207274 Youth leaders in upstream tobacco policy advocacy: Case studies in youth access and outlet density

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maureen Sedonaen, MBA , Youth Leadership Institute, San Francisco, CA
Amanda Cue, MPH , Youth Leadership Institute, San Francisco, CA
Young people in California communities are leading efforts locally to advocate for innovative tobacco control policies with success. Too often young people are left out of health policy and advocacy efforts that directly impact them. This presentation will focus on environmental strategies for tobacco policy advocacy led by young people, campaign benchmarks and stages and the youth development framework needed for implementation. Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) has provided training locally and nationally to groups of young people and their adult allies to successfully plan and implement innovative tobacco advocacy and policy campaigns.

This session will highlight several case examples from YLI's urban and suburban communities in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties examining: 1) YLI's model for youth engagement in tobacco policy advocacy; 2) campaign benchmarks in local tobacco licensing and tobacco land-use policies; 3) key adult stakeholder partnerships and training needs and; 4) the youth development framework required for successful implementation. It will also address the unique benefits and challenges of working with young people--particularly non-traditional youth leaders--in these efforts. Key successes and challenges will be shared to provide lessons learned for others who are interested in strengthening their youth involvement and engagement in all stages of tobacco policy advocacy and other related environmental prevention efforts.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss two specific youth-led tobacco policy efforts focused on reducing youth access to tobacco and tobacco outlet density: tobacco retail licensing and land use policies 2) Describe the youth development framework and youth-adult partnerships needed for youth engagement in tobacco policy advocacy implementation 3) List ways to promote more youth involvement in tobacco policy work in their communities

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, Youth Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MPH in community health planning with over seven years in public health practice. Extensive experience in youth engagement in local, state and national tobacco control advocacy and training. Previous presentations presented at state and national conferences on content related to youth development, environmental prevention and policy advocacy in tobacco and alcohol prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.