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WEBINAR: Equitable and Effective Enforcement of Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies

WEBINAR: Equitable and Effective Enforcement of Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies


March 09, 2021 2:00 pm ET  Until  March 09, 2021 3:00 pm ET

Enforcing a smoke-free policy and promoting housing stability are vital for achieving health equity for all residents. In this webinar we will explore smoke-free policy compliance and enforcement through a health equity lens, with the goal to promote smoke-free air AND preserve residents' housing.

Representatives from Clean Air for All and the Public Health Law Center will be joined by two special guests from the New York City Housing Authority who will describe their Smoke-Free NYCHA program and steps they are taking to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in their buildings and prioritize housing stability. Our guests will share lessons-learned and strategies that can be scaled-down to suit PHAs of any size.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe why smoke-free housing and housing stability are health equity issues
  • Put into practice strategies that promote policy compliance and avoid eviction
  • Consider enforcement strategies with a health equity lens


  • Wendy Diaz, Smoke-Free NYCHA Analyst
  • Jyoti Parth, Smoke-Free NYCHA Administrator
  • Rachel Callanan, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
  • Jackie Siewert, Assistant Program Director, Live Smoke Free

Moderator: Georgi Banna, Director, Policy & Program Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA): NYCHA is the largest public housing authority in North America with more than 400,000 New Yorkers in 326 public housing developments across the City’s five boroughs.

NYCHA’s smoke-free policy took effect on July 30, 2018. NYCHA’s smoke-free initiative, Smoke-Free NYCHA, is designed to create healthier homes for residents and healthier working environments for employees by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and providing support to residents and employees who smoke and want to quit.