Wednesday, 20 November 2002 - 1:30 PM
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 22 (110)

PREV-205. Combating Tobacco Use Among College Students: The Statewide Approach and the UVM Pilot Project

Amy E. Sayre, MPH, Vermont Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program,

Learning Objectives: Identify the questions necessary to include in a statewide needs assessment regarding current anti-tobacco programs and policies on college/university campuses. Develop a strategic plan for the colleges/universities in their state based on the needs assessment. Outline a plan for social norms based prevention work on campus.

Abstract: Audience – Individuals working on college and university campuses; state program managers who work with college and university campuses; college students interested in implementing tobacco use prevention programs on campus.

Key Points – Over the past year, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has been funding a contract an initiative to conduct research and develop a strategic plan based on the findings of that research to combat tobacco use by college and university students in Vermont. Attendees will receive detailed information outlining the processes of carrying out a needs assessment and implementing a social norms based prevention campaign on a college/university campus based on the needs assessment.

Educational Experience – The audience will learn the key points through an interactive presentation and discussion. This will be followed by a question and answer period. Attendees will be encouraged to share information with their colleagues pertaining to the topic. Participants will receive assessment tools, “How-To” program implementation guides, and resources lists.

Benefits – Attendees will be able to use the presentation resources to implement needs assessment surveys on the college/university campuses in their state. They will be able to identify campus community resources that will be advantageous in changing the social norm around tobacco abuse. They will have the information necessary to develop and implement a social norms based prevention campaign. Attendees will receive helpful information from fellow colleagues attending the workshop.

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