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African American Tobacco Related Health Disparities

Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Investigator(s): Valerie Yerger, ND, MA
Award Cycle: 2013 (Cycle 22) Grant #: 22ST-0151 Award: $4,596
Subject Area: Disparities /Prevention/ Cessation/ Nicotine Dependence
Award Type: Special Projects

Initial Award Abstract
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) is requesting funding to support an evening reception and a strategic planning breakfast to disseminate tobacco related disease disparities facts and figures and engage key Black Health professionals in future tobacco related research, policy, and community education campaigns in California. Specifically, the AATCLC will disseminate research findings concerning smoking initiation and cessation among African American youth and adults, and the especially deleterious effects of tobacco exposure on residents living in multi-unit housing. Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a major health risk in California, contributing to some 4,200 deaths among nonsmoking annually. Though California has made significant progress in the reduction of exposure to tobacco smoke among Californians in public places, the presence of SHS in the home is still problematic. 1,114,000 children living in California are exposed to tobacco smoke in their home, and lower income and racial/ethnic minorities are more likely to be exposed to SHS than higher income Whites. The initial findings from the TRDRP funded project 'Evaluating a city's smokefree policy in multi-unit housing' (Yerger, PI) will also be disseminated. The proposed activities would be held concurrently with the California Black Health Network (CBHN) Annual African American Leadership Weekend and Wellness Conference on October 25 and 26, 2013, where many if not most of the leading members of California's Black Health community will be present. These two proposed activities will allow the AATCLC to accomplish two interrelated goals: 1) by directly distributing tobacco related health disparities research findings to the leading Black health practitioners in California, the AATCLC will place this issue squarely on the agenda of Black Health in California; and 2) AATCLC's participation in this conference will provide an opportunity to identify and initiate relationships with those individuals and/or organizations who are positioned to make tobacco control in the African American community a priority and take action in this regard. Frankly, this is an extraordinary opportunity. To take full advantage of this occasion, the AATCLC is requesting $5,000 to support travel, meals/catering, material development, and lodging (see budget below).