LOOP Leaders In the Field Focus On Menthol, Flavors & Vaping

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Dr. Yerger was invited to present at Hooked: Reverse the Vaping Epidemic 2019 Summit in Santa Clara County on Friday, September 13th hosted by Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Tobacco Use Prevention Education, and First Five Santa Clara County. Her presentation on “Menthol, Flavors, and Vaping: Advocates Working Together to Kick These Poisons Out of Our Communities” focused on the tobacco industry’s influence in communities of color. The summit also included a keynote delivered by April Rosseler, Chief of California Tobacco Control Program with the California Department of Public Health. In addition, there was a Tobacco 101 presentation with Bonnie Helpern-Felsher, a youth experience panel, and a discussion of potential solutions with Superintendent Mary-Ann Dewan, Commissioner Leticia Pelayo, and Former Supervisor Ken Yeager.
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Carol McGruder in Fresno
Carol McGruder, Director of AMPLIFY, along with other members of the California Tobacco Control Program-funded coordinating centers (Rod Lew with the Asian American Pacific Islander Coordinating Center, Rosendo Iniguez with the Hispanic Latino Coordinating Center, Amanda Walner with LGBTQ Coordinating Center, and Wendy Kaplan with American Indian Native American Coordinating Center) held a press conference in Fresno on Tuesday, September 17th addressing the vaping epidemic. This was a timely issue as there was a vaping-related death confirmed in Tulare County.

Would you like one of the LOOP team members or trainers to present on a specific topic in your county or city? Email us at theloop@ucsf.edu.

California Rising Conference Art Gallery – Call For Entries!

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Art is a powerful tool for social change.
The California Rising: Empowering Communities to Advance Health Equity conference planning workgroup invites you to submit visual art for display during a Gallery Walk session at the conference. Creative pieces will be curated alongside data-centered poster boards depicting the story of tobacco-related disparities in California. The Gallery Walk will present visual information to reinforce the conference themes of economic inequality, tobacco industry, and traumatization, while also presenting images of action and community resilience.

FAQs

What types of visual art will be accepted?
A broad range of visual art will be considered for the Gallery Walk. Painting, drawing, photography (including Photovoice projects), sculpture, ceramics, crafts, textiles, video or recording, short written work (e.g. poetry), and others are welcome. Artifacts of culture (such as flags, clothing, accessories, and similar items) are also welcome.

The workgroup is particularly interested in pieces that showcase the tobacco industry’s targeted efforts on diverse communities; highlight data that bring tobacco-related disparities to life through visual imagery; and explore how diverse communities interpret their experience with tobacco problems and resiliency, through their unique lens. Consider perspectives that you can relate to through factors such as:

  • Race, ethnicity, culture;
  • Age,
  • Gender,
  • Sexual Orientation,
  • Socioeconomic Status,
  • Military Service Member/ Veteran Status,
  • And many more perspectives.
What are the technical requirements for submissions?
A broad and diverse range of submissions is sought; however, please note the following technical requirements
  • Accommodation cannot be made for: pieces that are greater than 24 inches in any direction (with the exception of folded textiles, for example); any piece weighing more than 25 pounds.
  • If you are submitting a digital image of your work (for example, a photo depicting tobacco’s impact on your community or a photo of your artwork in lieu of displaying the actual piece) you will be asked to provide a high resolution image, which the workgroup may choose to print on poster board for display.
  • You may submit work even if you are not attending the event, but will need to make special arrangements for drop off/pickup, and the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) may not be able to accommodate all arrangements. If you would like to submit work but will not be present, a digital image may be the best option.
  • If you include tobacco products of any kind in your work, they must be contained in a way that Gallery Walk participants are not exposed to toxic/unpleasant tobacco odors.
  • You may submit more than one entry.
  • The goal of the Gallery Walk is to provide a space for thoughtful reflection and candid informal discussion on tobacco related health inequities. The workgroup may decline submissions that are not aligned with the theme or intent of the Gallery Walk, or that are not logistically possible to accommodate.

    If you are unsure if your submission meets the technical requirements, or you have any questions before submitting, please contact Kara Gash at kara.gash@cdph.ca.gov.

    When and where will submissions be displayed?
    Your work will be displayed in a breakout room during the conference. The Gallery Walk room will remain locked when not attended by a CTCP staff room monitor. CTCP will be diligent in the care of submitted pieces, but is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur.

    When is Drop off/ Pickup?
    Accepted pieces can be dropped off with CTCP staff at the registration table the evening prior to the conference or the morning of the conference. For anyone submitting work, but not attending the conference, it is the responsibility of the submitter to make arrangements for pickup/drop off with the CTCP point of contact, Kara Gash.

Have Questions or Need a Submission Form?
Contact Kara Gash at kara.gash@cdph.ca.gov.
Email your completed form and creative piece to Kara Gash.

You will be asked to upload a photo of your work, dimensions, a brief statement about your work tying it to one or more conference themes, and your contact information.

Deadline to submit: October 11, 2019

LOOP LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PAST FELLOW LANDS A JOB! APPLY TO BECOME A FELLOW BY SEPTEMBER 16TH

LOOP LDP Fellow Jason Cross Lands Outreach Job!

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We are excited to announce that former LOOP LDP Fellow (and current LOOP Tailored Assistance Trainer) Jason Cross recently secured a job as a full-time Outreach Coordinator for Tramutola in Oakland!
Tramutola’s outreach coordinators will be speaking to voters and empowering volunteers in their ability to make an impact on the outcome of the upcoming election. The job description said they needed someone who is a quick learner, a team player, and is passionate about standing up to Big Tobacco – and that is Jason! See Jason’s bio HERE.
Good luck on your new job, Jason, and keep us posted on how it’s going!
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Interested in Becoming a LOOP Fellow? Join the Final LDP Cohort Through UCSF
Because of the passage of California’s historic 2016 tobacco tax, thousands of jobs in tobacco control across the state of California are being created. The average person has little knowledge of these career opportunities. We want to help you develop your leadership skills as we guide you through a wide array of career-boosting opportunities.

The LOOP LDP can help you to build your capacity and increase your knowledge of tobacco control. We are actively recruiting 12-16 “Fellows” to participate in a comprehensive 8-week program. The fall cohort (Cohort 9) will be the last LDP cohort through UCSF after 8 leadership development cohorts over the past years. The LOOP fellows will have ongoing access to a cadre of mentorship and support. The LDP program will help develop your leadership skills and work through a lens of health equity.

APPLY HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 16, 2019 at 5pm (PST)
Please Address Questions To:
Coordinator Specialist
The LOOP Leadership Development Program
Telephone: (415) 502-3265
We look forward to you joining our NINTH & FINAL cohort of leaders!

Congrats to LOOP Leadership Development Program Fellow, Marlene Hurd!

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Pauline Bondonno (Project Director of CHEI), Marlene Hurd (center), Valerie Yerger (Project Director of The LOOP)

Marlene received an award from the Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition (ACTCC) on June 3, 2015 to recognize her notable work in the field. Marlene is currently working as the student president of Merritt College Tobacco Less Club. She also serves in several community organizations throughout Alameda County including the Oakland Housing Authority, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Women’s Foundation of California Policy Institute, and the Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition. Continue reading