Program Name: ARRA-Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Tobacco

Contact: Robert Kingham, HHSD Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (Email)

Federal Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Grant Name: Category B Communities Putting Prevention to Work-ARRA

Award Amount: $7,473,150

Type of Award: Competitive

Programs Supported: Tobacco Use Reduction

Program Description

The department was awarded $7,473,150 to help communities reduce tobacco use prevalence and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. The CPPW focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

This CPPW initiative will address tobacco use/exposure with the anticipated long term goals of:

  • 10% decrease in adult smoking prevalence, preventing tobacco-related death in 1/3 of these adults.
  • 40% decrease in the percentage of adult non-smokers exposed regularly to secondhand smoke.
  • 25% decrease in youth smoking prevalence (up to age 18), preventing tobacco-related death in 1/3 of these youth.
  • 30% decrease in the percentage of youth (ages 2-18) exposed regularly to secondhand smoke.

In order to address the selected risk factors, the department will implement population-based approaches including policy, systems, and environmental changes across 5 evidence-based MAPPS strategies –Media, Access, Point of decision information, Price and, Social support services – such that the entire jurisdiction of the health department area is impacted.

 Target Populations: The target population includes all age groups in Austin and Travis County. Specific interventions will target populations with a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases/conditions, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, low-income persons, the medically under-served, persons with disabilities, persons affected by mental illness, and persons affected by substance abuse.

This project is complete.

Through the work of CPPW and key partners across the community, 40 policies have been adopted impacting 3,409,377 Austin residents, Travis County residents, and visitors. Tobacco-free or smoke-free policies have been implemented at all City of Austin Parks and Recreation parks and facilities; on Capital Metro bus stops, train stations, and park & rides; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College and The University of Texas; Austin Travis County Integral Care; Austin Recovery; African American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation; Abundant Rain Christian Fellowship and many other businesses and worksites. Additionally, HHSD along with the City of Austin Public Library have implemented a tobacco-free campus policy and other city departments are considering.  HHSD partnered with Central Health and Seton Family of Hospitals to implement  clinical systems changes to assess for tobacco use and refer to cessation services.  Support for tobacco users seeking to quit has been provided by Seton Family of Hospitals through the Cessation Resource Center.  Finally, the Live Tobacco Free Austin media campaign provided on-going awareness regarding the dangers of tobacco use and promoted cessation services.  Grant efforts achieved state level impact through collaboration with the Texas State Comptroller to redesign the required signage at all tobacco point of sale locations throughout the state.

Job Creation: This project will create nine full time positions within the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department. Estimated full-time positions created through agencies external to COAHHSD is 13. Note that positions external to COAHHSD are subject to change and may increase or decrease depending on program needs.