The Untapped Potential of Alcohol Policy for Cancer Prevention

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This is a Webinar event.


Alcohol consumption is a causal factor in cancer of the oral cavity and throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and female breast. Despite the massive attention focused on reducing cancer risk, this fact is only known by about 30% of the population. This webinar will review the alcohol-related cancer burden in the US; identify higher risk populations; discuss evidence-based and emerging interventions, highlighting state and local policy options; and explore barriers to implementation and how to overcome them.


Raimee H. Eck, PhD, MPH, MPAS has over 20 years of clinical and public health training and experience, focusing on the epidemiology of alcohol use and harm, environmental interventions to reduce acute and chronic causes of alcohol-related harm, and translating research into effective policy. She recently completed a Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute where she studied the role of alcohol in development of cancer, the co-use of alcohol with other behavioral risk factors (e.g., tobacco), and points of intervention along the cancer control continuum. Raimee is Past President of the Maryland Public Health Association and current Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee, where she leads the statewide Alcohol, Tobacco & Cannabis Network, a coalition of researchers, legal experts, and community advocates. She is also the founder and principal of Sonrisa Solutions, providing expertise on topics such as alcohol and cannabis epidemiology, regulation, and enforcement; public health policy translation; and advocacy in the form of research reports, workshops, and webinars.

Raimee received her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and later her MPH and PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She also teaches Media Advocacy in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society and is on faculty for the Center of Public Health Advocacy at JHSPH.