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Tobacco Action Plan

The top 5 priorities

  1. Create One National Campaign: One Logo/Name and Message
  2. Develop Clearinghouse on LGBT Tobacco Efforts
  3. Identify Data Sets for Analysis and Conduct New Research
  4. Enhance Connectivity with Larger Anti-Smoking Organizations
  5. Build Resources for Development Programs and Initiatives

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Resource Library


  • 2008 April

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2008 May

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2008 October

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2009 April

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2009 February

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2009 June

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • 2009 March

    News from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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  • Network Newsletter 2011

    October, November and December highlights from 2010

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  • 2012 Summit Abstract Submission Packet

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  • 2012 Summit Registration Form

    Registration form for the 8th annual LGBTQ Health Equity Summit
    August 14, 2012
    Kansas City, MO

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  • 2012 Summit Sponsorship Packet

    The 2012 LGBTQ Health Equity Summit provides a great sponsorship opportunity for your company or organization! The Summit will be held on August 14th, in Kansas City, Missouri marking the eighth anniversary of the event. Convening one day before the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, the one-day Summit is an interactive, educational, and networking event where your company or organization can reach a diverse group of individuals from across the United States, all working on health equity issues and battling tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The Summit brings together more than 100 community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender leaders, along with allies, for lively panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and strategic planning sessions.

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  • Addressing Tobacco in Colorado’s Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Communities: A Community Blueprint for Action

    A report prepared by the Colorado Community Coalition for Health Equity
    July 201

    To embrace the goal of reducing high tobacco use rates among SED Coloradans, 11 Colorado nonprofit and local health agency organizations came together with the intention of creating a strong, diverse coalition having the capacity to better serve SED tobacco users across Colorado. To increase their understanding of the SED tobacco users, a needs assessment and inventories of community assets were developed to gain insight and knowledge about the motivations, attitudes, beliefs, existing resources and service access points of the SED populations. This base of knowledge enabled the Coalition and community stakeholders to develop a plan for addressing tobacco-related health
    disparities that exists in SED communities, and to provide a blueprint for building the capacity of the communities involved.
    Project Overview Process evaluation measures were designed to ensure stakeholder satisfaction throughout the project, as well as, to assess organizational knowledge of the SED populations and confidence to meet education, cessation and service needs. Data for the project was collected using focus groups comprised of participants from SED populations; interviews with local and national experts; meetings with local Community Advisory Committees made up of SED service providers who developed community asset inventories; and a literature review to provide lessons learned and promising practices. The review also assisted in the development of cultural considerations for the diverse
    segments of the SED population. All data collection methods were assessed for cultural competency. This report includes cultural considerations of LGBT, Black/African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic and Rural Communities.

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  • Annotated Bibliography of Notable LGBT Health Disparity Studies

    This bibliography includes citations and abstracts from peer-reviewed LGBT Health Disparity articles among the following categories: Access to Health Services, Cancer, General Health, Health Risk Behaviors, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Nutrition and Obesity, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Use and Tobacco Use

    Compiled on 7/12/10 by the Network for LGBT Tobacco
    Control through input from the following LGBT health

    Alicia Matthews, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
    Deborah Bowen, Ph.D., Boston University
    Don Operario, Ph.D., Brown University
    Emilia Lombardi, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
    Francisco Buchting, Ph.D., ETR Associates
    Joseph Lee, M.P.H., CPH, University of North Carolina
    Judith Bradford, Ph.D., The Fenway Institute
    Ron Stall, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    Scout, Ph.D., The Fenway Institute
    Tonda Hughes, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
    Assistance was provided via the resources of the LGBT
    Population Research Center.
    Additional thanks to Dwyer Deighan

    Many thanks to the contributors to this important work!

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  • Annotated Bibliography, January 2011

    This Annotated Bibliography of 323 LGBT tobacco references was updated on January 24, 2011 by Emilia Dunham of The Network for LGBT Health Equity.

