October 2015 Meeting Recap
Our Annual Meeting was held at the Okemos Conference Center on Friday, October 23. We were lucky to have some new faces with us, as we welcomed those working on tobacco in the HIV/AIDS population around Michigan!
Matt Phelan and Andrew Schepers from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network presented on tobacco funding in Michigan, giving us the past, present, and future scenarios.
Lydia Ahlum Hanson from Affirmations did a great presentation on the media campaign that grew out of LGBTQ focus groups that were done the previous year. She showed us the health positive campaign, along with explaining how the media was developed.
We also held our annual elections. Kim Thalison from Ingham County Substance Abuse Coalition, Kelley Mapes from Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency and Patti Warmington from Cherry Health were re-elected to the board, while Meg Bauer from the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center was newly elected to the board, term starting January 1. Congratulations to all!
Our Mosquito Award was presented to the Tobacco Free Michigan State University Task Force! Eight of their members joined us for the presentation, and they were also awarded Platinum Plus designation by the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative!
We will be holding our yearly webinar in January, so we aren't traveling through the snow!
July 2015 Meeting Recap
We held our summer membership meeting at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing on July 17!
Lena Matthias presented information on the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative, followed by a presentation from the Tobacco Free Michigan State University Task Force. Last month, the MSU Board of Trustees voted to make the campus tobacco free, beginning August 15, 2016.
Executive Director Angela Clock presented on social media and the various ways Tobacco-Free Michigan is present on the web.
We also had networking opportunities - both structured and during the break, in addition to a legislative update from Matt Phelan at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.