Training Opportunities — August 19, 2011

The World Congress 6th Annual Obesity and Wellness Congress, September 21-23, 2011 Vienna, Virginia This Congress will include panel discussions, networking events, and meetings with STOP Obesity Alliance representatives and other renowned health and wellness leaders.

RFA: Health Impact Assessment Mentorship Project Designed to support local health departments wishing to implement this approach to building healthy communities, this program from the Health Impact Project and NACCHO, will match four agencies that are new to HIA with those that have experience in the field, giving them peer-to-peer assistance and technical support.

Webinar: Integrating Tobacco Treatment into Behavioral Health Services September 29, 11:00 AM Pacific

Tobacco is a primary cause of death among people with addictions and/or mental health disorders and negatively impacts recovery from other substances. The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) developed a policy statement on integrating tobacco treatment into behavioral health services.  This webinar will:

  • Describe the effects of tobacco among people with addictions and/or mental health disorders
  • Review key findings from the ATTUD position paper
  • Provide information about relationships among tobacco dependence, withdrawal, outcome and response to treatment
  • Offer specific action steps you can take to integrate tobacco treatment into behavioral health services

Webinar: The Role of Behavioral Health in Tobacco Dependence Treatment, North Carolina Prevention Partners, August 31, 2011 10:30 AM Pacific

Dr. Gregory Miller, MD, Medical Director for Adult Services at the New York State Office of Mental Health will talk about why tobacco cessation is vital for those with a mental health diagnosis, and discuss ways to treat tobacco use and dependence in this vulnerable population.

Webinar: FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products on Dissolvable Tobacco Products, September 7, 8:00 AM Pacific

The Tobacco Control Act grants FDA important new authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Among its many provisions, the Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) to:

1)        Study “the issue of the nature and the impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, including such use among children,” and

2)        Submit a report and recommendations to FDA.

The webinar will provide an overview of this process, its importance, and how best to engage in it as state and territorial tobacco control programs, including data of interest. Speakers will include Dr. Sarah Evans, CTP Office of Science, as well as Miranda Spitznagle, Evaluation Director for the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Control Commission.

Webinar: ATTACK Toolkit on Social Branding, September 7, 10:00 AM Pacific

The ATTACK Toolkit is a resource for tobacco control advocates working with young adults on tobacco issues. This interactive training is designed for tobacco control advocates and enthusiasts working with youth and young adults. In the training, we will review content and navigation of the ATTACK Toolkit. With the help from Jeff Jordan, President and Founder of Rescue Social Change Group, we will highlight how Social Branding strategy promotes tobacco-free lifestyles.

Webinar: Preemptive Strikes – How Industry is Using the Law to Oppose Obesity Prevention Work, August 30, 2011 10:30 AM Pacific

Local policymakers across the country are rallying to implement innovative strategies to reverse epidemic obesity rates in their communities.  This webinar will highlight the basic mechanics of preemption and lessons learned from how it was used effectively to set back the tobacco control movement in many states. It will also describe the recently enacted preemption laws affecting local restaurant regulations and provide tips for educating policymakers about the impact of preemption on public health.

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