The LOOP’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Panel

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Thursday, July 9th, 2020

10am-11:15am

Via Go To Webinar

In today’s world, change is happening all around us – at an even faster pace than we’ve seen in a long time. Change is inevitable and, often, a good thing. But change isn’t always easy. It means breaking long-standing habits that all of us have created – that includes behaviors, mindsets, and even our environments.

 

Here at The LOOP, we see health equity as part of the larger social justice solution. In our field, we must recognize bias and how various policies can negatively impact people of color, in particular. We must understand the creation and perpetuation of systemic racism before we can create solutions. Thus, borrowing from the concept created by the America & Moore consulting firm, we are challenging ourselves and our LOOP community to take part in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge so we can both take an introspective journey and learn more about the experiences of others.

 

As our 21 day racial equity challenge winds down, we will be bringing together a community of speakers to touch on the intersection of health and race on July 9, 2020 at 10 am. Over the course of 21 days we have asked you to engage with brief activities (read, listen, watch, etc) to explore your own biases, learn about race issues, and the impact of race on the health of our black and brown communities and how to get involved. In honor of George Floyd each speaker will have exactly 8 minutes and 46 seconds to share a statement. We hope that you are able to join us and share what you have learned in this 21 day process.

 

Speakers:

Dr. Valerie Yerger (The LOOP)

Evi Hernandez (Hispanic Latinx Coordinating Center)

Carol McGruder (AMPLIFY; AATCLC)

Rod Lew (APPEAL; SPARC)

Lou Moerner (The LOOP; American Indian/Alaska Native Advocate & Researcher)

Queen Chela (The UWC)

 

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4566293088803086094

Have you been keeping up with the LOOP Racial Equity Challenge on Facebook?

Do you have any biases?

Have you been keeping up with the LOOP Racial Equity Challenge on Facebook?

If you missed some of the content this week, here’s a little recap:

How racial prejudices implement laws that disproportionally effect black and brown communities:

Read: Explaining White Privilege to a broke white person

 

Listen: Breakdances with Wolves 


 

Watch: Starbucks Showed This Short Film to Its Employees To Teach Them About Racial Bias | NowThis

Read: Racism in America

Listen: Intersectionality Matters

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and stay updated and educated on this social issue. We can all bring about change!

 

The LOOP 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

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Why Take the Challenge?

In today’s world, change is happening all around us – at an even faster pace than we’ve seen in a long time. Change is inevitable and, often, a good thing. But change isn’t always easy. It means breaking long-standing habits that all of us have created – that includes behaviors, mindsets, and even our environments.

Here at The LOOP, we see health equity as part of the larger social justice solution. In our field, we must recognize bias and how various policies can negatively impact people of color, in particular. We must understand the creation and perpetuation of systemic racism before we can create solutions. Thus, borrowing from the concept created by the America & Moore consulting firm, we are challenging ourselves and our LOOP community to take part in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge so we can both take an introspective journey and learn more about the experiences of others.

Starting TODAY, Juneteenth (June 19th), visit our LOOP Facebook page and consider participating in the “Watch,” “Listen,” “Read,” “Notice” or other tasks that will be posted daily. We will close out the challenge on July 9th with an online speaker series featuring a group of experts who will each speak for 8 minutes and 46 seconds exactly in honor of George Floyd.

We hope you’ll take this journey with us!

Follow Us on Facebook to Join the Challenge

 

LOOP 21 Day Challenge Graphic Calendar

Some Community Updates You Should Know About

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Paid Media Planning Webinar Series

As previously announced, the California Tobacco Control Program’s (CTCP) regional in-person Paid Media Planning Trainings have been canceled. In their place, CTCP’s Media Unit is hosting a two-part series of webinar trainings. The webinars will feature much of the same content as the trainings and build on the 2018 Paid Media Technical Assistance Sessions and Communications Plan Trainings to offer attendees a deeper look into best practices of paid media. All CTCP-funded partners are invited to attend. Please see below for dates and times:
Paid Media Planning: Aligning Media and Campaign Efforts Webinar | Tuesday, July, 14 from 10:00-11:30 am
Topics will include aligning paid media to best support project objectives and building communications plans.
Paid Media Planning: Paid Social and Digital Media Webinar | Tuesday, July 21 from 10:00-11:30 am
Topics will include digital tactics to consider at the local level and paid social media.
For details and to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/hnq6h8.

For more information, please contact Amelia Anderson, 916-449-5470

 

webinar picWebinar: New Way To Submit TA Requests and Refresher On Tobacco Education Clearinghouse Of California (TECC) Services

Starting June 1, 2020 TECC will implement a new way to submit technical assistance (TA) requests!
Please join us on this webinar: TECC Support 101: Technical Assistance for Educational Material Development on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 2:00PM – 3:00 PM to learn about how to submit TA requests in MatTrack and the services we provide for your educational material needs. This webinar is great for new and existing projects.

For more information, please contact Claudia Medina, (916) 883-0116

 

nicotine patchOver 1500 Free Nicotine Patches Mailed To Eligible Smokers Who Called The Helpline

The California Smokers’ Helpline sent out 1,500 two-week nicotine patch starter kits to eligible smokers over the past month. Thank you for continuing to promote the Helpline and this offer in your community. Let’s keep the momentum going to help people quit!
Cigarette smokers over 18-years-old who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) can receive a free, two-week starter kit of nicotine patches mailed to their home, while supplies last. The nicotine patches are made possible through a Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program grant.
CA Quits collaborated with several Statewide Coordinating Centers to develop flyers tailored to different populations. Download the flyers here: https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/131650/CSH-NRT-Starter-Flyer.pdf

For more information, please contact Lesley Phillips, (858) 3001051

I&E Virtual Day of Action 2020

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Your voice matters! Sign up now for the Capitol Information & Education Virtual Day of Action* on June 16, 2020. Registration is open to all CTCP-funded projects as well as to your coalition members, friends, and family. Let’s show our policy makers the strength of the California tobacco control community and the depth of our concern for the lives that are lost and communities hurt by tobacco.

