July 30, 2013

  • In Lafayette, California, a community garden grows on a former utility district parking lot.
  • In Augusta, Maine, a nonprofit organization runs a world-class complex of sports fields on surplus land it leases from the state.
  • In Homewood, Illinois, the city expanded a local park after the Army Reserve transferred ownership of unused property.

Federal, state, and local governments own more than one-third of the land in the United States – nearly 900 million acres. Public property is a common asset shared by all, yet much of it is unused or underused. The above examples show how public property can be tapped to create new public resources for recreation and physical activity, potentially improving our health and our communities.

Download This Land Is Our Land today and learn about the legal and policy issues involved in transforming public property into active public space. Contact us for assistance as you create more opportunities for community members to be active!

July 29, 2013

ChangeLab Solutions offers you the opportunity to further strengthen how you manage your Federal grants. Public health agencies and organizations can ensure better oversight of their grants and best-practice compliance procedures by purchasing one of these webinar recording options.

Recording 1: Setting Up Solid Systems
Recorded June 19, 2013
Presented by Edward T. Waters, JD, Managing Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP.
90 minutes - $89

This training provides Federal grantees—recipients of CTG or other HHS/CDC/NIH grants—with essential grants management guidance, focusing on the requirements of Federal cost allocation and time and effort reporting rules, and why they matter so much.

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand more about federal rules and regulations related to evidence based and policy development work;
  • Identify requirements for time and effort reporting, including the four necessary elements for time sheets;
  • Analyze common time and effort problems; and
  • Improve your organization’s cost allocation process so you have confidence that your work funded by federal grants is in compliance with the law.

Recording 2: Avoiding Compliance “Hot Spots”
Recorded July 24, 2013
Presented by Edward T. Waters, JD, Managing Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP.
90 minutes - $89

The second part of the series provides a comprehensive overview of the current compliance “hot spots” for Federal CDC grantees. In addition, the training also highlights key areas of the new “Super-Circular,” which substantially reforms various cost principles, common rule grants administration requirements, and audit requirements.

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify compliance trouble spots for CDC grantees;
  • Analyze subrecipient/vendor relationships;
  • Distinguish between impermissible lobbying and allowable policy work with federal funds; and
  • Protect your organization from high-risk issues.
Purchase the full package and save!

Setting Up Solid Systems (part 1) and Avoiding Compliance "Hot Spots" (part 2)


July 29, 2013

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes skyrockets, many communities have been increasingly concerned about the appeal of these products to minors, their potential for addiction, and about the potential risk to public health posed by e-cigarette vapor in places otherwise required to be smokefree.

Jurisdictions that want to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes have several options. For example, localities that already have local smokefree air and tobacco retailer licensing laws can explore amending those laws to regulate electronic smoking devices in precisely the same way as traditional products. Jurisdictions that don’t already have local laws in place can enact a stand-alone e-cigarette law.

To help jurisdictions address the problem of electronic cigarettes, ChangeLab Solutions just released our Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices and a flow chart to help communities determine what strategy best fits their needs. We’ve also developed an accompanying checklist to highlight key policy options available in the ordinance.

July 12, 2013

On Wednesday, ChangeLab Solutions' CEO and Founder, Marice Ashe, joined First Lady Michelle Obama, elected officials from around the country, and the National League of Cities (NLC) at the White House Wednesday to celebrate Let's Move Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC has engaged 330 cities, towns and counties in putting strategies in place to help communities improve access to healthy and affordable food, and increase opportunities for physical activity.

"We’ve seen the kinds of results that you can get when you do what you do best. We have seen families empowered with better choices," said First Lady as she addressed the crowd. "We have seen kids across this country growing up healthier. We’ve seen entire communities coming together to take control of their children’s health."

The First Lady pointed to successes already measured in programs in communities from Missoula, Montana to Knox County, Tennessee.

Ashe is pictured here at the event with Leon T. Andrews Jr. of the NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. Andrews also serves on ChangeLab Solutions' board of directors.

June 27, 2013

The USDA's rule on competitive foods is a strong step in the right direction. By improving nutrition standards for most foods and beverages sold outside of school meals, it will benefit millions of children across the country. The law also allows states and school districts to implement even stronger state or local nutrition standards, which can provide further protection to students.