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Break Free Alliance’s Summer Webinar Series – Addressing Tobacco Use In Correctional Facilities

Monday, May 09, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Break Free Alliance will be hosting its own four-part summer webinar series to discuss and encourage dialogue among partners working to address tobacco use among correctional and post-correctional populations.
 
The latest information on how to implement tobacco cessation programming and comprehensive tobacco control policies in correctional facilities will be shared, as well as linking newly released inmates with community-based cessation resources.
 
Background Information 
 
Tobacco use prevalence is particularly high among those in correctional facilities. Smoking rates among the incarcerated have been estimated to be as high as 70% - well above the 20% rate for all U.S. adults. In 2003, Break Free Alliance formed a partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to develop a tobacco cessation curriculum for correctional populations and has been working closely with correctional health care partners and others on tobacco-related issues in the correctional setting ever since.
 
The purpose of the 2011 Summer Webinar Series is to expand on our most recent publication, "Recommendations for Addressing Tobacco Use in Correctional Facilities through Policy and Cessation Programming,” by promoting continued discussion of the briefing paper’s recommendations and encouraging dialogue among partners working to address tobacco use among correctional and post-correctional populations.
 
Webinar Schedule
 
Through a series of four webinars, participants from state tobacco control programs and correctional systems will have the opportunity to participate in the following webinars:
 
Webinar 1 - July 12th | 11:00am-12:30pm PST
Making the Case for Tobacco Control Policy and Cessation Programming in
Correctional Settings
 
Webinar 2—July 26th | 11:00am-12:30pm PST
Strategies for implementing and strengthening comprehensive clean indoor and outdoor air policies
 
Webinar 3—August 16th | 11:00am-12:30pm PST                                             
Approaches to Implementing Tobacco Cessation Services in Correctional
Systems
 
Webinar 4—August 30th | 11:00am-12:30pm PST                                            
Linking Newly-Released Inmates with Community-Based Cessation Resources
 
Who Should Attend? 
-State tobacco control staff
-Correctional facility staff (medical & administrative) within prisons, jails and community corrections facilities 
-Policy makers
-Community centers/Community based organizations that assist newly released inmates with community resources and services
-Others interested in tobacco use in correctional institutions  

REGISTER HERE
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2011 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES,
PLEASE CONTACT:

KRISTI MARYMAN,
Break Free Alliance Program Coordinator
916-556-3344
kmaryman@healthedcouncil.org 

Source: Break Free Alliance

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