About the Day

The I & E Virtual Day of Action is happening in place of the annual in-person Capitol event that was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Social media messages and digital communication with policy makers will remind us all of the continuing fight against tobacco in California even in the face of COVID-19.  As we’ve enveloped by the devastating impacts of the pandemic, the teen vaping epidemic continues. Tobacco industry targeting of children and communities of color goes unabated. The disease and death caused by tobacco and e-cigarettes persists. Now is the time to remind our constituencies, the public and policy makers that we cannot wait for action; it must happen now!

Schedule

The Day of Action will mirror, in a virtual way, the key elements of Capitol I & E Day – we’ll come together as a community through a Zoom call in the morning, hear from tobacco control leaders and policy makers, do tips and reminders about messaging, using social media for maximum impact and then send everyone out into the world to engage – virtually.  We’ll come back together in the afternoon to recap and share stories. Below is a draft schedule of the day’s activities:

  • 9:00 a.m. — Welcome & Legislative Speakers
  • Mid-morning – Review messaging and social media strategy
  • Late-morning to early afternoon — Meetings with various Legislative Caucuses
  • Afternoon: Reconvene and social media blasts!

*Participation in this virtual Information and Education Day can replace participation requirements for the cancelled (due to COVID-19) April 14, 2020 Capitol Information and Education Day.  Funded projects are encouraged to share this Save The Date with coalition members as well. At this time, due to the flexibility of virtual events, there are no limits to attendance or participation; therefore, this is a great opportunity to engage as many interested people as you can in this event!

Wearing a Mask is a Sign of Altruism and Solidarity

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A newly published paper outlines why we should wear masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic and how our thinking about masks has changed in the past couple of months.

 

Before Now
Healthy individuals do not need to wear masks. Everybody should wear a mask. COVID-19 can be spread by ​you, even if you are asymptomatic. Masks protect others from your respiratory droplets.
There is a shortage of masks. Masks should be reserved for health-care workers. In order to control the infection source, cloth masks are adequate, especially if everyone wears a mask. Cloth masks can be easily manufactured or made at home and reused after washing.
Mask wearing could engender a false sense of security in relation to other methods of infection control such as social distancing and handwashing. There is no evidence that individuals who wear masks forego other methods of infection control.

 

The authors conclude that wearing a mask shifts the focus from self-protection to altruism, actively involves every citizen, and is a symbol of social solidarity in the global response to the pandemic.

 

Source: Cheng, Lam, & Leung (2020). Wearing face masks in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic: altruism and solidarity. Lancet, April 16 [Epub ahead of print].

Read the paper at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7162638/

Tobacco Stores and Vapes Shops are Non-Essential Businesses

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Tobacco Stores and Vapes Shops are Non-Essential Businesses

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20directing all California residents to stay at home unless they are designated as an “essential critical infrastructure worker,” along with an Essential Workforce documentoutlining which types of workers and businesses may remain open to the public during this time. Despite not being listed as an essential workplace on this document, many tobacco stores and vape shops around the state have remained open and continued to sell tobacco products. This has led to unequal enforcement of the Executive Order across the state. This Frequently Asked Questions document has been prepared to answer questions from businesses, local health departments, and local law enforcement agencies as to why tobacco stores and vape shops do not meet the criteria as essential businesses, and, therefore, should not remain open.

Missed a Recent Webinar? See the Recordings Below!

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There have been so many great webinars lately in our community! In case you missed one, we decided to pull together some of the recent webinar recordings on topics related to health equity and commercial tobacco control. Please share & enjoy!

 

Equity and Social Justice Webinar: Native American Health and COVID-19

Equity and Social Justice Webinar – Health Disparities and COVID-19

NNN, ANRF, BHCAIH, and SNTEPP Present: Strategies to Reopen Tribal Casinos 100% Smokefree

Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad: Como Involucrase y Reducir el Consumo de Tabaco

Tobacco Industry Policy Interference During COVID-19: Why Tobacco is NOT Essential

Did You Know: Anxiety Sensitivity Mediates the Relations between Acculturative Stress and Smoking among Latinx Smokers

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Although acculturative stress is a known individual difference factor related to poor health, little is understood about its relationship to smoking among Latinx adults. A recently published study examined whether anxiety sensitivity mediated the relations between acculturative stress and smoking among a large sample of adult Spanish-speaking Latinx smokers. Data from 359 Spanish-speaking Latinx daily smokers were analyzed. There were statistically significant indirect effects of acculturative stress via anxiety sensitivity in relation to cigarette dependence, perceived barriers for quitting cigarettes, and severity of problems during past quit attempts. The researchers concluded that anxiety sensitivity serves a mediational role in relations between acculturative stress and smoking outcomes among Latinx adult smokers.
Source: Zvolensky et al. (2020). Acculturative Stress, Anxiety Sensitivity, and Smoking among Spanish-Speaking Latinx Adult Smokers. Substance Use & Misuse, Mar 5:1-11. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1729195. [Epub ahead of print]