TOBACCO CONTROL & HEAD START CENTERS

TOBACCO GRANT

Health Ed Pros strives to create healthier communities in the State of Indiana through effective and interactive health education. The Indiana State Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC) has chosen to aid Health Ed Pros in their mission by providing grant funding specializing in tobacco prevention. Health Ed Pros works with Head Starts and similar organizations to provide tobacco education for their staff and community.

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 and similar organizations ideal partners.

 

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.

 

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.

2017-2019 GRANT CYCLE- Getting a Head Start on Living Tobacco Free (GHSLTF)

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.

2019-2021 GRANT CYCLE- Breathe: Healthy Steps to 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)

More coming soon…

Health Ed Pros was granted $220,000 to implement the newest curriculum, Breathe: Healthy Steps to Living Tobacco Free in Head Starts and other similar organizations.

 

‘Breathe’ is the new and improved version of the old tobacco education curriculum GHSLTF. Health Ed Pros was highly involved in the creation of Breathe materials and curriculum, as they sat on TPC’s health advisory board. Health Ed Pros spent the 2018-2019 school year piloting the ‘Breathe’ curriculum, so it could be ready to be implemented throughout the State of Indiana for 2019-2021 grant cycle.

 

‘Breathe’ still promotes the same tobacco education message, but now provides Head Starts and similar organizations with free educational materials, such as flipcharts, parent handouts, and child/parent activity booklets, so staff members will have the right tools to be successful in helping their families stay smoke-free.

 

During this grant cycle, Health Ed Pros will 1) Provide training and technical assistance to the local TPC funded partners on Breathe 2) Provide training and technical assistance for Head Start (or similar) agencies covering counties NOT funded with a local community-based or minority-based grant 3) Assist in the development and continual improvement of Breathe tools 4) Serve as a liaison between TPC and Head Start and other state-level organization serving low income families.

SOME RECENT GRANT ACTIVITIES

• Completed tobacco education trainings for Head Starts across 11 counties in regards to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline and the Ask, Advise, Refer method to help support tobacco users who want to quit, while also teaching about secondhand smoke and how to work with parents to help protect their children.

• Helped the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission create and pilot ‘Breathe’, the newest tobacco cessation curriculum that will be utilized in Head Starts across the state during the new 2019 academic year.

• Conducted a full day training for all of Indiana’s tobacco county coordinators on how to implement the ‘Breathe’ curriculum in their community.

• Created an entire ‘Breathe’ curriculum website for tobacco county coordinators so they successfully meet their deliverables.

• Reviewed several Head Start agencies' tobacco policies and provided suggestions for strengthening them to protect more children and families.

• Send monthly informational newsletter emails with tips on how to live a smoke-free life to participating Head Start Centers.

•  Created and taught a child education curriculum at Head Starts for students ages 3-5 on the dangers of household poisons with an emphasis on tobacco products.

•  Attended multiple family orientated and public events across the state to educate the communities on the health and financial costs of using tobacco.

• Conducted store audits on tobacco products at local convenience stores and hookah shops.

•  Participated in Indy Do Day with our coalition partner, Smoke-Free Indy, to clean up downtown Indianapolis by collecting over 3 pounds of cigarette butts.

• Presented a research poster on the Getting a Head Start on Living Tobacco Free curriculum at the Indiana School Health Network conference.

• Stay tuned for more exciting activities planned throughout 2019!!

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT TOBACCO

  • Tobacco kills more than car accidents, aids, homicides, and alcohol combined, adding up to 480,000 deaths a year.
  • For every 8 smokers who die from using tobacco products, 1 non-smoker is killed by secondhand smoke.
  • Over 900 low birth weight babies in Indiana are born as a result of secondhand smoke.
  • 1 in 5 Hoosier adults (21.1%) were current smokers in 2016.
  • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the US.
  • E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among Hoosier youth.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General has stated that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless “water vapor”.
  • In 2016, 13.5% of pregnant women in Indiana smoked during their pregnancy.

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/.

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

National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.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

Tanya S. Shelburne, MPH, CHES

Consultant/Project Manager

Tanyas@HealthEdPros.org

317-902-4505

 Delyte Meardith, CHES

Consultant/Project Coordinator

Delytec@HealthEdPros.org

330-469-4007

Contact us

Phone: 317-439-3781 or 317-443-6582

5868 E 71st Street #E-317, Indianapolis, IN 46220

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