    Special thanks to the following Network members and staff for their assistance:

    Heather Ryan, Office on Smoking and Health-CDC
    Joseph Lee, UNC School of Medicine
    Sasha Kaufmann, former Network staff
    Vanesso Oddo, former Network staff
    Aimee Van Wagenen, LGBT Population Research Center
    Scout, Ph.D., Network staff
    Gustavo Torrez, Network staff

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    Comments as listed in response to the National Prevention Strategy online submission questionnaire

    Submitted by Scout, Ph.D and Emilia Dunham of The Network for LGBT Health Equity on December 5, 2010

    This draft was developed as the result of a September 15, 2010 meeting that the Surgeon General convened of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Council (the Council). They agreed on the framework for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (National Prevention Strategy) which includes the Vision, Goals, and Strategic Directions. The Council will use the framework to guide development of the National Prevention Strategy.

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  • El Uso de Tabaco entre la Comunidad LGBTT / Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community

    Cumbre de Prevención de Tabaquismo y Obesidad: Integrando Esfuerzos para un Puerto Rico Saludable

    12 de marzo de 2010

    Yanira Arias

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    Las comunidades LGBT están entre las poblaciones afectadas más gravemente por el uso de tabaco.

    Aún en exteriores, el humo de segunda mano tiene un efecto negativo en la salud.

    La Cirujana General de los Estados Unidos ha declarado: "¡El debate ha terminado!"

    El humo de segunda mano puede tener impacto adicional en las comunidades LGBT.

    ¡Las personas LGBT quieren aire libre del humo de tabaco!


    LGBT communities are among the populations most severely impacted by tobacco use.

    Even outdoors, secondhand smoke has a negative health impact.

    The Surgeon General has declared: "The debate is over!"

    Secondhand smoke may have added impact in the LGBT communities.

    LGBT people want smoke free air!

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  • Health Advocacy Webinar BrownBag Webinar Presentation Slides

    On January 31st, 2011 the Network held a Webinar to enhance the LGBT inclusion of state suicide prevention programs. It includes tips and suggestions to make this happen as well as contacts to request assistance with this process.

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  • How to Run a Culturally Competent LGBT Smoking Treatment Group

    This 20-page book distills lessons learned from over 20 LGBT treatment groups run across the country as part of an American Legacy Foundation research project. Information is given on how to set up staffing, do outreach, tailor a curriculum and find other resources. The last chapter of the book adds a bonus, a low-effort recipe to evaluate any tobacco treatment group complete with model evaluation forms. According to Dr. Scout, "It was really frustrating to us as evaluators to realize there were no turnkey evaluations for treatment groups available. So we decided to create one we hope anyone can use because we all deserve to know when we're succeeding." If you would like to order a copy of the book for yourself or your organization, please follow the link below to fill out an order form. For a PDF version, please visit

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  • Joint Statement from the Network to State DOH's

    This is a joint statement the Network and its members put together to state department's of health (DOH). The goal of the statement was to encourage state DOH's to include LGBT communities in their disparities planning component of the stimulus-funded Wellness applications.

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  • Joint Statement on Data Collection: Gaps and Best Practices Series

    Statement from the National Networks on the gaps and best practices for data collection of minority populations

    This statement was sent to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Center for Tobacco Products, Dr. Lawrence Deyton.

    Suggestions for Best Practices include:
    *Routine demographic measures for sexual and gender minorities, per IOM recommendations.
    *Disaggregated data collection for racial and ethnic categories, per IOM recommendations.
    *Respondent reported data collection, versus interviewer determined, particularly for race, ethnicity, and sex.
    *In language data collection, especially for Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
    *Adequate low socio-economic indicators, particularly parental proxy indicators if it is a youth sample.

    October 14th, 2011

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  • Joint Statement Recommendations to Include Populations Affected By Disparities in Health Funding Awards

    Joint statement by the National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention Allied Consortium prepared to help give guidance on how to substantively include disparity populations in health RFAs. Attached to the short initial statement are suggested language changes to a series of 3 recent federal RFAs, for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work awards. These are meant to be a guide for future RFA development.

