Kelly Hill, MEd, MTS is a Smoke-Free Initiatives Program Manager at Columbus Public Health, where she works with community members and public health professionals to reduce the smoking in housing, worksites, and outdoor spaces. Prior to working at Columbus Public Health, she worked at Asian American Community Services, were she developed a Healthy Relationships curriculum and provided family support service to individuals in crisis. She has also worked as a legislative research analyst at the Tennessee Office of Research and Education Accountability, and as the chapter chair for the Nashville chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Kelly is a founding member of the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership, a grassroots community group that focuses on women’s empowerment, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ inclusion, and mental health advocacy in the AAPI community. She received her Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University with a focus in international education policy, and Masters of Theological Studies from Boston University with a focus in religion and conflict transformation.
Presentation: Creating Tobacco Free Initiatives for LGBTQ Communities
Time: Breakout Session 1
The LGBTQ community faces a 68% higher rate of tobacco use than the general population. For years, tobacco companies have directly targeted the LGBTQ community through advertising. This higher rate of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community has led to significant physical health disparities. A number of public health campaigns and interventions have been launched to address this crisis. Participants in this workshop will discuss the reasons behind LGBTQ tobacco use rates, recent examples of public health campaigns and how to create effective initiatives to reduce tobacco use and disparate outcomes in the LGBTQ community.
1. Participants will learn the health disparities related to tobacco use in the LGBTQ community and some of the factors contributing to these disparities.
2. Participants will gain an understanding of LGBTQ tobacco-free campaigns and interventions.
3. Participants will understand the components of a successful, evidence-informed tobacco-free campaign.