Mission, Vision & Scope of Work Statement
Future Builders proposes a work plan that has a vision of creating programs that are comprehensive in nature, including treatment facilities, community organizations, and youth programs in the target area of Pulaski, Jefferson, Faulkner, Saline, Garland counties. The work plan proposed by Future Builders will document local progress in adopting policies to increase tobacco control in public health and continuing assessment opportunities. Treatment facilities, community-based organizations and businesses will take community actions that should lead to the adoption of policies that will encourage tobacco cessation. Voluntary policies that include creating tobacco-free work sites, addressing nicotine dependency of pregnant women and identifying nicotine dependency of clients enrolled in drug abuse treatment facilities. The objectives of this work plan are tobacco-free worksites, improved intake polices at abuse treatment facilities, and tobacco training to community based organizations that provide services to pregnant young adults. Activities are planned to help design and target the following intervention areas:
· Preventing initiation among youth and young adults;
· Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke;
· Promoting quitting among adults and youth; and
· Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
Future Builders working with partnering organizations and businesses in the target communities will conduct data collection activities reflecting assessment of current tobacco prevention programs or the lack of in treatment facilities, workplaces, and community based organizations. These activities will help establish baseline data and help create voluntary policies and within businesses, community-based organizations and treatment facilities by accessing nicotine dependent clients and providing tobacco training and encouraging changes intake policies to help improve public health. In addition, employers, substance abuse clients, young adults and pregnant women will be targeted to receive tobacco training, which is design to lead to tobacco cessation.
Activities in the work plan will be closely aligned with the programs and services of the partnering organizations as a means of encouraging the sustainability and continuation of these tobacco related trainings, assessments, and policy changes. Data collection and community assessment will be design to conform to the programmatic focus of partnering organizations and measure the impact of tobacco prevention and cessation activities. Each intervention area will be addressed as follows:
Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
The work plan proposes to educate employers on the advantages of tobacco-free work places. The outcome of these activities is to give employers the managerial will to adopt voluntary policies related to tobacco-free worksites and tobacco-free hiring. These policies will improve public health by reducing second hand smoke and increase employee productivity.
The work plan proposes utilize social media promotions to support current state-wide tobacco educations activities. The outcome of these activities is to increase the exposure of young adults to the state-wide efforts of the Stamp-Out-Smoking Campaign.
The work plan proposes activities to collaborate with community based to encourage the implementation of tobacco control policies at the workplace, and treatment facilities to improve public health. The outcome of these activities is that employers will adopt tobacco-free work place policies, tobacco hiring policies and intake policies that identify nicotine dependency. In addition, tobacco education will be provided to employers and staff members.
Identifying and Eliminating Disparities
The work plan proposes activities include conducting tobacco related activities in partnership with community based organizations. These activities include nicotine dependency assessments and tobacco education. The outcome of these activities is to reduce smoking among pregnant women.
Promoting Quitting Among Adults and Youth (Cessation)
The work plan proposes activities that encourage young Hispanic smokers to call the tobacco Quit line. The outcome of these activities is that Hispanic youth will submit fax referral forms and call the quit line as means of receiving tobacco cessation services. In addition, these identified smokers will receive crucial information on the dangers of tobacco and tobacco products.
Tobacco Preventnion and Cessation - ADH is funded with a grant from the Arkansas Department of Health.