CAN I SAY WOW!
There has been so much great information shared at this conference. One of the sessions that I went to talked about MPOWER. This is another common term that is tossed around … like MAPPS this is another acronym that has been identified as a key strategy for our work… Older than MAPPS but still a commonly used acronym for our work…
Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
Protect people from tobacco smoke
Offer help to quit tobacco use
Warn about the dangers of tobacco use
Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and Sponsorship
Raise taxes on tobacco
The presentation addressed Local Responsibility and noted local governments have a statutory responsibility to address tobacco use as a dominant threat to the health of their communities, especially among vulnerable populations such as:
- Those experiencing tobacco-related disparities
- Persons with lower levels of education
- People with substance abuse issues
With that being said I wanted to share some points that focused on Aligning MPOWER policies and local public health accreditation domains
1. Monitor health status and understand health issues facing the community.
●● Local surveillance and analysis of tobacco use prevalence.
2. Protect people from health problems and health hazards.
●● Educate and inform decision-makers about the research on comprehensive clean indoor air legislation and enforce it when implemented.
3. Give people information they need to make healthy choices.
●● Use paid and earned media to educate and inform regarding the dangers of secondhand smoke, especially for children, lactating mothers, and people with compromised cardiac or respiratory health.
4. Engage the community to identify and solve health problems.
●● Develop or support community partnerships to address tobacco use.
5. Develop public health policies and plans.
●● Work with community partners to develop a county plan to address tobacco use including the adoption of evidence-based policies such as expanding smoking restrictions.
6. Enforce public health laws and regulations.
●● Conduct enforcement procedures with tobacco retailers to reduce unlawful tobacco sales to minors.
7. Help people receive health services.
●● Provide training and coordination among all healthcare providers in the county to promote brief cessation interventions and referrals.
8. Maintain a competent public health workforce.
●● Support the attendance of LHD staff at state and national tobacco control conferences and trainings.
9. Evaluate and improve programs and interventions.
●● Ensure that each tobacco control component is being evaluated and is helping the overall program achieve its goals and objectives.
10. Contribute to and apply the evidence base of public health.
●● Publish the results of local tobacco-related surveillance and program evaluation in peer-reviewed journals.
These are some of the main points I wanted to share with you all to digest at the moment hope I did not throw too much at you…