Fall 2019 Workshop 

You are invited to join the New York State Public Health Association and New York State Association of County Health Officials for a 2019 fall workshop: Public Health Impact: Cannabis, E-Cigarettes & Vaping.”

The program content will address implications for public health, cannabis policy and health equity resulting from a legalized program. As New York State considers the passage of policy to establish an adult-use cannabis program, it is imperative that public health stakeholders unite to prepare for potential implications and learn about policy, regulatory and governance aspects related to legalization.

Leading from the cannabis discussion will be the latest on e-cigarettes and vaping in New York State. With the recent enactment of a ban on favored electronic and tobacco products and the upcoming implementation of Tobacco 21 in New York State, e-cigarettes and vaping are a hot topic! Hear from Dr. Barbara Wallace from the NYS Department of Health, local county health officials and statewide advocates with the latest information, the impact on communities and enforcement.

Throughout this workshop, there will be built in time for networking with professionals representing: local health departments; academia; clinical care settings; community-based organizations and others who value the health and safety of communities in New York.

Click here to download a copy of the workshop flyer to print, post and share within your networks.

Featured Speakers

Gillian L. Schauer, PhD, MPH

Public Health Consultant, Gillian Schauer Consulting 

Dr. Schauer is a subject matter expert in cannabis/marijuana, tobacco, and polysubstance use. Offering strategic insight, research and data analysis, and policy-related technical assistance to a variety of federal, state, and local public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, King County, and the State of Rhode Island. Founder and lead of the Multi-State Collaborative for Cannabis and Public Health, a learning collaborative convening state health officials from states that have legalized non-medical (recreational) cannabis.

R. Lorraine Collins, PhD

Associate Dean for Research, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Dr. Collins is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.  In June 2016, Dr. Collins was appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s ad hoc committee that reviewed the health effects of cannabis. In 2017, the committee published a consensus report entitled, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research Agenda, which continues to serve as a definitive overview of cannabis and health.  In August 2018, Dr. Collins was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of 20 members of a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York State.  Dr. Collins received her BA in Psychology from McGill University, and MS and PhD degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University. 

Barbara Wallace, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, New York State Department of Health

Dr. Wallace is the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention at the New York State Department of Health.  The Division implements public health strategies to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and asthma, and their associated risk factors, including tobacco use, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity.  Dr. Wallace joined the Department in 1997, and has also worked in the areas of immunization and communicable disease control.  Dr. Wallace is board certified in preventive medicine.

Panel Presenters

Elizabeth Whalen MD, MPH

Commissioner of Health, Albany County Department Of Health 

Dr. Whalen is a Public Health Physician/ Internist/ Healthcare Management Executive with expertise and experience in clinical medicine, public health program and policy development and management, and managed care executive clinical operations. 

Additional speakers to be announced shortly


 Registration 8:30-9

 9-12:  Presentation by Gillian Schauer:

 Part 1: Cannabis 101Policy overview, terminology, history, plant taxonomy, Epidemiology, Health Effects (risks and benefits)

 Part 2: Cannabis policy and implications for public health 

Specific details on cannabis policies in the US and abroad (Decriminalization, CBD/low-THC policies, Medical policies, Non-Medical policies), recent farm bill passage and hemp legalization, implications and challenges for public health, overlaps and differences from other substances (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, opioids), what you (public health professionals) should do now/next.

 Part 3: Q&A from the audience

 12-1 Presentation by Dr. Lorraine CollinsAdventures in Policy Making: New York State’s Regulation of Adult’s Use of Cannabis

 Dr. Collins will provide an overview of cannabis use, New York State’s Medical Marijuana program and ongoing efforts to regulate adult’s use of cannabis.  Her presentation will include suggestions as to next steps in public health and public safety.

 12-1 Lunch (included)

 2-3 Presentation by Dr. Barbara WallaceThe Future of E-Cigarettes in NYS: Flavor bans, T21 and More 

 3-4 Panel Presentation Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Whalen : Local health officials & advocates discussion on enforcement and the impact of e-cigarettes on communities

Local health officials discussion on NYS bill proposals, legalization and preparation 

Location- Hilton Westchester


A block of rooms has been secured at the Hilton Westchester for the government per diem rate of $145/night. Please click here to book your room. Room block expires on Monday, September 23rd so book your room today!


Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.

NYSPHA members: $85 (become a member today to register at the reduced rate!)

Non-members: $100

Student rate: $50 (Copy of student ID must be sent to NYSPHA when registering)

Continuing Education Credits

6 hours of continuing education credits for CHES and CPH are included with the registration fee. Additional continuing education credit hours for other disciplines are under review. 


A limited number of event sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available. Click HERE for more information. 

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