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  • Letters to the Editors of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health on article: "Butch/Femme, F2M, Pregnant Man, TrannyBoi: Gender Issues in the Lesbian Community"

    Here is a published Letter to the Editors that Scout and others responded to in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. The title of the original article was "Butch/Femme, F2M, Pregnant Man, TrannyBoi: Gender Issues in the Lesbian Community" and contained problematic language regarding transgender people which was addressed in the letter. Attached are the published letters of Scout as well as reassuring responses from the original author and editors.

    Scout, Emilia Lombardi, and Bali White. "Letters to the Editors RE: Butch/Femme, F2M, Pregnant Man, TrannyBoi: Gender Issues in the Lesbian Community." Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health,14.3 (2010): 257-58. Print.

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  • LGBT Cultural Competency in Funding

    Just like in a clinic, funders create an environment that can welcome or alienate disparity populations. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health issues are underserved and understudied. We are pleased to see major new initiatives spreading LGBT cultural competency among service providers. We have trained a wide variety of state staff in cultural competency. The main message in these trainings is simple: with a stigmatized population, members do not presume an environment is welcoming until such welcome is visibly demonstrated.

    This same premise needs to be applied in the funding arena. At the same time that individual NIH project officers are urging people submit more LGBT focused research projects, LGBT researchers are unwilling to invest the money and energy to develop proposals without evidence that particular funding stream is welcoming. This phenomenon is just as applicable to all agencies in Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as state and private funders. The historic barrier of stigmatizing LGBT research and program inclusion will continue to dampen the number of LGBT proposals submitted and funded until funders also address cultural competency.

    Enclosed in this document are three simple strategies that can demonstrate a funding stream is welcoming to LGBT applicants as well as priority HHS funding streams to address.

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  • LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet (2008)

    This factsheet addresses topics such as how tobacco affects LGBT communities, how tobacco companies target LGBTs, health impacts of tobacco, secondhand smoke, and clean indoor air.

    For 2011 updated version, please see:

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  • LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet (2011)

    Updated in October 2011 by Joseph Lee
    Based off our 2008

    This document provides facts on:

    *LGBT communities are severely impacted by tobacco use

    *Tobacco companies target LGBT populations, compromising work against a major health threat

    *Negative health impacts of tobacco continue to be under-estimated

    *Reasons for the disparity

    *LGBT people want clean indoor air

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  • LGBT Policy Statement on Comprehensive Cessation Services

    Networks' 2010 policy statement supporting comprehensive cessation coverage to healthchare for all individuals.

    Keyword: Policy paper, position statement, policy statement

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  • LGBT Surveillance and Data Collection Briefing Paper

    A briefing paper on capturing LGBT data, with an emphasis on tobacco. This paper discusses which questions have been tested and why it is important to collect this data.

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  • LGBT Tobacco Action Plan FY 09 - 10

    The Network for LGBT Tobacco Control's Annual Action Plan, with top 5 action steps on Research, Action, and Prevention and tasks completed during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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  • LGBTQ COMMUNITIES: Motivation to Quit Smoking

    Full of quit tips, motivational stories and resources, check out this LGBTQ Quitguide created by the Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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  • Moving Forward with LGBT Health: First Steps for the Federal Government

    Network publication looking at federal need to address LGBT health disparities via data collection for instance.

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  • National Disparities Networks Joint Statement

    Joint Statement of the National Networks Consortium for Priority Populations and Tobacco Control

    March 12, 2009

    To John Ruffin, Ph.D.
    Director, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    National Institutes of Health

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  • National LGBT Tobacco Control Network Brochure

    A great introduction about LGBTs, tobacco, and what the Network does! Personal quotes spread out through the pamphlet illustrate how the Network works with individuals, organizations, and government employees to help eliminate tobacco disparities.

