Tobacco Free Rhode Island is network of over 110 organizational partners. Structurally, TFRI works to address the emerging needs of our partners, as well as all Rhode Islanders. We do so through the Policy and Cessation workgroups and our Steering Committee.



Steering Committee:

  • The TFRI Steering Committee is made up of representation from each of our workgroups as well as State Agencies tasked with Tobacco Control work. The overarching goal of this group is to focus on the sustainability of TFRI, to ensure each workgroup communicates with each other, and to coordinate the direction of the overall network. Meet the committee here!
  • Steering Committee
    • TFRI Director: Jennifer Wall
    • TFRI Community Engagement: Zoe Moreau
    • American Lung Association Liaison: Daniel Fitzgerald, MPH, ICPS
    • RI Department of Health: Kirsten Skelly, MPA (Tobacco Control Program Director), Jillian Angell (TFRI Contract Manager), Heidi Hartzell (Policy and Partnerships Specialist)
    • RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare: Maureen Mulligan, MS (FDA and Synar Programs)
    • Policy Workgroup Co-Chairs
      • Kristen Westmoreland, MD, MPH (BAY Team / East Bay Regional Prevention Coalition)
      • Megan Tucker (American Heart Association)
    • Cessation Workgroup Co-Chairs
      • Carolyn James (CODAC Behavioral Healthcare)
      • Angela Butler, BIS, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C, NCTTP (COPD Health Advocate, RI and Miriam Hospital)
    • Youth Representative
      • Sean Palumbo (Bristol Prevention Coalition)
  • Meeting Schedule
    • October 10, 2023 – 2:00–3:30pm
    • November 28, 2023 – 2:00–3:30pm
    • January 16, 2024 – 2:00–3:30pm
    • April 23, 2024 – 2:00–3:30pm




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.
  • Meeting Schedule
    • October 18, 2023, 1-2:30pm
    • December 6, 2023, 1-2:30pm
    • February 6, 2024, 1-2:30pm
    • May 8, 2024, 1-2:30pm
  • Click here to join a workgroup!




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, and more. This workgroup is tasked with providing community input into the mapping of treatment resources and the creation of a treatment referral network.
  • Meeting Schedule
    • December 11, 2023, 2-3:30pm
    • February 13, 2024, 2:30-4pm
    • March 27, 2024, 2:30-4pm
    • June 13, 2024, 2:30-4pm
  • Click here to join a workgroup!


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