BTCD Announces 2013 Most Valuable Partner Awards

At it’s Fall Partner Meeting the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease bestowed its annual Most Valuable Awards on those county programs who showed outstanding work in one of the 7 program areas of the Bureau.

The awards were broken into Awards of Excellence, Awards of Achievement and Awards of Merit. The winners were:

Awards of Excellence:

Reduce Initiation of Tobacco Among Youth:

Yuma County “RYYOT Taking a STAND”

Gloria Cisneros Accepts the MVP for Yuma County.

Gloria Cisneros Accepts the MVP for Yuma County.

Synopsis: This year the Yuma County Tobacco Use Prevention Program through its R.Y.Y.O.T. coalition took a STAND and focused on targeting education and outreach efforts on fighting sneaky advertising by Big Tobacco companies. RYYOT members made their presence known and their voices heard by joining other coalition around the state in events that generate a positive impact and spread anti-tobacco messages in our community.

Promote Smoking Cessation and Help Smokers Quit:

Maricopa County “Bringing Healthy Air Home -OTCDP Smoke-Free Housing Outreach Initiative

Laurie Thomas and Sue Bergquist from Maricopa County Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention Accept their Award of Excellence.

Laurie Thomas and Sue Bergquist from Maricopa County Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention Accept their Award of Excellence.

Synopsis: The goal of the Bringing Healthy Air Home is to create awareness of and demand for smoke-free housing among Maricopa County property managers, property owners and multi-unit housing residents. The message in all of the outreach is centered on “Creating a healthier, safer community for your residents.”

Promote Smoking Cessation and Help Smokers Quit:

Pima County “Pima County ASHLine Efforts”

Kristen Barney of Pima County Accepts Her County's Award of Excellence

Kristen Barney of Pima County Accepts Her County’s Award of Excellence

Synopsis: The goal was to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use amongst Pima County residence through education and cessation assistance. By building the public’s knowledge and supporting those who choose to quit tobacco, we hope to create a community where individuals can live long, healthy, quality lives.

Identify and Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities:

Pima County “Identifying and Eliminating Disparities with CDSMP”

Greg Rivera accepts one of Pima County's three MVPs of the night.

Greg Rivera accepts one of Pima County’s three MVPs of the night.

Synopsis: Our main objective w as to grow Southern Arizona’s capacity and capability to offer CDSMP so that any person who would benefit from this service had the opportunity to do so. Furthermore, we wanted to specifically start focusing on closing the disparities of minorities and special populations.

Four Leading Tobacco-Related Causes of Death in Arizona:

Yuma County “Paving the road to effective Evidence-Based Programs”

Gloria Cisneros Accepts one of two MVPs for Yuma County.

Gloria Cisneros Accepts one of two MVPs for Yuma County.

Synopsis: For the past year the Yuma County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (YTUPP) has focused on expanding the utilization of Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management/Tomando Programs. YTUPP has worked on developing a system to increase the awareness and delivery of evidence-based programs through continued partnership with local agencies.

Outreach or Communication Event:

Navajo County “Pinon Health”

Darcey McKee Accepts the MVP for Navajo County.

Darcey McKee Accepts the MVP for Navajo County.

Synopsis: To increase the numbers of referrals from the staff at Pinon Health Care Center and provided them with information on services offered by ASHLine and Navajo County TEPP.

Promote Public Policies that Reduce the Impact of Commercial Tobacco Use:

La Paz County “Making a Difference for Tobacco Policy Change Where Children Play.”

Lee Ann Anderson Accepts one of her county's two awards

Lee Ann Anderson Accepts one of her county’s two awards

Synopsis: Youth taking a Stand to make a difference in their Community for Tobacco Free Parks so Children and Family’s can Play in a Safe and Clean environment.

Awards of Achievement

Reduce Initiation of Tobacco Among Youth:

Coconino County “Page High School Unity Council – Public Education events”

Marty Eckram and Candice Koekner Accept the MVP for Coconino County.

Marty Eckram and Elizabeth Holmes Accept the MVP for Coconino County.

Synopsis: The goal was that youth group members will provide peer or community education at three events or presentations in Flagstaff and Page.

Reduce Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke

Gila County “Youth Coalition Members Conduct Globe/Miami Business & Community Surveys

Lexie Nosie and Christine Rocha from Gila County Tobacco Free Environments Accept Their Award.

Lexie Nosie and Christine Rocha from Gila County Tobacco Free Environments Accept Their Award.

Synopsis: The goal of the project w as to visit and conduct a survey face-to-face with business owners and community members. The outcome was to gain support and input from businesses and community members, which in turn would protect non-smokers (including children and adults) from environmental tobacco smoke. With the desired support, the overall goal of the Program/Youth Coalition w as to decrease the number of parks within the community which allow tobacco use.

Promote Smoking Cessation and Help Smokers Quit:

Graham County “Teens Kick Butt(s)

Diane Castillo Accepts one of Graham County's two MVP Awards.

Diane Castillo Accepts one of Graham County’s two MVP Awards.

Synopsis: The goal of the Kick Butts Day event w as to inform Graham County residents of all ages about the dangers of tobacco use, while entertaining and amusing them. Alondra Torres, event co-coordinator said “I think it’s important to let other teens know that everyone is not out smoking or doing drugs and that’s okay. We wanted to get as many youth and adults to sign our pledge cards not to start smoking or to give up the habit if they were a smoker.

Four Leading Tobacco-Related Causes of Death in Arizona:

Cochise County “The Active Adults Program – A Sustainable Solution”

Suzanne Hagle Accepts the MVP for Cochise County

Suzanne Hagle Accepts the MVP for Cochise County

Synopsis: The Cochise County Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention Program / Active Adults (AA) Program successfully implemented a sustainable worksite wellness program for our own organization of approximately 786 full time employees. The implemented program includes: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops, ASHLine services/outreach, nutrition coaching administered by a Registered Dietician, fitness assessment & coaching administered by a certified Exercise Specialist and monthly wellness lunch and learn presentations.

Outreach or Communication Event:

La Paz County “First Annual La Paz County Health & Wellness EXPO”

Lee Ann Anderson Accepts one of her county's two awards

Lee Ann Anderson Accepts one of her county’s two awards

Synopsis: A County wide Health and Wellness EXPO was coordinated by LPC Public Health and Education Program to offer all community health and social service agencies to provide outreach education to the citizens of La Paz. Partnering Agencies met bi-weekly over a period of four months to create a community event that
promoted health resources available to people of all ages.

Awards of Merit:

Reduce Initation of Tobacco Amoung Youth:

Graham County “Learning and Fun Go Together

Diane Castillo Accepts one of Graham County's two MVP Awards.

Diane Castillo Accepts one of Graham County’s two MVP Awards.

Synopsis: During the months of June and July Graham Alliance on Tobacco Education staff members and Students Against Destructive Decisions youth go the Boys & Girls Club three days a w eek and the Summer Food Programs five days a week to inform the youth who attend the consequences of tobacco use and do activities with the participants.

Reduce Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke

Coconino County “Coconino County Youth Groups Promote Tobacco-Free Parks”

Brenda Gene, Marty Eckrem, Elizabeth Homles and Candice Koekner Accept the MVP for Coconino County

Brenda Gene, Marty Eckrem, Elizabeth Homles and Candice Koekner Accept the MVP for Coconino County

Synopsis: The goal was to promote smokefree parks in Flagstaff and Page through youth group community organizing.

Promote Smoking Cessation and Help Smokers Quit

Greenlee County “Promotion of ASHLine to Gila Health Resources”

Carren Nicklas Accepts Greenlee County's MVP.

Carren Nicklas Accepts Greenlee County’s MVP.

Synopsis: All physicians/caregivers were given a packet and short explanation and directions to use ASHLine referral. Doctors w ere also given contact information for local cessation questions.

Four Leading Tobacco-Related Causes of Death in Arizona

Pima County “Coordinated School Health”

Greg Rivera accepts one of Pima County's three MVPs of the night.

Greg Rivera accepts one of Pima County’s three MVPs of the night.

Synopsis: Coordinated school health (CSH) is recommended by the CDC as a strategy for improving students’ performance by promoting optimal physical, emotional, social and educational development. Through multidisciplinary School Health Advisor Councils (SHAC), schools address health-related issues that foster student’s
academic achievements, but also help to establish lifelong healthy behaviors.

Outreach or Communication Event

Pinal County “Knowledge is PowerFUL”

Jan Vidmos and Rosanna Ringer accept the MVP for Pinal County.

Jan Vidmos and Rosanna Ringer accept the MVP for Pinal County.

Synopsis: The School Health Liaison Program’s goal w as to promote cessation among youth and adult tobacco users.

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