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PRCHN seminar: “Tobacco use in Ohio: Opportunities for policy, systems change, and research”

Amy Bush Stevens, vice president of prevention and public health policy at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), will discuss tobacco use in Ohio at the next Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods seminar.

She will present “Tobacco use in Ohio: Opportunities for policy, systems change, and research” Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the ground-floor conference room of the BioEnterprise Building.

 During her talk, she will examine the current status of tobacco use in Ohio and how the state performs on several tobacco-related measures on the 2017 Health Value Dashboard, a state ranking report. Stevens also will discuss the extent to which Ohio is currently implementing evidence-based prevention and cessation strategies, and highlight emerging opportunities for policy, health care system change and research.

At HPIO, Stevens works closely with Ohio’s public health community. She co-led development of the 2017-19 State Health Improvement Plan and has authored several publications at HPIO, such as Ohio Public Health Basics, Ohio Prevention Basics and more. She is the co-leader of HPIO’s Health Value Dashboard initiative and also serves as institute’s evaluation coordinator.

Throughout her career, Stevens has focused on community-based prevention, including the prevention of intimate partner violence, tobacco use, obesity, teen pregnancy, child maltreatment, and youth drug and alcohol use. She also has experience assessing the implications of federal and state-level policy changes on the local public health and behavioral health systems, including impacts of the Affordable Care Act.

Parking is available at the event and a light lunch is served.

The PRCHN seminar series takes place on the second Wednesday of each month.