Institute for Public Strategies Staff to Provide Expertise at National Alcohol Policy Conference in U.S. Capital

SAN DIEGO – April 24, 2024 – The Institute for Public Strategies is honored to provide several staff members who will offer their expertise at the Alcohol Policy 20 Conference in Arlington, VA in May, sponsored by the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance. This year’s theme centers around changing America’s relationship with alcohol by moving evidence into action.

IPS CEO Brenda Simmons and Chief Strategy Officer Sarah Blanch will present “ACTing for Equity: An Equity-Centric Framework for Reducing Alcohol-Related Problems in Communities.”

Vice President of Programs Eric Collins and Prevention Specialist Hannah Cordeiro will present “Developing and Implementing Grasstop Coalitions to Address Alcohol-Related Harm.”

Media/GIS Director Meredith Gibson will present “Uncorking the Truth: Unraveling Health Inequities in Alcohol-Dense Neighborhoods.”

Los Angeles Regional Director Kendall Watanabe will team up with Program Manager Carolina Gabaldon, Collins, and Cordeiro in presenting an interactive workshop “Young Advocates Program: Successes from a Tri-County Partnership on Amplifying Youth-Based Leadership and Advocacy Through a Comprehensive Internship Program.”

Watanabe and Program Manager Gabriel Hill will lead a workshop “From Vision to Impact: Nurturing Sustainable Alcohol and Substance-Use Community Coalitions.”

“Our participation in this important conference will help strengthen the understanding of how to advance evidence-based public policy in preventing and reducing alcohol-related problems,” Simmons said. “It’s important that we advance rational alcohol policies with an emphasis on offsetting the public costs of alcohol use while considering the future of alcohol policy in the light of health care reform and other changes in the U.S. political and public health landscape.”

The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of state and local organizations working on alcohol policy independent of commercial interests.

IPS works alongside communities to build power, challenge systems of inequity, protect health, and improve quality of life with a vision for safe, secure, vibrant, and healthy communities where everyone can thrive.


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Brittany Hunsinger

Institute for Public Strategies

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