by Network Member Bill Snook
Reporting on the 2012 NCTOH Core Planning Committee
As part of the core planning group tasked with providing input into new and emerging issues in each program area for the upcoming 2012 National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH), we have had a ton of interesting discussions and suggestions to make the Kansas City conference rock. Whether it is in new communication tools, emerging tobacco products and the state of tobacco control funding, the core planners are keeping you, the potential attendee, in mind. If you don’t know, NCTOH’s aim is to help improve and sustain the effectiveness and reach of tobacco control programs and activities in the U.S.
Rest assured, Scout and I have been doing our best to raise LGBT issues throughout the 12 tracks not
just in the disparity and diversity focused track. (Scout and I were invited for the select Steering Committee of this committee.) It’s a small committee so we’re thrilled to be representing the LGBT communities in the planning of this important conference. We’ve put out questions for input to the Network discussion listserv for how to best represent LGBT communities. We are just about to go back into the intense brainstorming session. Wanted to let you know that we are including the full spectrum of LGBT issues in our discussions! But if you’d like to share concerns or ideas toss them out!
Peace out. Bill.