TOBACCO CONTROL & HEAD START CENTERS
Health Ed Pros was awarded $200,000 from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission for 2017-2019 to implement the Getting a Head Start on Living Tobacco Free program with Indiana Head Start programs.
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke get sick more often, suffering from ear infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Sadly, more than 1,400 Hoosiers die from exposure to secondhand smoke each year. Adults with lower income and education levels use tobacco at higher rates, which makes Head Start an ideal partner.
Head Start is the largest early childhood and family education program in the nation, offering comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families with an emphasis on parental involvement.
GETTING A HEAD START ON LIVING TOBACCO FREE
HEAD START CENTERS
Health Ed Pros is currently working with the following Head Start and
Early Head Start Agencies:
Carey Services (Grant County)
Community & Family Services (Blackford, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Jay, and Randolph Counties)
Community Care in Union County (Union County)
Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (Newton, Jasper, and Pulaski Counties)
Pathfinder Services (Huntington County)
South Central Community Action Program (Monroe County)
More coming soon…
The program focuses on educating Head Start staff and families about the harms of secondhand smoke and how to lessen exposure to secondhand smoke. Participants learn how secondhand smoke hurts, what secondhand smoke costs and how they can quit using tobacco.
Participating centers receive free, hands-on training to help educate staff how tobacco use and secondhand smoke may impact the families they oversee, and the program is designed to help fulfill federal Head Start performance standards. Free educational materials are also available to promote living tobacco-free.
Parents may be unknowingly contributing to their child’s health problems, like asthma, by exposing them to secondhand smoke in their home or car. Trained staff can help parents make the connection between their tobacco use and related health problems and encourage parents to maintain smoke-free home environments for children, and to create a tobacco-free lifestyle by quitting tobacco use.
SOME RECENT GRANT ACTIVITIES
KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT TOBACCO
TOBACCO CONTROL LINKS AND RESOURCES
Learn more about Indiana tobacco control efforts at http://in.gov/isdh/tpc/.
For help quitting tobacco call 1-800-Quit-Now or log on http://quitnowindiana.com/.
To order FREE Quitline materials go to http://www.in.gov/quitline/2338.htm.
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/
American Lung Association of Indiana: http://www.lungIN.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco
CDC Tips from Former Smokers: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/index.html
Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air: http://www.smokefreein.com
Legacy’s Truth Campaign: http://www.thetruth.com/
National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/
Smoke Free Homes Project: http://www.kidslivesmokefree.org/
The Truth Initiative: https://truthinitiative.org/
VOICE – Indiana Youth Speaking Out Against Big Tobacco: http://www.voiceindiana.org/
World Health Organization – Tobacco Free Initiative: http://tobacco.who.int/
FOR MORE INFORMATION