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Break Free Alliance

Underserved populations suffer the most from tobacco-related disease and death.

NNTPP and Break Free Alliance (2000-2014)

Funded by CDC, Office on Smoking and Health, the National Network on Tobacco Prevention and Poverty (NNTPP) focused on reducing the burden of tobacco use in low SES populations. The name of NNTPP changed in 2008 to Break Free Alliance. Under NNTPP, HEC worked to increase awareness about tobacco use rates in low socioeconomic status populations (SES) including the incarcerated, homeless and those in substance abuse treatment.

HEC developed 3 tobacco cessation curricula
1. Tobacco Cessation for Correctional Populations: A Health Education Manual
2. Tobacco Cessation for Christian-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
3. Tobacco Cessation for Rural Alaskans

HEC also developed 2 case studies and a focus group report
1. Case Study: Integrating Tobacco Control into The Salvation Army’s Substance Abuse Training Curriculum
2. Case Study: Tobacco Policy, Cessation, and Education in Correctional Facilities
3. Focus Group: Smoking Habits and Prevention Strategies in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations

NNTPP was changed to Break Free Alliance because it was a shorter and easier name. As Break Free Alliance, HEC’s national network efforts were expanded to include the convening of 4 national “Promising Practices” conferences, state- specific technical assistance and additional resources, webinars and a social media platform. The Alliance has also built a network of approximately 500 formal partner organizations from across the country who participate in formal workgroups, on committees and assist with planning the biennial conference.

Materials include
• Addressing Tobacco Use Among Pregnant Women in WV: Convened May 22, 2013 in Charleston, West Virginia.
• How to Better Help Your Homeless Clients Quit Tobacco: Recommendations for State Tobacco Programs and Health Care Delivery Systems.
• Recommendations for a National Strategy to Address Dual Tobacco Use.
• Addressing Dual Tobacco Use in West Virginia: Report and Recommendations of the Expert Panel. Convened December 13, 2011 in Charleston, West Virginia.
• Tobacco Taxes and Their Impact on Populations of Low Socioeconomic Status
• Briefing Paper: Recommendations for Addressing Tobacco use in Correctional Facilities through Policy and Cessation Programming
• Addressing Tobacco Use in Homeless Populations, Recommendations of the Expert Panel
• Break Free Alliance Policy Statement on SNUS
• Report: Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations: Prevalence, Health Impact, Challenges and Recommendations.
• Fact Sheets: The Impact of Cancer on Diverse Communities in California. This includes 4 fact sheets for women in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

Under both NAATEN and Break Free Alliance, four biennial conferences were convened
• 2008: Promising Practices from the Field: Tobacco Control Strategies for Priority Populations
• 2010: Promising Practices: Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control
• 2012: Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco Related Disparities: The Power of Communities
• 2014: Promising Strategies to Promote Tobacco-Free Active Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations

Key Staff: Sabrina Kelly, Sonia Lewis, Janet Porter, LeeAnn Quirk, Kerry Brown, Dawn Nozika, Lisa Houston, Kristi Maryman and Kim Westrick.

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