    Please email if you would like hard copy versions of our brochure.

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  • National Network Consortium Disparity Letters to Drs Collins and Deyton

    October 11, 2011
    Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institutes of Health One Center Drive, Building One, Room 126
    Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0148

    Lawrence Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D. Director, Center for Tobacco Products U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    9200 Corporate Boulevard, Room 110H Rockville, MD 20850-322

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  • National Networks Joint Policy Statement 2010

    Joint Statement Recommendations to Include Disparate Populations In Health Funding Awards

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  • North Dakota Alcohol Powerpoint Presentation

    Gustavo Torrez's North Dakota

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  • OMH Health Equity Plan: Network Comments

    Comments submitted to the National Partnership for Action on the draft Achieving Health Equity Plan by Network for LGBT Tobacco Control


    Comments by Scout and Joseph Lee

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  • Policy Paper on Cultural Competence in Quitlines

    This brief one-page policy paper outlines the reasons for adding sexual orientation and gender identity questions to state tobacco quitlines.

    Keyword: policy statement, position paper, policy paper

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  • Positivamente libres del humo de tabaco: Para ayudar a fumadores con VIH a dejar de fumar / Positively Smokefree: Helping HIV + Smokers to Quit

    Ejemplar 03/Invierno 2010
    Logros de un Programa de cesación de tabaco

    Al compartir nuestras lecciones esperamos hacer énfasis en las actividades que se presentan en el campo del control de tabaco en comunidades LGBT y transmitir las historias y las voces de aquellos quienes están luchando apasionadamente en contra de las grandes compañías tabacaleras. Creemos que una red basada en la comunidad debe estar en el centro del movimiento y que compartir nuestras historias es una forma importante de mantener nuestra comunidad fuerte. Por favor contáctanos si sabes de un proyecto que pueda ser destacado en futuros ejemplares de esta publicación.


    ISSUE 03/WINTER 2010
    Achievements of a Cessation

    With Sharing our Lessons we hope to highlight activities happening in the field of LGBT tobacco control and share the stories and voices of those fighting the good fight against big tobacco. We believe that a community driven network must be at the core of the movement and that sharing our stories is an important way to keep the community strong. Please contact us if you know of a project that can be featured in future issues of this publication.

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  • Project Narrative FY12

    The process of preparing our annual reapplication for CDC funding always creates a nice moment to pause and consider our core activity base over the last year.

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  • Promising Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program identifying and eliminating LGBT disparities

    Stemming from the Network's Tobacco Control Summits, the document highlights the measures states and localities should take when addressing tobacco control and wellness in LGBTQ populations. Steps include community inclusion and funding in policy planning, monitoring impact of tobacco on LGBTs, establishing culturally competent and tailored standards for statewide programs, and disseminating findings or lessons learned from programs. Rationale and ideas to meet each criterion are illustrated in this easy-to-use document.

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  • Public Testimony to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health & Health Disparities

    Public Testimony
    Prepared by D. Scout, Ph.D. For submission to the
    National Advisory Council on Minority Health & Health Disparities

    September 13, 2010

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  • Quitline Poster en español

    1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848-669)




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    The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Tobacco Control Network and the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) recognize that the burden of tobacco addiction has taken its toll on the LGBT and Hispanic/Latino communities. The purpose of this report is to shed light on the prevalence of tobacco use among Hispanic/Latino LGBTs, patterns, health effects and recommendations for action.

    Two national networks (LGBT and NLTCN) collaborated to produce this part of a report series which is intended as a useful resource for agencies, advocates and researchers
    working on tobacco control initiatives among LGBT and Hispanic/Latino communities.

    With this report we intend to educate and inform researchers, policy advocates and community organizers of the importance
    of addressing Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) tobacco disparities. Few studies have focused on the tobacco prevalence, cessation needs, or protective factors that keep Latino LGBT individuals from initiating or continuing smoking. However, given the size of these minority groups, and the health disparities of each, the Latino LGBT is at significant risk due to their double disparity. Due to the known
    disparities and uncertain data on LGBT and Latino LGBT communities, we offer recommendations for researchers, policy makers and community organizations to be more inclusive of Latino LGBT communities.

