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 Start centers and similar organizations to provide tobacco education for their staff and families.

 

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke get sick more often, suffering from ear infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis, and pneumonia.  Sadly, more than 1,300 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.

Breathe: Healthy Steps to Living Tobacco Free

The “Breathe” 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.

 

“Breathe” provides Head Start centers and similar organizations with free training and free educational materials, such as flipcharts, parent handouts, parent/child activity booklets, and more, so staff members will have the right expertise and tools to be successful in helping their families become and stay tobacco-free.

Current Breathe Partners

Health Ed Pros is currently working with the following Head Start and Early Head Start Agencies:

  • Carey Services (Grant County)
  • Community Actions Program of Western Indiana (Benton, Warren, Fountain, Vermillion, Parke, Montgomery, and Boone Counties)
  • Community Development Institute (Hendricks, Morgan, and Owen Counties)
  • 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)
  • Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties)

More coming soon…

2021-2023 Grant Cycle

Health Ed Pros was awarded a third round of funding and granted $270,000 from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC) to continue promoting the “Breathe” curriculum across the state of Indiana to Head Start centers and similar partners.

 

The Health Ed Pros team continues to modify and improve “Breathe” trainings and associated materials, in partnership with McMillen Health, to make sure participating partners have relevant and useful educational resources. Health Ed Pros also provides training and technical assistance to local TPC funded partners on the “Breathe” program.

 

In unfunded counties with no tobacco cessation resources, Health Ed Pros strives to make marginalized and low income populations a priority and to educate them on the dangers of secondhand smoking and vaping, especially for children, and the benefits of a smoke-free environment.

 

Health Ed Pros also partners with United Way of Central Indiana and utilizes their online poverty simulation to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by low-income families and to facilitate discussions around effective tobacco control work in this population. Click here to complete the poverty simulation:

 

https://uwci.formstack.com/forms/breaking_the_cycle_health_ed_pros_8_18_21

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT TOBACCO

  • Tobacco kills 480,000 Americans every year; more than car accidents, aids, homicides, and alcohol combined.
  • 19.2% of Hoosiers use tobacco as of 2020.
  • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the US.
  • In 2020, 11.8% of pregnant women in Indiana smoked during their pregnancy.
  • Tobacco use during pregnancy can cause pre-term labor, miscarriage, low birthweight, and so much more.
  • Even those who don’t smoke are at risk of health effects from secondhand smoke and 1,300 Hoosiers die each year from OTHERS smoking
  • Thirdhand smoke includes the chemicals and toxins in smoke that settle on all surfaces and linger even after the person stops smoking or leaves the room/car. Thirdhand smoke is dangerous to everyone, especially infants and children.
  • E-cigarettes are the most commonly used nicotine product among Hoosier youth.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General declared e-cigarette usage by minors an epidemic as vaping has become the biggest increase in youth substance abuse EVER recorded.
  • E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor” and using e-cigarette is NOT a proven cessation strategy.
  • Hoosiers interested in quitting can call the Indiana Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for FREE assistance that is available 24/7.

TOBACCO CONTROL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Learn more about Indiana tobacco control efforts at: https://www.in.gov/health/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: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/about/how-we-work/programmes/tobacco-free-initiative

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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