Tobacco Free Rhode Island is made up of over 70+ organizational partners. Structurally, TFRI works to address the emerging needs of our partners, youth, and Rhode Islanders as a whole through three core Workgroups, a Steering Committee, as well as a Youth Advisory Board. Check out each group to learn more!


Steering Committee:

  • The TFRI Steering Committee will be made up of representation of State Agencies tasked with Tobacco Control work, representation from TFRI workgroups, and the Youth Advisory Board. The overarching goal of this group is to focus on the sustainability of TFRI, to ensure each workgroup communicated with each other, and to coordinate the direction of the overall network. Initiation and endorsement of this structure occurred at the November 2017 Annual Network Meeting.
  • Steering Committee
    • TFRI Network Coordinator: Daniel Fitzgerald, MPH, ICPS
    • TFRI Chairperson: Patricia Nolan, MD, MPH (Brown University)
    • RI Department of Health: Erin Boles-Welsh, M.S.W. (Tobacco Control Program)
    • RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare: Maureen Mulligan, MS (FDA and Synar Program)
    • Strategic Development Workgroup Co-Chairs
      • Astrid Meijer, M.Ed, APS (Unified Insight Healing & Consulting)
      • Shannon Spurlock, MA (JSI / RI Prevention Resource Center)
    • Policy Workgroup Co-Chairs
      • Kristen Westmorland, MD, MPH (BAY Team / East Bay Regional Prevention Coalition)
      • Megan Tucker (American Heart Association)
    • Cessation Workgroup Co-Chairs
      • Kathy Yeager, CPS (North Kingstown Prevention Coalition)
      • Carolyn James (CODAC Behavioral Healthcare)
    • Youth Advisory Board Representatives
      • Zoe Moreau (West Warwick SADD)
      • Kennedy Chartier (Woonsocket ATI)
    • Meeting Minutes




Policy Workgroup:

  • This workgroup is tasked with assessing policy gaps and prioritizing policy priority areas for the Network. Upon creating policy priorities, the workgroup works to determine where TFRI should focus resources.
  • Having policy priority areas is not to be confused with having a policy agenda. TFRI will focus on providing educational resources to partners around the topics deemed a priority by this workgroup.
  • 2017 – 2018 Policy Priorities:
    • Tobacco 21
      ~ Increase the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21 at the state level including the sale
      of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.
    • Smoke-free Schools – Enforcement Policy
      ~ Ensure implementation of the state law that prohibits the use and possession
      of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products in schools.
    • Tobacco-Free Colleges
      ~ Increase the number of tobacco-free college campuses in Rhode Island and serve
      as a connector to campuses and other external resources available.
    • Increase Tobacco Control Program Funding
      ~ Allocate 2.5% of Tobacco Tax Revenue to the Tobacco Control Program.
      Funding will be used for; but not limited to, education, prevention programming
      and to fund cessation services.
    • Local Tobacco Retail License
      ~ Help RI communities maintain and sustain current RI Model Tobacco Policy that prohibits tobacco product discounting and limits flavored tobacco products because of their low cost and appeal to youth.
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting: Contact Daniel.Fitzgerald@lung.org to be added to the workgroup email list!




Cessation Workgroup:

  • The TFRI Cessation Workgroup works alongside the Rhode Island Cessation Council to address tobacco treatment needs. This workgroup is comprised of a vast representation of tobacco control partners including but not limited to tobacco treatment specialists, prevention coalitions coordinators, medical directors, etc. This workgroup is tasked with providing community input into the mapping of treatment resources and the creation of a treatment referral network.
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting: Contact Daniel.Fitzgerald@lung.org to be added to the workgroup email list!




Strategic Development Workgroup

Strategic Development Workgroup:

  • This workgroup, formally known as the Organizational Structure and Purpose Workgroup, was first tasked with discussing the past, present, and future purpose and utility of TFRI. Then to design a structure to best match the intended purpose and utility of the network. This workgroup worked to launch a steering committee consisting of network partners to fit the needs of the network. From there the workgroup switched focus to:
    • Forecasting – Looking forward
    • Identifying gaps and opportunities
    • Education and outreach
    • Assessment of funding opportunities
    • Advocating for data collection
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting:  Contact Daniel.Fitzgerald@lung.org to be added to the workgroup email list!




Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board:

  • The TFRI Youth Advisory Board is made up of High School students representing communities across RI. Throughout the year they provide input, plan and implement a statewide event of their choosing, and influence the work of TFRI as a whole. Each summer TFRI sends students to the Youth To Youth Eastern States Conference in July as a way to launch the next cohort of the Youth Advisory Board. Reach out to Daniel.Fitzgerald@Lung.org if you are interesting in joining the TFRI Youth Advisory Board.
  • Meet the 2018 – 2019 Cohort
    • Ben Flynn - Warren
    • Caleb Lee - Johnston
    • Caroline Parente - South Kingstown
    • Da-Naijah Gibbs - Central Falls
    • Ella Philippi - South Kingstown
    • Ellen Laplante - South Kingstown
    • Ellie Beck - South Kingstown
    • George Piper - Warren
    • Hanna Bill - Hopkinton
    • Hannah Conlon - Narragansett
    • Izzy Bullier - Warwick
    • Julianna Cassata - Bristol
    • Kelsi Conlon - South Kingstown
    • Lindsy Duarte - Pawtucket
    • Maximus Gray - Middletown
    • Paige Tomasso - West Warwick
    • Rachel Kerr - Middletown
    • Sarah Felicetti - Hopkinton
    • Sarah Monahan - Johnston
    • Sean Palumbo - Bristol
    • Zoe Moreau - West Warwick


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