Nevada State Health Division

The Plan that Sat on a Shelf

Dates of Program: January 2001 to March 2008

Field of Work: Tobacco control

Synopsis of the Work: The National Tobacco Control Technical Assistance Consortium (later shortened to Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, or TTAC) was a one-stop clearinghouse to connect tobacco-control advocates in the United States at the state and local levels with high-quality and timely technical assistance. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation and the American Cancer Society jointly funded this national program.

Story Told: When Charlene Herst became manager of the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program within the Nevada State Health Division, her first challenge was to develop a new strategic plan to help tighten and clarify overall operations. This sidebar describes how Herst used funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with a TTAC consultant to develop a plan that put her department on the right track.