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Empower Series

How to Make Tobacco an Issue in Priority Populations

June 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Workshop Description

Have you asked yourself why tobacco does not seem to be an issue in priority populations? The truth of the matter is that you are right; tobacco is not considered an issue in communities of color.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discuss tobacco prevention and control as a Public Health Issue.
  • Discuss the pressing issues in tobacco prevention and control in priority populations.
  • Talk about successes in communities of color in tobacco prevention and control.
  • Discuss opportunities for communities of color to close the gap in current health disparities.

Workshop Instructor

Alejandro Garcia-Barbon has over seventeen years of experience in the management, administration, planning and development of public health and behavioral health services.  He is currently the Program Director for the Behavioral Health Service Line with Health-First, Inc., which provides behavioral health services to the senior adult population in Brevard County, Florida. Some of his professional experience includes the management of behavioral acute care services and the management of the National Latino Tobacco Prevention and Control Network. He also collaborates and provides guidance to state, county, and community policy makers regarding the development and implementation of effective prevention/wellness policies and practices.  Alejandro has extensive experience facilitating town hall meetings, debates, forums, panel and group discussions, and school and community meetings.  In addition, he monitors and provides technical assistance to public and private public health and behavioral health treatment providers throughout the country.  His skills include organizing and directing resources, evaluating information, planning strategies, resolving problems, communicating ideas, facilitating conversations, building partnerships and collaborations, and motivating others to accomplish tasks within changing environments


This Empower Series workshop is presented in partnership with the Northwestern Community Services Board (CSB).

This workshop’s registrations were previously filled and originally scheduled for March 2021 but was postponed. If you have questions regarding this workshop or wish to see if there is space, please email Charlie McLaughlin at


June 14, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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