Though California is a national leader in tobacco control and enjoys one of the lowest smoking prevalence rates in America, not all of our communities have equally benefited. Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and members of the military are just some of the groups that still have high smoking rates. There are complex reasons why some communities continue to bare a disparate tobacco related burden. An important part of the solution is the cultivation and training of leaders from these communities.
Because of the passage of California’s historic 2016 tobacco tax, millions of dollars in tobacco control funding and thousands of jobs in tobacco control across the state of California are being created. Yet, the average person has little knowledge of these funding and career opportunities. The LOOP Leadership Development Program (LDP) aims to build community capacity by increasing knowledge and access to these opportunities.
One of the major features of The LOOP is its leadership development program, designed to increase the capacity of California’s tobacco control force by increasing the involvement of individuals from communities disproportionately affected by tobacco. Selected individuals will all have an interest in reducing tobacco-related disparities, but who may have varying degrees of experience.
Once successful applicants complete the program they will receive a certificate of completion from the University of California, San Francisco. They will also have ongoing access to a cadre of mentorship and support. We want to help you develop your leadership skills as we guide you through a wide array of opportunities!