Explore strategies for community health organizations to create smoke-free worksites and other venues. A subject-matter expert will provide an overview of the gaps that still exist in smoke-free protections, including which populations are still exposed to secondhand smoke. Awardee presenters will share their successes and challenges in implementing smoke-free protections, including gaining buy-in from community leaders, addressing loopholes in protections, increasing adherence to worksite protections, working with youth, and developing a comprehensive approach to healthy worksites.
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Secondhand tobacco smoke is considered a developmental neurotoxicant especially given underdeveloped vital systems in young children. An ecological test of its negative influence on brain development can be made by examining the prospective association between early childhood household smoke exposure and later classroom behavior. Using a longitudinal birth cohort, we examined the unique contribution of household tobacco smoke exposure to children’s subsequent classroomengagement at age 10. From child ages 1.5 to 7 years, parents of 2,055 participants from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development reported on household smoking by themselves and other home occupants. At age 10, fourth-grade teachers reported on the child’s classroom engagement. In terms of prevalence, 58% of parents reported that their children were never exposed to smoke in the home, while 34% and 8% of children were exposed to transient and continuous household smoke, respectively. Compared with never exposed children, those who were exposed to transient and continuous household smoke scored 13% and 9% of a standard deviation lower on classroom engagement in fourth grade, standardized B = -.128 (95% confidence interval = -.186, -.069) and standardized B = -.093 (95% confidence interval =-.144, -.043), respectively. Compared with their never exposed peers, children exposed to transient and continuous early childhood household smoke showed proportionately less classroom engagement, which reflects task-orientation, following directions, and working well autonomously and with others. This predisposition poses risks for high school dropout, which from a population health perspective is closely linked with at-risk lifestyle habits and unhealthy outcomes.
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Planning and Community Health Center is creating a set of guidelines to incorporate health into the Conceptual Review process for development projects.
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has created the Tips & Tools series of legal technical assistance guides to serve as a starting point for organizations interested in implementing certain tobacco control measures. We encourage you to consult with local legal counsel before attempting to implement these measures. For more details about these policy considerations, please contact the Consortium http//publichealthlawcenter.org/programs/tobacco-control-legal-consortium
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active.More specifically, the content will help you advocate for the creation of a state shared use initiative tohelp schools keep their doors open during non-school hours—which includes requirements forincentives, monitoring, and reporting of local shared use, as well as creation of an advisory body. Voicesfor Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit—as well as several others—to support communitiesstriving to live, learn, and play in healthy environments.
Grant listings and funding opportunities. List is updated bi-weekly.
The Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community.
CDC’s Best Practices for ComprehensiveTobacco Control Programs—2014 is an evidence basedguide to help states plan and establishcomprehensive tobacco control programs. Thisedition updates Best Practices for ComprehensiveTobacco Control Programs—2007. The 2014edition describes an integrated programmaticstructure for implementing interventions provento be effective and provides the recommendedlevel of state investment to reach these goalsand to reduce tobacco use in each state.
Online resource with detailed information about evidence-based policies and programs to reduce tobacco use and increase physical activity in communities. Created by the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and Partnership for Prevention, with input from the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and utilizing interventions recommended by Community Preventive Services Task Force, Community Health Advisor was designed with public health leaders and policymakers in mind, and provides customizable, detailed information for improving population health.
Training Objectives:
  • Identify key steps to apply for federal grants • Review the critical elements of proposals and grants.
  • Discuss strategies related to federal competitions.
Health Education & Behavior, August 2015. Objective. Evaluate the second flight of the U.S. Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign. Method. Data were analyzed from an online consumer panel of U.S. adult smokers before (n = 1,404) and after (n = 1,401) the 2013 Tips campaign launch. Generalized estimating equation models assessed whether the Tips advertisement recall was associated with knowledge about smoking-related risks in the Tips advertisements, awareness and use of a toll-free quitline and cessation websites, and quit attempts. Results. Seventy-one percent of participants at Wave 2 reported that they recalled seeing at least one Tips advertisement. Smokers who recalled seeing a Tips advertisement were more likely to (a) show increases over baseline in knowledge of health risks such as amputation 65% versus 34%, p < .001; blindness 27% versus 12%, p < .001; and (b) to be aware of a quitline (41% vs. 30%, p < .001) and cessation website (28% vs. 20%, p < .001). Recall of Tips advertisements was also associated with greater likelihood of reporting having visited cessation websites (odds ratio [OR] = 1.62, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.27-2.06), having called a quitline (OR = 2.28, 95% CI = 1.61-3.24), and having made a quit attempt (OR = 1.18, 95% CI = 1.00-1.39), although these results were only statistically significant in the unadjusted models. Conclusions. The 2013 Tips campaign was successful in increasing knowledge of health risks and awareness of tobacco cessation resources.
