Tag Archives: Relationship Building

Supporting Our Partners

On an early Sunday morning, a few weeks ago as I was going around and around a dark high school track. I had some time to reflect. I was participating, along with the rest of Team Smoke Enders, in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, in the city of Campbell. If you’ve never participated in a Relay, it is truly an amazing event, bringing together survivors, caregivers and others who want to end cancer.

And that is a mission all of us in tobacco control can get behind. In fact, Team Smoke Enders, led by Bob Lorilla with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, is a team comprised of public health staff and tobacco control coalition members. While walking around the track I was thinking about how great an opportunity this was for tobacco control coalition to support an important member of our coalition – the American Cancer Society. And the same goes for the American Lung Association (which hosts Lung Force events around the state) and the American Heart Association (which has a Heart Walk). Read More »

Our Favorite Moments of I&E Days 2014!

Every year, I&E Days allows tobacco prevention and public health individuals from all over California to come together at the State Capitol to educate their legislators on local and statewide tobacco issues. There were many highlights this year, however, we want to point out a single few favorite moments. Feel free to tell us your favorite part of I&E Days 2014 in the comment section below!

This is the 10th I&E Days I have attended. But it was my first year participating from behind the scenes and helping to plan the event. I had an opportunity to see how it is that all participants get assigned to their meetings, I even had an opportunity to help with assigning many of the participants as team leaders.

I have to admit it was a big change for me not to prepare to meet with my legislators this year, but I really enjoyed helping participants get ready for
their meetings. But my favorite part of this I&E Days was interacting with participants from across the State of California. Usually, I only interact with the LA folks, so it was great to meet so many people and to feel the great energy and enthusiasm that everyone brought to this year’s I&E Days. Looking forward to next year!

– Marlene Gomez

It’s always difficult for me to pick a favorite part of our Capitol I&E Days event because everything, really, is so much fun. From watching the newcomers learn and experience meetings for the first time, to networking with colleagues at the Meet and Greet, to hearing about the legislative visits, it’s a great experience from start to finish. But, I suppose if I have to pick, my favorite part of I&E Days was hearing Assembly Member Dr. Pan speak. Read More »

Youth Succeed to Reconvene National City Smokefree Housing Taskforce after 13 Month Hiatus

Guest Blogger – Ofelia Alvarado, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in California, San Diego

For two years (2008-2010), the American Lung Association in California staff worked intensely on outreach and education, providing trainings and a forum for National City community members and elected officials on drifting secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing. However, it was difficult for community members to be actively involved because of family obligations and lack of time. A few made public comments, but the idea of smokefree housing was a new frontier, and public officials’ reaction was cautionary.

We made a presentation at a neighborhood meeting which the Mayor attended. The clamor by attendees to do something obligated the Mayor to form the Smokefree Housing Taskforce in January 2010. It met sporadically for 2 years but unfortunately, without continued community pressure, the issue waned and action was stalled by the taskforce.

In 2009, youth advocates from the local high school led the effort to successfully pass a smokefree outdoor dining ordinance in National City. Could this same strategy work to have the taskforce reconvene? Read More »

State of Tobacco Control

This is my second year working on the American Lung Association in California’s State of Tobacco Control – California Local Grades report. This report is released in coordination with the national SOTC report which grades all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Government on their tobacco control policies.

Last year, when we began the process in September to grade local city and county tobacco control policies for the California report, I was surprised at how early in the year we started. But in order to ensure that policies are graded accurately and that we can capture all new policies, this timeline is important.

Although it might seem like this year’s report is a long ways away, the truth is that Lung Association staff are already busy at work grading all the policies that have passed this year. One thing that stands out to me from last year is the great way the entire team comes together to make this report the huge success that it is. Read More »

ABC’s of Marlene Gomez

We have a new team member! Marlene Gomez comes to us from SAFE and will be helping with our work in Los Angeles. Welcome, Marlene!

A is for Area Code: 310

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Strawberry Protein Shake with almond milk

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Helping others

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes, I have a 3 year old Golden Retriever

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Hear music really loud and start dancing

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Watch movies either at home or the movie theatre

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? My daughter-She is awesome

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? Born in Los Angeles, but both parents are from Mexico

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I love to sing karaoke

J is for Job Title. What is yours? Advocacy Manager

K is for Kids. Do you have any? Yes, I have a 12 year old daughter Read More »