WEBINAR: Equity in Smoke-Free Housing: How a Social Justice Approach Shaped a Model Smoke-Free Housing Ordinance


ANSR will join the Public Health Law Center and other local and national partners on this webinar to share how they developed an equity-focused housing ordinance.  ANSR’s Kara Skahen will be a panelist and will share the impressive work that has brought us to this point.  This is the first of two webinars in this series.  Please join and share this opportunity with others who may be interested.

January 25, 2022, 12 pm CST

This 60 minute panel discussion features members of an Equitable Enforcement Advisory Committee who collaborated in a multi-year project to draft a new model ordinance for smoke-free multiunit housing.  The group’s primary goal was to prioritize residents’ perspectives and promote housing stability.  While committee members agreed that an ordinance would protect residents from second- and thirdhand smoke exposure, they were also concerned about potential unintended consequences of ordinance enforcement, including resident displacement or eviction, housing insecurity, and unfair discriminatory enforcement practices and impacts.  This multidisciplinary panel will explore key decision points and share important lessons learned as the group balanced residents’ different needs while shaping a model smoke-free multiunit housing ordinance.


  • Natasha Phelps, JD, Center for Black Health and Equity
  • Michael Scott, Center for Black Health and Equity
  • Bridgett Simmons, JD, National Housing Law Project
  • Kara Skahen, MSW MPP, Association for Nonsmokers — Minnesota
  • Kate Ebert, MPH CHES, City of Bloomington


  • Marisa Katz, JD, Public Health Law Center



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