Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Strategies to Advance Health Equity: Understanding and Influencing Corporate Practices of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Food and Beverage Industries to Promote Health

This is an all levels course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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Tobacco and alcohol use and the consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages are all major causes of preventable deaths and disease in the United States and around the world. While individuals are responsible for the use and consumption of these substances, this training emphasizes how public health can take a new approach to this issue: by changing the ways that the tobacco, alcohol, and food industries currently promote their products and make a profit at the expense of community health. This training details tobacco, alcohol, and food corporate strategies that can have harmful affects on population health and also provides timely and relevant examples of health departments that have used research, advocacy, and education to tackle these industry tactics and advance a public health agenda.

There are 5 major sections of the module: Introduction, Four Corporate Strategies that Boost Profit- and Harm Health, How can we take on these harmful practices - and promote health, three different Case Studies, and What Else Can We Do?.

Learners can expect reflection exercises that give them the opportunity to apply knowledge gained to their work setting. Learners may benefit from participating in the training with a colleague and reflecting on questions and activities together. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.

This learning opportunity addresses a need area identified in PH WINS 2017.

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the rationale for expanding public health practice to promote health and equity by changing corporate practices.
  • Describe at least four ways that practices of the food, alcohol and tobacco industries contribute to prevalence and inequitable distribution of chronic diseases in the US and globally.
  • Identify some of the conceptual and organizational obstacles that state and local health departments face in taking on food, alcohol and tobacco industry’s influence on health.
  • Explain how to apply “upstream” strategies to define and achieve feasible goals in their own practice.

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Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Information Specialist/Officer