LOOP Director Dr. Valerie Yerger wins Carol M. Russell Leadership Award from CTCP!

The California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program (CDPH/CTCP) established the Carol M. Russell Leadership Award in 2001, in recognition of the leadership, vision, passion and commitment Carol brought during her 10 years with the California Tobacco Control Program.
On Thursday, April 27th, at the CTCP Project Directors’ Meeting, CTCP awarded this prestigious honor to our own LOOP Project Director, Dr. Valerie Yerger, for her decades of tireless work in tobacco control. Below are some of the excerpts from the nomination letters submitted for Valerie.
“Her research on menthol has been an instrumental part of reports to influence decisionmaking at the FDA and in countless communities interested in removing the unjustifiably last remaining allowable flavor of cigarettes- one that has been dangerously marketed to African-American, LGBT, and Asian/Pacific Islander communities for decades.”

“Valerie has provided the administrative backbone for several important tobacco control projects to be best equipped to truly engage priority communities, having built The LOOP with support from key advisors from all the communities in California most affected by tobacco.”

— Derek Smith, San Francisco Department of Health, Tobacco Free Project
“Dr. Yerger’s prodigious research and advocacy achievements give great depth and strength not only to California’s Tobacco Control Program but to the entire nation’s public health efforts through her pioneering work with the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.”
— Bob Gordon, Project Director, California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership and Co-Chair, San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
The LOOP Team is very proud of our Director, Dr. Val, on her well-deserved honor and on her decades of work in tobacco control both in California and across the U.S.!

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