Directors Update
Hello CAHL friends and family! 

I hope this newsletter finds you physically and emotionally well. The staff at CAHL returned to the office in early June (with proper precautions and modified schedules) and it feels so good to be back. In the last newsletter I talked about the State of Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program restructure and that CAHL was applying for funding to remain a coalition in the program. I am happy to report that our coalition has been chosen and will remain a tobacco prevention alliance with the state. As soon as we can all get together safely, I am hoping to celebrate with all of you and talk about our scope of work and ideas to reduce tobacco related disparities in Brown, Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca counties. As always, we will need your input to move this work forward. 
As a second part of this update, I want to acknowledge the everyday news that surrounds us. I really wanted to start talking about this topic by saying, “I don’t know what to say, or where to start” or, “My heart is heavy”. I wanted to say all the easy things so you know where I stand, but not speak loudly enough to create a response. My ‘not-so-sure’ wandering brain took me to Facebook where a past coalition member and dear friend had just posted the image to the right. It struck me. 
I can assure you I think carefully about what goes in these directors' reports. I want to be well liked. But this time, this issue, I want to stand up, speak out and help create the change I want to see in our world. I want my kids to be anti-racists. I want to teach them to do what is right and speak up. I want them to know that Black Lives Matter. I want them to know that basic human rights apply to everyone on the same level. 

I have a lot to learn. I am learning. I challenge you to take the steps into the ‘growth mindset’ with me. And as always, if you can help me move forward and teach me, please reach out. I’d love to have these conversations with people like you who have already helped me learn and grow so much. 

Sending peace to all of you,
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With school going from in-person to online, FACT also had to make some changes.

“I'm so impressed with the amount of participation from our Kaukauna FACT group,” Hannah the Kaukauna FACT coordinator stated, “through these unknown times we were able to meet virtually with our State Senator Andre Jaque, Representative Jim Steineke, share positive messages by painting rocks and with sidewalk chalk, and coordinate a social distance cigarette clean up. Even with the big change in how I communicate and stay connected with the students, I have seen them grow and become so resilient in just a few short months.”

Our FACT students loved the chance to speak to their legislators. From talking about what their “new normal” looks like, to sharing why they wanted to be involved with FACT, the virtual meetings proved to be a great way to stay connected while remaining apart.

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We encourage you to celebrate Wisconsin’s smoke-free anniversary on July 5th by supporting your favorite local smoke-free businesses by ordering caryout, delivery, or drive-thru where available. 
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Participants are needed to complete a survey on how COVID-19 (the coronavirus pandemic) is affecting women’s use of alcohol in relation to their social and emotional health and relationships.

All women who are 25 years and older, who drink alcohol at least occasionally are welcome to participate in this anonymous survey .
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Get Free Medications, Live Coaching and Web Forums The Quit Line is free, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Call 800-784-8669 or hit "CLICK TO CALL" above to have a coach call you at a time you select. Your quit coach can...

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Wisconsin Wins is a science-based, state-level initiative designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. Through Wins, investigations or compliance checks, are conducted to facilitate retailer compliance with the law. 

For more information about WI Wins, visit
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, WI Wins compliance investigations have been suspended. We will resume when guidelines are lifted, and it is safe for everyone to participate. In the meantime, CAHL will continue to connect with local retailers to share information and resources to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth.