easy to find data on all sorts of consumer trends in alcoholic beverages, from insights on how the pandemic impacted sales to what products are gaining popularity, often with breakdowns by age, gender, and other demographic information. One data point you won’t see represented in [More]

By |2023-02-22T11:25:49-05:00February 22, 2023|Categories: Alcohol|

Success story: Kansas high schoolers participate in summer project to learn about the tobacco retail environment

From September 2021 to August 2022, Counter Tools supported the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to address two of their identified priority areas: preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults, and addressing tobacco-related health inequities. This included point-of-sale training for [More]

By |2023-02-22T11:24:46-05:00November 22, 2022|Categories: Point of Sale, Success Stories|

CDC releases new mapping techniques best practice supplement

Maps are a valuable tool for understanding community trends, visualizing disparities, identifying gaps in program and policy implementation, educating decision makers, and evaluating interventions. In expanding upon the evidence-based recommendations in the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs–2014, the Center for Public Health Systems [More]

By |2023-02-22T11:25:05-05:00November 8, 2022|Categories: Data|

The benefits of mapping alcohol outlets

Mapping is a public health tool that has been used for centuries to find patterns, tell stories, and support policies. In 1854, mapping the location of cholera deaths allowed John Snow to identify a pattern and ultimately determine the source of the outbreak. While our technology [More]

By |2023-02-22T11:25:14-05:00September 30, 2022|Categories: Alcohol, Data, Point of Sale|

Addressing the Off-Campus Tobacco Retail Environment to Enhance Tobacco Free Colleges

Colleges and universities across the country have had success in using policy to protect students from exposure to secondhand smoke on campus. However, these policies do not address the tobacco retail environment immediately off-campus. Considering the off-campus retail environment in tobacco control efforts can be the perfect [More]

By |2022-03-30T13:06:32-04:00March 7, 2022|Categories: Health Equity, Point of Sale|

Lessons from tobacco control for cannabis policy

The majority of Americans live in a state where cannabis is legal and marijuana has been decriminalized, while a growing number of states have legalized recreational marijuana. Here are a few lessons we can learn from past tobacco control challenges and successes to build a more [More]

By |2023-02-22T11:25:22-05:00September 14, 2021|Categories: Cannabis, Policy|
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