Tobacco Free Michigan hosted their quarterly meeting on July 27, 2018 with national association advocates, state tobacco specialists, local and county tobacco coalition members, and prevention and tobacco specialists in attendance.
Brian Moore, Executive Director for the North American Indian Association of Detroit provided us with an in-depth look into Tobacco and the American Indian Community: Ceremonial vs. Commercial. The education and experience he provided to the members was invaluable! If you were unable to attend the meeting, we will definitely ask Brian back during future meetings and/or conferences.
Jim Harrington from the MDHHS, Tobacco Section provided an update on questions the section has received regarding ENDS. He also presented new ads created by the CDC for members to utilize in their areas. Please contact us for further information. To view the ads, please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/multimedia/media-campaigns/index.htm
Dave Hodgkins from the American Heart Association provided a detailed account of legislatives activities related to T21.
The TFM Mosquito Award was presented to Lilianna Angel Reyes for her level of excellence in leading organizations and tobacco coalitions focused at reducing disparities of marginalized populations including people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, and HIV positive communities. Lilianna embodies dedication and true passion for her work and has made tremendous strides in assisting populations who deal with health disparities and discrimination on a daily basis. Thank you Lilianna for everything you do!
The 2018 Tobacco Free Michigan Conference was a tremendous success! We hosted 124 prevention experts from throughout Michigan to create an understanding of the disparities in tobacco prevention and treatment.
Kicking off the conference, we were honored to have Ken Mahoney, Muskegon County Commissioner and Terry Sabo, State Representative for the 92 District express their support for past successes, current efforts, and future initiatives within the tobacco free community.
The 28 presenters provided education on new forms of tobacco usage, the disparities within our community and the critical need to recognize and understand tobacco usage within underrepresented populations. The topics and audience participation exceeded expectations and created a passion for the crucial need to create change.
We would like to thank all of the presenters for their dedication to the tobacco free community! You ignited a new level of awareness and promoted advocacy efforts for prevention and treatment programs throughout the state.