Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
NACCHO Annual 2012: Call for Session Proposals Open
NACCHO Webinar: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Implementation Update
Policy Innovation Contest
FDA: Comments to Non-Face-to-Face Sale and Advertising of Tobacco
Youth Advocates of the Year
FDA-SAMSHA Strategic Partnership
Seeking Stories from the Field
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NACCHO Annual 2012: Call for Session Proposals Open
The theme for NACCHO Annual 2012 will be, "Navigating the Currents: Positioning Local Health Departments for the Future." The call for session proposals is now open. Session tracks are:
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Control-Funding Prevention vs. Treatment
  • Policy, System, Environment, and Organizational Change
  • Making the Case for Local Health Departments with Limited Resources
  • Transforming and Supporting the Local Public Health Workforce
  • Building a Disaster Resilient Community: Sustainable Approaches to Planning, Response, and Recovery for Public Health Emergencies
  • Public Health Research

Additional session track descriptions and learning objectives can be found at NA12 Session Track Descriptions. The deadline to submit a session proposal is Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Please visit NA12 Call for Sharing Session Proposals for details on submitting a proposal for consideration. 

NACCHO Webinar: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Implementation Update
In June 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Over two years later, provisions of this law are still going into effect and there remain many questions and legal battles over the implementation of different parts of the Act. Join legal experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and staff from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids as they share the latest happenings related to policy, regulation and implementation of the Act. Presenters will highlight the important role public health professionals can play in encouraging the FDA to adopt strong regulations. The webinar will be held Jan. 31, 2012 from 1-2:30 PM EST.
Click here to register. 
Policy Innovation Contest
Win up to $40,000 from American Public Health Association (APHA) to develop, implement, and/or evaluate an innovative policy approach to a critical public health problem, with a focus on reducing health inequities and building policy capacity. Health departments may apply independently, or in partnership with non-profits. A letter of intent is due Jan. 18, and applications are due Jan. 31, 2012. Learn more.  
FDA: Comments on Non-Face-to-Face Sale and Advertising of Tobacco
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to address the promotion and marketing of tobacco products sold over the Internet, by email, by mail-order, on the telephone, and/or other non-face-to-face sales by April of next year. ASTHO is drafting comments to the FDA on this issue. Please send in your state-specific data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey or other local sources on non-face-to-face tobacco sales and advertising to Sara Koka
to inform ASTHO's letter. The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 19.
Youth Advocates of the Year
The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, honor young advocates across the country who have fought to promote tobacco prevention legislation in their home states, reduce tobacco marketing to kids in their communities, and stop their peers from using tobacco. The application deadline is Jan. 27. 

FDA-SAMSHA Strategic Partnership 

The FDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) recently released a report that describes the strategic partnership between the two agencies designed to decrease youth access to tobacco. Learn more about how the two programs work toward this goal, both separately and together.
Seeking Stories from the Field: LHD Use of the Community Guide
Has your local health department (LHD) successfully implemented recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide)? If so, NACCHO encourages you to share your experience with other LHDs by filling out a short form here. Read stories other LHDs have shared or search by topic here.