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase opportunities to be physically active.More specifically, the content will help you advocate for changes that can enable community membersto use school facilities such as gyms, fields, and playgrounds. Existing liability laws often prevent sucheasy, shared use. Clarifying these laws can encourage more schools to open playgrounds and gyms totheir communities during non-school hours. States can also provide incentive and monitoring programsthat encourage wide adoption of shared use strategies. This toolkit focuses on clarifying liability; acompendium toolkit, which details tactics and messaging for incentives and local shared agreements isalso available. Voices for Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit—as well as several others—tosupport communities striving to live, learn and play in healthy environments.
This pilot study was conducted to explore the associations between stressors related to homelessness and modifiable health risk factors (poor diet, insufficient physical activity, and overweight/obesity) and to provide direction for future research. Participants (N = 57) were homeless adults enrolled in a smoking cessation program. Analyses were conducted to characterize the sample as well as the relations between relevant stressors (discrimination, chronic stress, and fear and mistrust) and health risk factors. Inadequate daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fiber was common. High-fat diet and insufficient physical activity were also prevalent, and the majority of participants were overweight/obese. Participants commonly endorsed discrimination, fear of victimization, mistrust of others, and several other stressors. Greater endorsement of stressors was associated with a high-fat diet. Results suggest that lifestyle interventions and policy changes may be warranted in homeless shelters to attenuate the potential effects of stressors on high-fat dietary consumption among smokers.
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help children in your community live safer, more physically activelives and, more specifically, to advocate for state policies that promote Safe Routes to School programsand infrastructure. Voices for Healthy Kids is excited to offer this toolkit – as well as several others – tosupport communities striving to live, learn and play in healthy environments.This toolkit developed by American Heart Association includes a comprehensive guide, fact sheets, and promotional materials.
To examine disparities and changes over time in the population-level distribution of smokers along a cigarette quitting continuum among African American smokers compared with non-Hispanic Whites. Methods. Secondary data analyses of the 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008 California Tobacco Surveys (CTS). The CTS are large, random-digit-dialed, population-based surveys designed to assess changes in tobacco use in California. The number of survey respondents ranged from n = 6,744 to n = 12,876 across CTS years. Current smoking behavior (daily or nondaily smoking), number of cigarettes smoked per day, intention to quit in the next 6 months, length of most recent quit attempt among current smokers, and total length of time quit among former smokers were assessed and used to recreate the quitting continuum model. Results. While current smoking rates were significantly higher among African Americans compared with non-Hispanic Whites across all years, cigarette consumption rates were lower among African Americans in all years. There were significant increases in the proportion of former smokers who had been quit for at least 12 months from 1999 (African Americans, 26.8% ± 5.5%; non-Hispanic Whites, 36.8% ± 1.6%) to 2008 (African Americans, 43.6% ± 4.1%; non-Hispanic Whites, 57.4% ± 2.9%). The proportion of African American former smokers in each CTS year was significantly lower than that of non-Hispanic Whites. Conclusions. Despite positive progression along the quitting continuum for both African American and non-Hispanic White smokers, the overall distribution was less favorable for African Americans. The lower smoking consumption levels among African Americans, combined with the lower rates of successful smoking cessation, suggest that cigarette addiction and the quitting process may be different for African American smokers.
The state report cards in this report make it easyto understand at a glance how states are doing in their support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities – where each state is doing well, and where there is room for improvement.
This webinar is useful because it addresses the impact of environmental and social constructs related to physical activity while also addressing ways to improve survey methods in order to accurately identify priority populations for PA interventions. Improved Physical Activity Screening Enhances Intervention Effectiveness in Ethnic Minority Women is an innovative way to target interventions and allocate resources to health promotion efforts.
In the Road Signs Pedcast (a “walking podcast”), you’ll hear from people on the ground who are building safe and active streets. Each episode discusses one transportation tool that promotes community health. In this first episode, learn about an approach to making existing streets safer—a road diet—with a story from Oakland, California.
Flourishing Safe Routes to School projects see remarkable changes in the way students and parents choose to travel to and from school. These projects succeed by including each of the “Five E’s” of Safe Routes to School to ensure that their project is a well-rounded, multi-prong and time-tested approach to getting more students walking and bicycling.