New Webinar: Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL with Flavored Tobacco Bans

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PHLC in collaboration with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program. Santa Barbara County passed two local ordinances on comprehensive TRL. This webinar talks about advocacy and legal work that happened  to pass two local ordinances in Santa Barbara County, and the lessons learned about the implementation phase of comprehensive new sales restrictions.

 

WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE!

 

Funding Opportunities

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New California Grants Portal

This month, the California State Library launched the California Grants Portal. This website provides a single portal to find all state grant and loan opportunities offered on a first-come or competitive basis. Visit grants.ca.gov to discover the diversity of grant opportunities available from state agencies.  

More Info

 


Tobacco Enforcement Funds Available – RFPs due August 7th!

New Tobacco Enforcement Funds are now available through the Office of the Attorney General. As a result of Proposition 56, the Office of the Attorney General makes these annual funds available to local law enforcement agencies through the California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program. For Fiscal Year 2020-2021 a total of $28.5 million in grant funding is available statewide.

Any local public agency within the State of California that has the authority to enforce tobacco-related state laws or local ordinances is eligible to apply. Last day to apply is Friday, August 7, 2020.

Contact TobaccoGrantRFP@doj.ca.gov with questions.

Learn More About Enforcement Funds Here

Racial Equity Webinar Recording is Ready!

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We want to thank all of those who joined us for our “21 Day Challenge Racial Equity Webinar Panel” on July 9th! Our incredible speakers delivered powerful, personal, and informative presentations to us on racial discrimination and systemic racism and how those ideas intersect with commercial tobacco control and health equity.

Thank you to our amazing 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) 

 

WATCH HERE!

 


 

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Next Steps:

We are reviewing the survey feedback and are exploring options for extending this initiative moving forward. We’ll be sure to keep you posted!
We also want to thank all of those who have already reached out to us for Tailored Assistance on various topics and areas of expertise! As always, The LOOP Team and our extended team of Tailored Assistance Trainers are happy to help!

CTCP RFA “Tribal Grants to Reduce Tobacco-Related Disparities” to be Released on January 30th!

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We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program, anticipates releasing the Request for Applications (RFA) CG 20-10003, California Tribal Grants to Reduce Tobacco-Related Disparitieson January 30, 2020. This RFA will fund projects to reduce commercial tobacco-related disparities and achieve health equity among American Indian Tribal populations through approaches focused on tobacco use prevention and reduction.
We highly encourage you to forward this funding opportunity to Tribal government contacts that may be interested. Please read the funding eligibility closely.
If you have questions or need support completing your RFA, please contact CTCP.

WEBINAR: “Tobacco Use in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders in California”

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December 5, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 pm PST

 

Guest Speakers: Cassandra Park and Rod Lew of SPARC (The Statewide Pacific Islander Asian American Resource and Coordinating Center)

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the history of AANHPI populations in the United States
  • Identify the types of tobacco used by AANHPI populations
  • Recognize the need for disaggregated data among AANHPI subgroups
  • Identify strategies and challenges to engage the AANHPI population

 

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Cassandra Park

Cassandra “Cassie” Park, is a Program Associate for the APPEAL Statewide Pacific Islander and Asian American Resource and Coordinating Center (SPARC) program. She graduated from San Francisco State University (SF State) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education and Minor in Race and Resistance Studies. Prior to working with APPEAL, Cassie served as the Program Coordinator for the Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce, a tri-county Pacific Islander health advisory group in the Bay Area. She was also a Peer Mentor for SF State’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention Education (ASPIRE) program. She is currently involved in the SF State Pacific Islander Initiatives Planning Group, which informs programming for Pacific Islander students and courses on campus. As a mixed Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Cassie is an advocate for the liberation and self-determination for all AANHPI communities in their homelands and on the continental US.
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Rod Lew

Rod Lew, MPH, is the Founder and Executive Director of APPEAL. Prior to APPEAL, Rod was the Health Education Director at Asian Health Services and the Associate Director for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. Rod was a contributing author to the 1998 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use and has written and published widely on tobacco and health disparities. Rod provided testimony to the U.S. Congressional Committee on Commerce on the impact of national tobacco policy in 1999 and to the U.S. Surgeon General in 2004. He has also served on numerous national health advisory committees, including the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (2000-2006), American Public Health Association (APHA) Equal Health Opportunity Committee (2005-6) and APHA Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, where he served as Chair (1998-2000). Rod was the 2002 recipient of the Christopher Jenkins Cancer Control Award. In 2009, he also received the Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Public Health, his alma mater.

REGISTER HERE!

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

CTCP RFA “Advancing Momentum for a Tobacco-Free California” is Now Open!

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) has released a Request for Application (RFA) 20-10005 – Advancing Momentum for a Tobacco-Free California.

This Request for Application (RFA) will fund approximately thirty-five (35) progressive projects with three (3) or more years of demonstrated agency and staff experience in tobacco control to advance proven strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use, strengthen partnerships with priority populations, and increase the reach and impact of tobacco control programs in underserved areas.

 

 

Need help in completing an RFA?

The LOOP has experienced Tailored Assistance Trainers who can support you in this process at NO CHARGE! Email us at TheLOOP@ucsf.edu.

 

View RFA Details Here!