Pima County’s MVP Award gets Media Attention

Pima County receives award for youth anti-smoking campaign

Posted by Elizabeth Walton – email
October 16, 2012

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -The Pima County Health Department has been recognized for its efforts to keep the county’s youth from smoking, after receiving an Award of Achievement at the quarterly county partner meeting in September.Arizona’s Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease made the presentation at the meeting, which is designed to ‘honor outstanding work in tobacco control and chronic disease prevention.’PCHD received the recognition for work done on their Student Wellness Advocacy Teams (SWAT) Youth Summit held in March 2012.  The SWAT summit hosted over 200 students from 22 different schools across seven districts in Pima County.

Students showed their enthusiasm about the new statewide youth initiative, learning about tobacco policies, and how to spread the word about tobacco and chronic disease prevention in their schools and communities.  The summit attendees not only learned from experts, but one another on tobacco prevention, physical activity and nutrition.

This is only the second time the Bureau has issued awards as part of the ‘Most Valuable Partner Award Program.’  The program is geared toward recognizing and celebrating the remarkable and impactful work of all tobacco and chronic disease partners statewide.

Wayne Tormala, chief of the state bureau had this to say about the program in a recent press release, “These outstanding programs are to be congratulated for contributing to the steady decrease in tobacco use in our state. Smoking prevalence is down to 15 percent in Arizona, compared to 19 percent nationally.”

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