OUR STRUCTURE

 

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)
      • Bayley Diorio (West Warwick SADD)
      • Hanna Bill (Chariho Youth Task Force)
      • Kennedy Chartier (Woonsocket ATI)

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:
    • Local Tobacco Retail Licenses & Point of Sale Restrictions
    • Tobacco Sale Age (movement from 18 to 21)
    • Tobacco Control Program Funding including Cessation
    • Smoke-free Workplaces (indoor and outdoor)
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting: To be determined

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: To be determined

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: January  8, 2018 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Barrington Town Hall

Youth Advisory Board:

  • The TFRI Youth Advisory Board is made up of High School students representing 10+ communities across RI. Throughout the year they provide youth input, plan and implement a youth tobacco conference, and influence the work of TFRI as a whole. Each summer TFRI sends up to 10 students to the Youth To Youth Eastern States Conference in July. Reach out to Daniel.Fitzgerald@Lung.org if you are interesting in joining the TFRI Youth Advisory Board.

 

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