Scotts Bluff County Tobacco-Free Collaborative

"Sometimes You Just Need to Talk to Someone?"

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: As the newly appointed coordinator of the Scotts Bluff County Tobacco-Free Collaborative in Nebraska, Stephen Huerta quickly realized that the coalition he had inherited was on the brink of falling apart. He was the third coordinator in 18 months, and only a few of the 20 coalition members were showing up at monthly meetings. This sidebar describes how TTAC staff helped Huerta enhance the coalition's effectiveness. "It's very comforting to have an agency like TTAC for guidance and support," said Huerta.