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  • Sharing Our Lessons 4: From Queer Youth to Public Health Leader

    Interview by Steering Committee member Kitty Jerome of Steering Committee member Ernesto Dominguez

    Fall 2010

    A Case Study of Engaging and Mentoring LGBT Youth into Tobacco Control Leadership

    With Sharing our Lessons we hope to highlight activities happening in the fi eld of LGBT tobacco control and share the stories and voices of those fi ghting the good fi ght against big tobacco. We believe that a community driven network must be at the core of the movement and that sharing our stories is an important way to keep the community strong. Please contact us if you know of a project that can be featured in future issues of this publication.

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  • Sharing Our Lessons Issue 3:
    Postively Smokefree: Helping HIV+ Smokers to Quit

    The 3rd edition of the “Sharing Our Lessons” series at Creating Change this past month on the first smoking cessation program for HIV + populations, run by the LGBT Center of New York City. The guide touches on the barriers of stigma, incentives for quitting, successful intervention techniques, and provides suggestions on how any LGBT community-based organization can help HIV+ smokers quit.

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  • Sharing Our Lessons, Issue 1 Spring 2008
    Colorado Statewide LGBT Network Case Study

    Highlights from a successful statewide LGBT anti tobacco effort.

    Sharing our Lessons is a way for those working in LGBT tobacco control to draw on a collective knowledge, learn of activities happening in the field, and read the stories and voices of those fighting the good fight against big tobacco. We believe that a community driven network must be at the core of the movement and that sharing our stories is an important way to keep the community strong. This forum is one way to do that. Please contact us if you have any questions, or know of a project that can be featured in this publication.

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  • Sharing Our Lessons: Making Minnesota’s Quitlines Accessible to LGBTs

    Sharing Our Lessons is intended to present informal interviews
    with leaders doing excellent LGBT tobacco control work.Thus, we are very happy to introduce a person who has been a leader in an amazing statewide effort to enhance LGBT access to tobacco quitlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Senior Priority Population Project Manager Sarah Senseman.

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  • Steering Committee Youth/Young Adult Nomination Questionnaire 2011

    The Network for LGBT Health Equity is now accepting nomination to fill three positions on its 13 member Steering Committee. Please note that one of the three positions is designated as a youth/young adult position, and applicants must be between 18-24 years old.

    The purpose of the committee is to provide multidisciplinary input and guidance on activities for the Network. Members will participate by sharing information regarding tobacco and other LGBT health disparity opportunities, providing input on National Network efforts, and considering strategic policy enhancements that further LGBT health disparity work at their organizations.

    • Attend regularly scheduled phone meetings (generally once or twice a month)
    • Attend one in-person meetings per year (paid for by the Network)
    • Review and give feedback on policy, direction, and strategic planning of Network Activities
    • Strategize effective ways to increase Network visibility, organizational outreach, and membership
    • Identify and increase the engagement of subgroups within the LGBT community (i.e., youth, rural, elder, etc)
    • Support and enhance the goals and objectives of the Network in a changing environment
    • Engage agency/coalition groups on pertinent issues/opportunities and report back to the Committee

    To apply, please download this document and email to us at or copy/follow this link:

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  • The Network's Comments on the National Prevention Strategy Draft

    National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy
    (National Prevention Strategy)
    December 22, 2010

    An important component of the Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) brings together seventeen federal departments and agencies to plan and coordinate prevention efforts across the government and the nation through the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (National Prevention Strategy).

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  • The Original LGBT Tobacco Action Plan - 2004

    The Networks rich history was build off of our Original 2004 Action Plan. Created by the community, this document speaks to power of a grassroots movement, leading to the creation of the Network.

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