UW-CTRI Staff Present at Conference Focused on Vulnerable Populations
UW-CTRI staff presented 5 posters at the National Conference on Tackling Tobacco Use in Vulnerable Populations in Bethesda, Maryland.
UW-CTRI Outreach Specialist Allison Gorrilla presented 2 posters on her work with the Wisconsin American Lung Association and the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance. UW-CTRI Researcher Dr. Bruce Christiansen presented 3 posters on helping behavioral health patients quit tobacco use.
Gorrilla’s first poster, “Benefits of Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing,” shared results from the work of ALA's smoke-free housing initiative, Clear Gains. Clear Gains aims to protect vulnerable populations from the adverse effects of secondhand smoke by promoting smoke-free multi-unit housing and assisting multi-unit housing owners and managers.
“I have partnered with Deborah Grayson, Program Manager of Clear Gains to educate multi-unit housing owners and managers on how tobacco-use and secondhand smoke disproportionately impacts the health of multi-unit housing residents, who often are low-income and suffer from co-morbid mental health or other substance-use disorders,” Gorrilla said. “Additionally, I provided information on the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line as a cessation resource for residents once a smoke-free policy is in place.”
Her second poster, “Opening the Doors to LGBTQ+ Tobacco Prevention in Milwaukee: A Community Readiness Assessment,” presented the work of City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance's LGBTQ+ Tobacco Workgroup. The workgroup consists of TPCP partners and organizations serving the Milwaukee LGBTQ+ population.
“The goal of the Community Readiness Assessment was to learn how to best engage the LGBTQ+ community to address the disproportionately high rates of tobacco use in their community,” Gorrilla said. “The results of the assessment showed the LGBTQ+ community in Milwaukee has little to no awareness of the tobacco-use disparity in their community, and does not see tobacco use as a high-priority health issue.” Gorrilla said next steps are to implement strategies appropriate to this level of readiness: Build overall awareness of the issue through media, create useful messaging/literature, and meet with community stakeholders to build a network to reduce this disparity through targeted community efforts.
Christiansen presented 3 posters featuring his work on helping patients with behavioral health issues to quit tobacco use, including: