239937 Tobacco Policy Change: Using policy and advocacy to promote tobacco control and address other public health problems

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Marjorie Paloma, MPH , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Tobacco Policy Change was a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created to ensure continued momentum on effective tobacco control policies and to extend that momentum to communities where people are most vulnerable to tobacco's devastating impact. Launched in 2004, the $12 million program reflects RWJF's long standing commitments to reduce tobacco use and help Americans live healthier lives.

Tobacco Policy Change (TPC) strengthened new and diverse partnerships to support policies aimed at decreasing tobacco use and exposure and addressing other public health problems. Original funding support policy advocacy to reduce tobacco use and exposure in communities, regions and states. In 2007, RWJF expanded the scope of the initiative to promote tobacco control and other public health policies that help people lead healthier lives. This includes policies that provide access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, reduce the number of uninsured and address other pressing public health needs in communities. This session will discuss successes and challenges that TPC communities faced in developing coalitions and implementing policy changes. This session will also describe how these lessons can be applied to other public health policy and advocacy efforts.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe successes and challenges that Tobacco Policy Change communities encountered Assess how lessons learned from Tobacco Policy Change can be applied to future policy change efforts

Keywords: Tobacco, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the program officer for this initiative and have considerable experience in the area of tobacco control and policy/advocacy efforts.
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.