Learning Objectives: Describe a model for effective collaboration between state organizations and agencies in providing resources and technical support to local communities needing support in passing smoke-free ordinances/regulations. Describe a process for how the TA collaborative works with its Disparities Action Committee to identify gaps in representation at the community level and to strengthen local involvement in the policy initiative process. Identify structure, tools and protocols used to effectively coordinate and meet local community needs.
Abstract: Target audience is tobacco control managers and professional staff - regardless of funding source, voluntary organizations working in grassroots tobacco control activities, law professionals, and ethnic and disparate populations. Successful collaboration requires that at least one entity lead in creating a core of groups/organizations/agencies willing to form a Technical Assistance (TA) collaborative for the purpose of supporting the development of local Smoke-Free Air policy initiatives. The group identifies TA needs (community assessment, legal advice, media, etc) and reaches consensus on what specific expertise area(s) each entity in the collaborative is able and willing to provide. It also seeks to identify potential gaps in TA. The Disparities Action Committee (DAC) provides oversight and guidance at the TA collaborative level for all activities. At the local level DAC will focus on identifying disparate groups in local community assessments, help to create appropriate education messages to specific populations, and mobilize identified populations to engage in all levels of the local Smoke-Free Air policy process. Once organized the TA collaborative creates tools to reflect the infrastructure and provides information, guidance, and points of entry for local communities and groups seeking their services. The TA collaborative meets regularly and frequently (depending on level of local activity) to discuss coordination of TA in given localities and update the collaborative on successes, challenges, and next steps. Slides will aid in demonstrating key concepts. Panel members will illustrate points using local initiatives in Michigan. This model of collaboration can be successfully replicated in any state.
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