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July 2017 Meeting
Our most recent TFM meeting was held on Friday, July 21 at the Hannah Center in East Lansing! We had a great turnout with over 60 people attending!
We had some great presentations, and also talked about potential educational opportunities for our annual conference!
Corey Beckwith from ACCESS and Fred Batayeh from ACC gave us the lowdown on the latest hookah issues. While sharing what it actually does, they showed us some great graphics regarding advertising in SE Michigan, along with some of the different ways hookah is being used.
The Michigan Multicultural Network also presented to the group regarding their organizations, and the impact they are having at the state level with advocacy. Organizations represented were SEMII, ACC, ACCESS, Affirmations, Perceptions, American Indian Veterans of Michigan, and the Grand Rapids Urban League.
We also had our legislative update, giving us an idea of what is coming up in the legislature, and how to educate our newer legislators on tobacco issues. We are the experts, so they will rely on us for information.
Our Mosquito Award winners were Patti Warmington, Libby Stern, and Sharon Briggs for all the hard work they did on a truncated timeline to bring us some amazing speakers for our conference in May. Thank you!
TFM Statewide Conference a Success!
TFM held its first statewide conference, Winnable Battle: Tobacco Use in Michigan, at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City on May 1-2, 2017. We had over 100 attendees through the two days!
Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the most recent scientific research regarding e-cigarettes, more about Tobacco 21 policy efforts, how to educate decision makers on tobacco issues, what youth groups around the state are doing, and more!
We also had some fun times with the water park being available to all who stayed on the property. The food was fabulous, including the mashed potato bar sponsored by National Jewish Health.
Stay tuned for information regarding our next conference! We are looking at spring 2018 as our date!