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About Elizabeth Gerndt

Elizabeth Gerndt is a Project Director at Counter Tools. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree at Clemson University and earned her Master of Public Health at Emory University. Before coming to Counter Tools, she managed food and built environment initiatives for a SNAP-Education program. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers!

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|

Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative 2020 – Highlights from Tobacco Control Programs

The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) and Counter Tools facilitated the inaugural Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative for National Tobacco Control Programs and National Comprehensive Cancer Control from May to September 2020. In order to participate, interested states were required to establish a three-person team consisting of a statewide representative from each of the following [More]

By |2021-04-16T11:06:53-04:00March 10, 2021|Categories: Data, Partners, Policy|

Trust for America’s Health releases recommendations to address obesity crisis

Access to healthy food or safe places to be active is inconsistent across communities and research shows that socioeconomic factors including poverty and race/ethnicity contribute to an increased rate of obesity. The State of Obesity 2020 report provides evidence-based policy recommendations for addressing the obesity crisis [More]

By |2020-10-08T10:40:18-04:00October 8, 2020|Categories: Data, Health Equity, Healthy Food|
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