237004 Needs, Barriers, and Challenges in Tobacco Prevention and Intervention Teacher Training Program among School Districts in Florida

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chung-Bang Weng, MSCS, MA , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
W. William Chen, PhD, CHES , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Jiunn-Jye Sheu, PhD, MSPH, CHES , Department of Health & Recreation Professions, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Bernadette Guzman, BS , Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Introduction School offers a unique environment in reducing smoking prevalence and initiation. Hence, the purpose of this project was to assess the barriers and challenges, as well as examined current school district needs regarding the participation in tobacco prevention teacher training grant.

Methods Three stages of mixed research methods were utilized. The stage I involved in-depth telephone interviews of randomly selected tobacco prevention coordinators to understand their opinions and experiences regarding teacher training for tobacco prevention. The stage II focused on conducting a statewide survey to school district's tobacco prevention coordinators regarding the teacher training grant. Stage III used phone interview to follow up on randomly selected coordinators to confirm opinions expressed from the survey and to solicit additional suggestions.

Results Results revealed that school's conditions in program adoption were consistent with the literature. The study also showed the school districts: (1) are familiar with tobacco prevention grants and are interested in applying; (2) agree a monetary incentive is a good motivator for teacher's participation; (3) teacher or school recognition can be a motivation to participate; (4) barriers included: policy restrictions, amount of the paperwork, restrictions on purchasing and staffing. More than half of the school districts would be interested in participating if the program is online.

Recommendations Based on the results, we recommend: (1) consider using online program for teacher training and administrative reporting; (2) flexibility in selecting prevention program materials; (3) flexibility in hiring staff, scheduling training sessions and better timing for implementing the program.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the needs and barriers in teacher training for tobacco prevention 2. Design policy recommendations for tobacco prevention in schools

Keywords: School Health, Tobacco

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I participated in this study.
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.