Upcoming Webinar

The SUNY Potsdam Tobacco Free Campus Initiative


Presented by:

Torie Keeton

Janelle Jacobson, PhD

Brent Crow, PhD

Webinar Description:

SUNY Potsdam, located in St. Lawrence County, NY, is the 78th college campus in New York state that has declared itself a smoke restricted campus.  In an effort to promote and protect the public's health this strategy is not enough - a smoke-restricted policy allows for exposure to side stream smoke, which is responsible for the deaths of 3000 nonsmoking New Yorkers each year.

This webinar focuses on a grassroots initiative led by SUNY Potsdam's  Eta Sigma Gamma students to direct a movement to ensure that their peers will not be included in this statistic.  The presentation will describe their ongoing efforts to lead a health advocacy campaign with the goal of changing the college's policy from smoke-restricted to tobacco free.  It will detail the challenges the students have faced and how they are conducting this undertaking by utilizing outside community organizations and partnerships with other student groups on campus.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Describe the avenues and methods the students of Eta Sigma Gamma have used to create a unified student voice to create a policy change in their community

2.  Summarize the various angles the students are using in the health education campaign to persuade dissenting peers, faculty, staff and administration

3.  Brainstorm various other events, collaborations and campaigns that can be conducted to increase the number of tobacco free campuses in New York State

Date:  Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Bios:

Torie Keeton (lead presenter)  is a junior working on her Bachelor of Science in Community Health at SUNY Potsdam.  She is the president of the SUNY Potsdam's chapter of the community health honors fraternity Eta Sigma Gamma where she is leading the campaign to change the college's policy on tobacco from smoke restricted to a tobacco free campus.  Torie sits on the Student Health Advisory Committee, Student Giving Committee, and works as a Student Ambassador.  She is the head of the New York State National Alliance on Mental Illness New York State Young Adult Network and is working to bring Mental Health First Aid to the SUNY Potsdam campus.  Torie plans to continue on with her education to earn a Master of Public Health degree in health policy.

Janelle Jacobson, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Community Health at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Iowa and received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Jacobson has previous experience working with both state and local public health departments, as well as nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include implementation of evidence-based public health programming, public health systems and services research and health policy change. 

Brent Crow comes to us from the Land of Lincoln, where he earned his Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University.  He also attended Eastern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Community Health, a Master of Science in Exercise Science, and a Master of Arts in Gerontology. His research interests include: mobile technology and health, age and health, and social media effect on social norms.



Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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