February 2021
Regional Pennsylvania Tobacco-Free Coalition Updates
The Regional PA Tobacco-Free Coalition website, rptfc.org, is gaining some ground. Dozens of new resources have been added to the website. When you are in search of the latest tobacco-free flyers and resources, start your journey by visiting the website.

Regional Coalition meetings are coming up fast:
  • Southcentral Tobacco-Free Coalition - Tuesday, March 9th, 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Northcentral Tobacco-Free Coalition - Wednesday, March 10th, 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Northeast Tobacco-Free Coalition - Tuesday, March 16th, 10 AM – 12 PM

The meetings will held through Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in attending the March meetings, contact Chelsey Hildebrand
The New Statewide Health Assessment of Pennsylvania

The new report The State of Our Health: A Statewide Health Assessment of Pennsylvania from the Department of Health has been published. This is the conclusion of nearly a year long project to publish a new State Health Assessment (SHA). 

This assessment report outlines information on social determinants of health, health equity, and health factors, as well as focusing on the following eight health themes: access to care, substance use, chronic diseases, mental health, maternal and infant health, injury and violence prevention, immunization and infectious diseases, and environmental health.

On page 85, of the report, it states:
"One of Pennsylvania's greatest health challenges is high levels of air pollution which can lead to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, reproductive and central nervous system dysfunctions and cancers. Nationally PA ranked 47 of 50 states for general public's exposure to acceptable levels of particle matter."

Read the Department of Health's press release regarding the assessment. You can also bookmark the SHA webpage for new updates. For questions, contact RA-SHA@pa.gov.
The Day at the Capitol Virtual Event

Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9 AM - 2 PM

Join advocates from across Pennsylvania to come together virtually to meet with legislators to advocate for crucial tobacco control issues throughout the Commonwealth.

During this virtual event, youth & adult lung health advocates will unite to educate state legislators on the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funding and why it is so essential to tobacco cessation & prevention programs, as well as the importance of clean indoor air.

Legislative visits will take place in the morning, followed by a virtual forum in the early afternoon. Virtual activities will be available throughout the day.

Register today to receive the latest updates on the event. The Registration deadline is April 20th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Molly at Molly.Pisciottano@Lung.org.

The time may be subject to change.
Better Breathers Club Facilitator Learning Opportunities
In April, Better Breathers Club Facilitators will have the opportunity to receive further education with a two-day course. The COPD Educator Course provides healthcare professionals with a thorough overview of COPD information as they work with COPD patients. Specific attention will be given to COPD diagnosis and management, disease overview, smoking cessation, spirometry, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, patient activation, medications and delivery devices, reducing COPD readmissions and palliative care, as well as other issues. This course offers up to 12.5 CEUs/CMEs. Learn more about the course or register today. 

April 21 & 29, 2021, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM* (both days), *CST
Course Fee: $300
Early Bird Price: $275 (through March 21)

If you have any questions, please contact COPDEducatorCourse@Lung.org
The New FFS Clinic Resources Site on Lung.org
Exciting news! The National Tobacco Programs Team has been working to provide Freedom From Smoking (FFS) facilitators with updated resources. They developed an easy-access, new FFS Clinic Resources webpage on Lung.org to house pertinent information. FFS Facilitator resources include program materials, flyers, scripts, video links, marketing ads, social media posts and more. The national team will continue to add new resources as they become available. Check out the Freedom From Smoking facilitators' resource webpage today!
Virtual Asthma Educator Institute Event
This year, the Asthma Educator Institute course will take place virtually, in a live-stream. The next offering will be on March 9, 10 & 12, 2021. The speakers have graciously accepted to participate and bring their expertise to you directly through our online platform.  

Registration is $300 and includes course materials, instruction, CEU/CME credits and a demo device toolkit. An updated agenda will be provided once registration is complete. If you would like to attend this virtual live-stream Asthma Continuing Education event, you can register today. For questions, contact Asthmaeducatorinstitute@Lung.org.
March 9, 10 & 12, 2021, 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM*, *CST 
Contact: Cindy Kozlowski, (602) 666-8418 
Member Highlights
How to Get Worksites to Adopt A Tobacco-Free Policy
Kimberly Levitt, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Gabby Hochfeld has been working hard on adopting tobacco-free worksite policies. One of the tools that Gabby has developed is a step-by-step approach for adopting a worksite. It's titled: Take Pride in Clean Air, How To Get Worksites To Adopt A Tobacco Free Policy. This flyer offers advice such as do your research and provide a draft policy. Visit Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's website for more details regarding their efforts.
Reminder to check out the Regional Pennsylvania Tobacco-Free Coalition website often. New resources are added daily!
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