The Center for Public Health Practice has been awarded funding to support local public health agencies and other community-based grantees funded by Colorado’s Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Grant Program.

Revenues from Amendment 35, Colorado’s tobacco tax, were recently restored for tobacco control and other public health program and policy efforts after three years of state budget shortfalls. Center staff will work with CDPHE to rebuild the capacity of the public health workforce to implement focused, evidence-based, and innovative tobacco control strategies across Colorado. 

Highlights of the Center’s work in the first year of funding will include:

  • Developing online introductory training modules
  • Providing the Directors of Health Promotion and Education’s (DHPE) Shaping Policy for HealthTM training regionally 
  • Supporting grantees in coalition development, youth development, and community-level systems change
According to the CDC, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of 
  • Coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
  • Stroke by 2 to 4 times
  • Men developing lung cancer by 23 times
  • Women developing lung cancer by 13 times
  • Dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases by 12 to 13 times

The Center's staff have extensive experience with tobacco and cancer prevention and control initiatives, public health state and local policies and programs, and efforts to reduce health disparities. The Center looks forward to supporting public health partners across the state in their efforts to make Coloradoans healthier by significantly reducing the disease and death caused by the use of tobacco. 

For more information, contact:

Sally Casey
sally.casey@ucdenver.edu – Training and Online Module Development

Janna West Kowalski
janna.kowalski@ucdenver.edu - Shaping Policy for Health trainings

Erin Seedorf
erin.seedorf@ucdenver.edu – Technical Assistance