“Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Tobacco Use” webinar on June 24th!

Please join us on June 24th for our next exciting webinar entitled, Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Tobacco Use featuring Phil Gardiner, Kimberly Bankston-Lee, and Jahmal Miller. Registration link is under our Upcoming Events section.

About the Speakers

jmJahmal Miller is the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity within the California Department of Public Health. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Jahmal as the first to lead the newly created office. On July 2, 2014, the California State Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to confirm him, and the decision was upheld and ratified by a unanimous senate floor vote. Prior to his appointment, Jahmal spent more than fifteen years in private-sector health-leadership positions with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. Jahmal received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Columbia University in New York. Jahmal is a native of Sacramento, where he graduated from Hiram Johnson West Campus High School. He is married to Kimberly Graham-Miller, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist in track and field, currently serving as assistant track and field coach at Sacramento State University. The Millers are proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Skye and Leah ages 7 and 6.

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Highlighting LOOP Influencer, Daniel Toleran!

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT PRIORITY POPULATIONS! DE ToleranMr. Toleran is an immigrant and a bilingual/bicultural community based scholar. His current work with Asian American Recovery Services/a program of HealthRIGHT 360, and recent work with Asian American Mental Health Services includes program design and project management in the prevention or treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. He is committed to bridging service and research for young adults and adults in urban environments dating back to the early 90’s. He served as Executive Director and awarded a Center for Disease Control funded prevention project targeting Filipino men who have sex with men. Continue reading

Supporting Local Lead Agencies Serving Priority Populations!

Project Director, Oralia Vallejo (center)

Project Director, Oralia Vallejo (center)

Connecting with Kings County
After connecting her with a LOOP Technical Assistance Trainer (TAT), the Kings County Tobacco Control Program Project Director, Oralia Vallejo, told the LOOP:

“Indeed, [connecting us with a LOOP TAT] is wonderful news! Kings County is the small county south of Fresno that is always overlooked, and yet we have so much work yet to do in tobacco. We have limited resources, and yet our smoking rate is at 16%…you have truly made my day and weekend. I look forward to working with [the TAT] to raise the level of awareness of the issue of tobacco use in Kings County.”

The LOOP Presents: Big Tobacco Retail Contracts & Practices in African American Communities Webinar with Ms. La Tanisha Wright (April 29th, 2015)

April 29th, 1:30-2:45 PM (PST) 


The participants will:

1. Gain insight into the history of African Americans and tobacco and the connection of slavery to nicotine addiction in African American communities.

2. Understand the impact of Big Tobacco retail marketing on retail contracts and tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

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