Last Updated: March 2, 2020
Author: Tobacco Control Program, Vermont Department of Health
Due to the temporary loss of capacity in the Tobacco Control Program, the Offices of Local Health (OLH) Chronic Disease Designees were not asked to participate in the review of quarterly reports during Quarter 4 2019. With new staff transitioning into the program's prevention work, we wanted to give time for staff to learn about the grantees and the CDC tobacco prevention framework while also giving OLH staff a break from reviewing coalition reports. OLH reviews resume in Q1 2020.
The Vermont Department of Health funds 14 tobacco community grantees that are located in 11 out of the 12 District Offices, also referred to as the Offices of Local Health. A Tobacco Control Program, per the CDC 2014 Best Practice Guide, aligns state and local initiatives to produce protective measures that over time reduce tobacco initiation and use, support successful tobacco cessation, and limit exposure to secondhand smoke. Community support and involvement at the grassroots level in educating on effective policy and planning interventions can result in creating content neutral advertising laws and smoke-free public and private environments, and at the state level state statutes that limit youth access, exposure and use of tobacco and support all adults in never starting tobacco use or quitting if they do. The program’s technical assistance seeks to enhance and guide the community coalitions' efforts by playing a key role in providing resources that will aid in successful implementation of workplan activities.
The Offices of Local Health play an important role in providing tobacco education and resources that aid the community grantees in achieving their tobacco prevention workplan goals. The leadership and staff at the Offices of Local Health seek to engage the tobacco community grantees on how initiatives such as 3-4-50 can be incorporated into the work being done around addressing risk behaviors and reducing chronic diseases.
The Vermont Department of Health and Office of Local Health seek to provide support to community coalitions through:
- Providing best practice guidance and technical assistance
- Giving feedback on community grantee tobacco workplans and quarterly reporting
- Arranging trainings and strategy sessions among the grantees
- Coordinating site visits with grantees to include Office of Local Health staff during site visits
- Providing presentation templates, data and other resources for tobacco grantees at community events and presentations
This performance measure might fluctuate from quarter to quarter based on grantee activities, identified technical assistance and scheduled site visits.