Project to Explore Collaboration Between Advocates for Tobacco Control and Children's Health

This project will convene key actors within the children's health and tobacco control communities to explore the possibilities of future collaboration. The four key activities of the project include: (1) a written review of the history and current status of the relationship between the tobacco control and child health communities; (2) a two-day conference designed to find common ground between these two constituencies; (3) the provision of ongoing technical assistance to five states who are interested in pursuing the goals of increased insurance coverage for children and improved tobacco control policies; and (4) facilitation of ongoing information sharing opportunities for the five states that have recently passed tobacco tax referendums. The project will have four key activities. First, a review of the history and current status of the relationship between child health and tobacco control advocates will be prepared by Brandeis staff with assistance from two Massachusetts-based agencies, the Tobacco Control Resource Center and Health Care For All. This review will be the focal point for a two-day conference involving participants from interested states as well as select national organizations. Invitees will include select Smokeless States and State Initiatives in Health Care Reform grantees, other state policy makers, child health advocacy groups, voluntary health agencies, other tobacco control groups, key health services constituencies (e.g., hospital, medical, and pediatric associations), health insurers, managed care organizations, consumer coalitions, business groups, United Way, and other foundations interested in child health. The conference will profile successful examples of collaboration between the child health and tobacco control communities as well as discuss the overarching principles that apply to future collaborative efforts. A third activity will be the provision of ongoing technical assistance and convening in five states where the child health and tobacco control communities are anxious to make further progress. Finally, the project staff will facilitate ongoing convening and information sharing opportunities for the five states that have recently passed tobacco tax referendums (Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Arizona and California). Four of these states have used the bulk of the tobacco tax proceeds to improve indigent care and they have several common issues.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $151,151.00

Awarded on: 1/28/1997

Time frame: 2/1/1997 - 7/31/1998

Grant Number: 30463

Grantee

Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

415 South Street
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA, 02454-9110

781-736-3883
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Jack P. Shonkoff
Project Director

617-496-1224
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