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About Maria Julian

Maria Julian is Executive Director at Counter Tools. Maria began her public health career at the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, Ohio in 2006. From startups to local governments in the U.S. and abroad, Maria has led teams through the implementation of behavior change strategies to improve health outcomes. Maria earned her Master of Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She enjoys sending snail mail and being outside with her partner, son and dog.

Counter Tools celebrates our 10th anniversary

As Counter Tools celebrates our 10th anniversary, we’re reflecting on the partnerships that sparked community change in the retail environment and looking forward to our ambitious goals to address health equity and empower communities to become healthier places for all. Where we’ve been Over the past [More]

By |2022-12-23T13:16:57-05:00December 23, 2022|Categories: News From Tools|

Retailers will now be required to post tobacco industry “corrective statements” at the point of sale

Starting July 1, 2023, nearly 200,000 tobacco retailers across the country must begin installing signs in their stores with “corrective statements” from the tobacco industry. This is a long-awaited result of a 2006 federal court case ruling in which major tobacco companies were found guilty of racketeering for [More]

By |2022-12-22T13:14:19-05:00December 22, 2022|Categories: Point of Sale, Policy|

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 |2022-11-22T12:08:16-05:00November 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 |2022-11-08T09:39:34-05:00November 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 |2022-09-30T09:42:55-04:00September 30, 2022|Categories: Alcohol, Data, 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 |2021-10-01T11:23:01-04:00September 14, 2021|Categories: Cannabis, Policy|

A Moment of victory: FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The Biden Administration’s announcement yesterday that the FDA will take action to prohibit menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars is a long-awaited victory that will advance health equity and protect health for all, especially for Black Americans and kids. We celebrate the originators of this movement and [More]

By |2021-05-06T11:08:57-04:00April 30, 2021|Categories: Health Equity, Point of Sale, Policy|
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