March 30, 2020 - 12:00pm ET


Moderator: Kathleen Middleton, MS, MCHES® 

Perceptions and Practices of Local Health Officers/Commissioners Regarding Tobacco 21 Policy Advocacy
Erica Payton, PhD, MPH 

Cluster Analysis of County Commissioners’ Perceptions of Local Level Firearm Violence Interventions
Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES®, Daryn Papenfuse, MPH and Ruben Juarez, BS 

Learning Objectives: 

1) Describe the practices and opinions of local health officials regarding advocacy efforts towards achieving Tobacco 21 policies in their states and communities. 

2) State two ways in which local health officials can increase their knowledge and actions with Tobacco 21 policies advocacy. 

3) Summarize why local health officials need to be at the forefront of Tobacco 21 and other advocacy efforts. 

4) Identify differences in perceptions of and support of local level firearm violence interventions among subgroups of Norther Carolina County Commissioners.

Kathleen Middleton, MS, MCHES

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES®

Director, Public Health Program and Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Indianapolis

I have a Ph.D. in health promotion and disease prevention from Purdue University and have practiced in the field for more than 20 years. She has been a university faculty member and researcher for approximately 15 years, the last 12 of those at the University of Indianapolis. Her areas of expertise include health policy and advocacy, program evaluation, and evidence-based health promotion. She teaches courses including Health Policy and Advocacy; Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation; and Leadership in Public Health. She currently serves as the director of the Public Health Program at the University of Indianapolis. Heidi provides professional service as the Board Trustee for Advocacy & Resolutions for SOPHE, serves on the SOPHE Advocacy Committee, is a member of the Top 10 Steering Committee, and previously served as the director of InSOPHE Advocacy for two terms.

Daryn Papenfuse, MPH

Contractor, Mary Kushion Consulting

Ruben Juarez, BS

Erica Payton

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I am a practitioner and scholar in public health education and violence prevention. I have published 8 articles in peer reviewed journals on the topic of gun violence and I have presented my findings at national health conferences including the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

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