Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition statewide meeting Thursday

KHI News Service-

TOPEKA — The annual statewide meeting of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka .

Linda DeCoursey, director of the coalition, said the group’s primary goals for the coming year would be media and communications initiatives, youth and community initiatives, and helping Kansans quit using tobacco. She said for the first time the coalition has a full-time staff member, Misty Jimerson, dedicated to the goals. Jimerson will serve as the group’s regional grants outreach coordinator.

Here is the agenda for meeting:

  • 10:00 a.m. — Coalition business.
  • 11:00 a.m. — Affordable Care Act and Cessation Benefits by Cindy Hermes, Kansas Insurance Department Director of Public Outreach.
  • 11:30 a.m. — Kansas Department of Health and Environment Update by Paula Clayton, Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion.
  • 12:00 p.m. — Lunch, Screening of winning films from Unfiltered Kansas, a campaign aimed at college students.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Coalition Regional Presentation by Daniel Craig of the Central Kansas Foundation and Kim Neufeld, health educator at the Sedgwick County Health Department.
  • 1:00 p.m. — Legislative update by Kevin Walker of the American Heart Association and Rep. Annie Kuether, a Topeka Democrat.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Presentation on the Smoke-Free Housing Initiative of Wichita.

DeCoursey said about a third of the coalition’s 150 members from around the state were likely to attend and that members of the public interested in tobacco control also were welcome.

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