B2: Harnessing the Power of Local Coalitions for Effective Tobacco Control
Interact for Health is a local foundation whose organizational mission is to improve health outcomes in SW Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and SE Indiana by promoting health equity through community engagement, grants, research, education, and policy. This workshop will teach participants about the process of local policy action, how to identify potential challenges, and the need for collaborative partnerships from interdisciplinary health organizations to effectively enact policy, address social norms, and strengthen community relationships.
•Describe at least one way that effective multi-stakeholder coalitions can increase support and capacity for local tobacco advocacy and policy change.
Wendy Hyde, MEd, CHES®
Baldwin Wallace University
Wendy is the Ohio Regional Director for The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, Tobacco 21 and an Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace University. Wendy holds a Multi Age (P-12) Ohio Health Educator License and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Ms. Hyde, has actively worked on many of the Tobacco 21 policies throughout Ohio providing health departments with education programs and training materials. She has also worked on smoke-free campus campaigns and youth-led advocacy initiatives. As an active participant in health promotion associations throughout the state including the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance and Ohio SOPHE she has been a keynote speaker and plenary presenter at professional development conferences statewide.
Lauren A Bartoszek, PhD, MCHES
Population Health, The Health Collaborative
Lauren Bartoszek, Assistant Director, Population Health at The Health Collaborative, helps lead multi-sector, multi-stakeholder strategic partnerships that center equity and focus on addressing the social determinants of health in the Greater Cincinnati region. Lauren graduated from University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Health Education and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). She is a member of the ASAP Norwood (a community substance abuse coalition), the steering committee for Xavier University’s Center for Population Health, and on the board for Centerpoint Health. In her free time, Lauren teaches fitness at Barre3 Mariemont, enjoys visiting new restaurants with her husband and hanging out with daughter.
Senior Program Officer
Interact for Health
Megan Folkerth coordinates Interact for Health’s efforts to reduce tobacco use with a strong focus on tobacco control policy. Megan oversees grant making and technical assistance, including designing and implementing new initiatives with community partners to decrease the health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. In 2013 Megan received the Legacy Next Generation Leader Award for Community and Social Services and in 2012 she was a Balderson Leadership Project Award Runner-Up. Megan holds a Master of Public Health in health promotion and education from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Marietta College. She also earned a certificate of public health leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Megan is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the Ohio Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education. Megan represents Interact for Health on the Cradle Cincinnati Advisory Board and serves as an advisor to the Tri-State
Chelsey Hughes, MS, CHES® (Moderator)
Project Manager, Grants
Society for Public Health Education
Chelsey Hughes, MS, CHES® is the Project Manager, Grants at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science in Health Promotion from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She brings several years of experience in school health, health education, and health promotion as she has authored and co-authored health education and promotion programs focused on health, wellness, and nutrition for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. Hughes oversees the CDC Healthy Schools cooperative agreements as well as several internal committees at SOPHE; SOPHE Awards, Professional Preparation Committee, and the Student Health Edu-Thon Subcommittee.