MCC 2008 Spirit of Collaboration Honorable Mention Award Winner The Michigan Multicultural Tobacco Prevention Network
About the Initiative The Michigan Multicultural Tobacco Prevention Network (MCN) was established to promote awareness regarding the dangers of tobacco use/abuse and secondhand smoke among communities of color. It is comprised of six lead agencies that represent the five major ethnic/racial populations in Michigan: African Americans, Arab and Chaldean Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. This network is funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Impetus for the Collaboration
The mission of MCN is to educate, promote and advocate involvement in tobacco prevention and related issues while collectively addressing ethnic and culturally competent perspectives.
Results Among the achievements that have resulted from this collaboration:
Completed a Smoke-Free Home Campaign within respective ethnic communities. The goal of the Smoke-Free Homes Campaign is to educate families about the dangers of secondhand smoke to children in their homes and obtain a commitment from these families to make and keep their homes smoke-free.
Completed focus group in spring of 2007 within respective ethnic communities in order to collect information related to tobacco use treatment strategies.
Developed and distributed statewide the “Increasing Awareness of Smoking Cessation Needs among Michigan’s Multicultural Populations” report. This was an outcome of the focus groups conducted in the spring of 2007.
Provided education and information to ethnic-specific businesses and restaurants related to establishment of smoke-free policies.
Facilitated both poster sessions and oral presentations on the MCN Smoke Free Home Pledge at three national conferences, including:
APHA 2007 Annual Meeting and Exposition (Washington, DC; Nov. 3-7 2007) Multicultural Network ( MCN) Smoke Free Home Pledge;
ACCESS 2008: Building a Tobacco-Free Future (Seattle, WA; March 26-28, 2008); and
NAATEN/NNTPP Promising Practices from the Field (Detroit; April 23-24, 2008).
Provided a panel discussion on the findings of the focus groups conducted within respective ethnic communities in order to collect information related to tobacco use treatment strategies.
Educated local, state and federal elected officials about the impact of tobacco use and secondhand smoke on the five major ethnic groups in Michigan disparately affected (Asian American, African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, and Arab/Chaldean American).
“The Michigan Multicultural Tobacco Prevention Network” received the Michigan Cancer Consortium’s 2008 Spirit of Collaboration Honorable Mention Award. The annual award is presented to member organizations that have done outstanding collaborative work to significantly move comprehensive cancer control activities forward in Michigan.