Perspectives from the front lines of tobacco control

Barri Burrus, Mary Northridge, Lisa Hund, Molly Green, Kisha Braithwaite, Barbara Sabol, Cheryl Healton, Henrie M. Treadwell

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This research is designed to share valuable experiences and transferable principles from program staff of the Legacy/Community Voices initiative who have been involved in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining tobacco control activities in underserved communities. Interviews were conducted with 13 front line staff from 9 sites: Alameda County, California; Detroit, Michigan; El Paso, Texas; Ingham County, Michigan; Miami, Florida; New Mexico; North Carolina; Northern Manhattan; and West Virginia. A model emerged from these interviews that places the life cycle of a program in a central position, with many of the identified themes (working with local champions, obtaining support from multiple partners, increasing organizational capacity) repeated throughout, albeit in different forms at different stages. Reflecting upon wisdom gained and identifying best processes for such work may help ensure that tobacco control programs are developed that are culturally safe and effective in meeting the needs of diverse communities throughout the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-142
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number1 Suppl
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural safety
  • Health disparities
  • Participatory research
  • Public health practice
  • Qualitative research
  • Smoking cessation and prevention
  • Social justice
  • Tobacco control
  • Underserved communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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