The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4012.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #44663

Are we really making progress on tobacco issues for priority populations?: A community perspective

Rod Lew, MPH, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership (APPEAL), 439-23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94610, 510-272-9536,, Jeannette Noltenius, PhD, Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco, 1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 732, Washington D.C., DC 20009, and Marie R. Washington, Executive Director, Smokefree Allen County, 2000 North Wells Street, Bldg. 1#, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

The tobacco control world has grown dramatically with the tobacco settlement. More organizations have begun to address comprehensive tobacco issues in many states and U.S. territories. Yet with this growth, what impact has the mainstream tobacco control programs had on communities of color (and other priority populations)?

Communities of color and other priority populations (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) face tremendous tobacco-related disparities. American Indians have the highest tobacco use prevalence in the U.S. among ethnic/racial groups. African Americans face some of the greatest burdens from tobacco-related diseases. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) males have some of the highest tobacco use prevalence and tobacco use is increasing dramatically for AAPI and Latino youth.

This session will describe tobacco indicators for communities of color and examine the issues which prevent/promote effective work between mainstream and communities of color. This session will also present recommendations drafted by an independent task force for advancing parity around tobacco issues for communities of color. These recommendations include increasing funding for capacity building and leadership development in communities of color, requiring cultural competency training for staff and boards of mainstream organizations and the addressing systemic issues related to disparities.

This session will hopefully motivate tobacco control, public health and community advocates to further discuss and incorporate suggested draft recommendations to effectively address tobacco issues for communities of color.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to

Keywords: Tobacco Control,

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Grants from CDC Office on Smoking and Health, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Legacy Foundation

Tobacco Control Research

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA