Arizona Republic Letter to the Editor: Gwynn death should be warning to chew users

June 30, 2014
I was in San Diego this month and saw many people wearing buttons mourning the loss of hometown hero Tony Gwynn. Back home, I really admired seeing one of our own Arizona Diamondbacks, Addison Reed, announcing he had quit chew after learning how it contributed to Gwynn’s death. Gywnn had been Reed’s coach at San Diego State.

I hope this becomes a call to action for all baseball players, young and old.

For Arizonans who want to follow in Reed’s footsteps, the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline is here to help.

It helps to have a great coach to assist you in kicking a deadly addiction.

Call 1-800-55-66-222 or visit ashline.org to get started.

— Laurie Thomas,

Phoenix


Miami, AZ Votes to Make Veterans Park Smoke-free

June 30, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Miami — At its meeting on June 9, the Miami Town Council voted 4-2 to make Miami Veterans Memorial Park a smoke-free area. Michael Black, Don Reiman, Robert Baeza and Darryl Dalley all voted for the measure, while mayor Rosemary Castaneda and vice mayor Susan Hanson voted against it.

Outlawing smoking at the park has been a year-long project of the Miami High School’s Anti-Tobacco Club. Before the council discussed the matter, Vanessa O’Connor, president of the Anti-Tobacco Club, read a prepared statement. The club had made several prior presentations to the council, but the matter had been tabled each time.

“We surveyed more than 300 community people asking their opinion of a ‘smoke-free’ park and received 85-percent support,” O’Connor said in part.  “We provided a model ordinance that could be used by the council when adopting their ordinance.
“We even ofered to help with the cost of signage.  These dedicated youth all graduated from Miami High School in May.  We deserve to have the council take action on our request before we leave for college.”

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New SGR50 Video Available for LGBT Pride month

June 27, 2014

 

 
Promote The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health!
Dear Colleagues:

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans smoke at much higher rates than average, so they suffer more smoking-related death and illness. In recognition of June as LGBT pride month, we are excited to launch a new video to help you raise awareness about the impact smoking has on the LGBT community and also promote the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.

 

New Video Launched During LGBT Pride Month

Smoking is the largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans smoke at much higher rates than average, so they suffer more smoking-related death and illness. In this video, “Smoking Within the LGBT Community,”Dr. Scout, director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink, talks about what smoking does to LGBT communities, including the tobacco industry’s long history of marketing to the LGBT community.

 

What can I do to help spread the word?

You can help us to highlight this important tobacco-related health information during LGBT Pride Month by using this material in your media, communication and outreach to promote and share SGR50 findings.

 

You can also continue to spread the word that free help is available for all who want to quit – they can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to theTips From Former Smokers Web site.

 

Here are some sample Tweets and Facebook posts you can consider using for your social media channels.

 

Sample Tweets

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans smoke at much higher rates than average, so they suffer more smoking-related death and illness. This video explores one of the main culprits of this health disparity. http://youtu.be/qOdT-K66u3o
  • In honor of LGBT Pride Month, help us shed light on the tobacco industry’s deceptive strategies against the LGBT community by sharing this video  http://youtu.be/qOdT-K66u3o

Trevor G. Browne HS spends World No Tobacco Day in the Park

June 27, 2014

Youth Coalition has Community Fair in Local Park to support Smokefree Parks and Giving Up the Habit for Good

May 31, 2014

 

STAND Youth coalition members, local leaders, members of the community and vendors came together in El Oso Park in west Phoenix to celebrate World No Tobacco Day, an annual event to promote quitting and preventing tobacco use.

State representative Mark Cardenas (D-19, Center) and Vania Guevara from Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela's office (lower right) Pose with Youth Coalition members.

State representative Mark Cardenas (D-19, Center) and Vania Guevara from Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s office (lower right) Pose with Youth Coalition members.

As part of the community fair the Youth Coalition participated in the City of Phoenix’s “Adopt a Park” program, and will engage in cleanup activities at the park.

STAND members receive a certificate as part of the "Adopt a Park" program from the City of Phoenix.  Members will assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the park.

STAND members receive a certificate as part of the “Adopt a Park” program from the City of Phoenix. Members will assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the park.

Fox10 Phoenix came to cover the event and interviewed STAND members

Fox10 Phoenix came to cover the event and interviewed STAND members

Participants Designed T-shirts with anti-tobacco messages at one of the booths.

Participants Designed T-shirts with anti-tobacco messages at one of the booths.

 


Job Announcement: Nutrition & Physical Activity Programs Supervisor

June 17, 2014
MARICOPA COUNTY
invites applications for the position of:
Nutrition & Physical Activity Programs SupervisorAn Equal Opportunity Employer
OPENING DATE: 06/16/14
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
DEPARTMENT: Public Health
JOB TYPE: Classified/Full-Time
LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona
SALARY: $23.03 – $35.65 Hourly
POSITION OVERVIEW:
This position oversees the MCDPH Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity (ONPA) healthy eating and active living initiatives, including integrating health in local jurisdictional policies and strategies to increase access to healthy eating and active living in community and education environments.  Responsible for planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating multiple large scale nutrition and physical activity programs including SNAP-Ed, Dietetic Internship Program and Community Nutrition for the residents of Maricopa County.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum Education and/or Experience:Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Public Policy, or closely related field. Three (3) years’ experience managing a multi-faceted nutrition or obesity prevention and control  program which includes experience in developing and implementing population-based healthy eating and active living approaches that incorporate policy, systems, and environment-based change strategies, including one (1) year of supervisory experience. Related education above a Bachelor’s degree may substitute for (non-supervisory) experience requirements on a year per year basis.

 

Specialized Training, Certifications, and/or Other Special Requirements:

Requires work in a public health, or community settings which include low income individuals of diverse cultures and backgrounds; contact with infants, children, and adults.  Hours are determined by the needs of the community which may include nights and weekends. Must have a valid unrestricted Arizona Driver’s License and reliable transportation. Participates in emergency response training as scheduled and must be available to respond as directed in the event of a public health emergency.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of health in all policies framework; food systems, early childhood education (ECE) and school-based health policies, practices, and quality improvement processes. Knowledge of policy prevention efforts that can inform decision making, planning, and zoning; federal, state and agency rules, regulations, and policies and procedures relative to grant outcomes. Knowledge of food access efforts that can inform and improve healthy food access for community systems; and current concepts and evidence-based strategies in effective nutrition, physical activity and health delivery programs across the social ecological model.  Skills in management and work leadership; applying prevention policy and environmental strategies and techniques to planning programs and projects; interpersonal relations; analyzing and evaluating a variety of nutrition and health data to identify problems and make adjustments to interventions and administration of public health delivery systems for health promotion and disease prevention. Ability to manage professionals. Ability to interface with the community. Good knowledge of personnel management. Ability to resolve program and performance problems. Excellent organizational and time management skills.  Problem-solving and decision-making skills; good communication skills. Ability to work as a team member, to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, clients, service providers, and staff. Ability to develop program goals and objectives, to organize, coordinate and meet objectives. Ability to speak and write effectively. Knowledge of fundamental principles, concepts, methods involved in nutrition. Knowledge of teaching methods applicable to nutrition education for low income and culturally diverse populations. Knowledge of research methods.

 

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

Master’s degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Public Policy, or related field and one (1) year of experience in developing and implementing population-based healthy eating and active living approaches including policy, systems, and environment-based change strategies Registered Dietitian (RD) with active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

Preferred Training, Certifications and /or Other Special Requirements:

Requires work in a public health, or community settings which include low income individuals of diverse cultures and backgrounds; contact with infants, children, and adults. Hours are determined by the needs of the community which may include nights and weekends. Must have a valid unrestricted Arizona Driver’s License and reliable transportation.

ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS:
Plans, organizes, develops, and directs internal and external partners including community capacity building.  Responsible for early care and education school health, food access, and community design initiatives specific to healthy eating and active living including the facilitation of collaboratives to advance implementation of preventative health strategies and meet agency performance measures; program implementation and evaluation; and applying evidence-based findings to overall approach. .  Provides staff, budget, management, and programmatic oversight for the multi-million dollar Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education Program (SNAP-Ed), the Dietetic Internship program, and other grants and County funded programs. Plans, directs, and oversees all aspects of strategic planning to meet community needs, ensuring compliance with regulations/standards. Develops, implements, and maintains a continuous improvement system for ONPA programs and services. Leads development and implementation of nutrition and physical activity public health approaches around policies, systems and environmental change, including Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and community-wide collaborations. Negotiates program contracts, pursues potential funding sources for new grants, and conducts and coordinates program evaluation. Supervises and directs activities of ONPA staff ensuring strategic alignment with department, state, and federal healthy eating and active living initiatives. Manages and coordinates personnel issues relating to performance, disciplinary issues, conflict resolution, human resources, recruitment, evaluations, and human relations with advisement from appropriate County authority. Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community partners to improve the nutritional status of Maricopa County residents; identifies opportunities for engagement among existing and new partners; represents the MCDPH in professional and community organizations; serves as liaison between the Department and community, professional, and other government agencies. Develops, implements, interprets, and monitors US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and SNAP-Ed policies and procedures in collaboration with office staff, community agencies, county, and state entities.
SELECTION PROCEDURE:
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources. 

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

APPLICATIONS MAY ONLY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
https://jobs.maricopa.govOUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:
301 W Jefferson
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-506-3755 (staffed Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm MST, excluding holidays)
hrfeedback@mail.maricopa.gov
Job #860NPAPS061314
NUTRITION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS SUPERVISOR
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It is the policy of Maricopa County not to discriminate in employment or the provision of services. Maricopa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process to eligible individuals requesting assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

 

visit https://jobs.maricopa.gov/

 


Study: Men who smoke can pass on health risk to offspring

June 17, 2014

By Mark Remillard
Originally published: Jun 16, 2014 – 5:00 am

PHOENIX – A new study is adding to the long list of reasons to quit smoking.

The study from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that men who smoke while trying to conceive could be passing along health risks to their offspring.

Courtney Ward, chief of the Office of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program for the Arizona Department of Health Services, said it’s no longer just women who smoke during conception that can be passing on risks to kids.

“Using tobacco and engaging in sexual activity, for the maternal and the paternal side, can have effect on the offspring,” Ward said.

Ward said the risks associated with men smoking while trying to conceive versus women smoking is not nearly as significant but it does present risks.

“The major contributions that have been found are genetic alterations, specifically leukemia and other cancer causing diseases,” she said.

The study looked at men in their early 30s, and it’s not clear if men who previously smoked but quit still had an effect on offspring, Ward said.

Ward wants to remind people that it’s never too late to quit smoking and Arizona’s anti-smoking program called CIGNAL offers free help and cessation services. That can be visited at www.thecignal.com.


Graham County STARS present in front of County Supervisors

June 17, 2014

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The Graham County STARS – Students Taking A Road to Success – presented their policy change request to the Graham County Board of Supervisors to make the Graham County Fairgrounds a Tobacco Free Park. They brought with them a sample of the tobacco trash they collect during their “butt” collection, display picture boards, information packets and as an example the signage that California uses in their parks to show they are tobacco free. Kailie Renovato and Tate McLain presented to the Board outlining the dangers of cigarette waste as it pertains to infants and children, the toxic chemicals left behind and the unsightly mess left in the parks. They also provided information about secondhand smoke and its effects. Tate told the council the personal story of his grandfather as motivation for why he is passionate about tobacco education and cessation. The Board agreed that it would be a valuable change for the community for the Fairgrounds to go tobacco free and thanked the youth for their efforts, not only with this project but with tobacco education in general.

 

Great job Graham County STARS!