L to R: Shonda Ambers-Phillips, Ken McManus, Doneisha Snider, Joyce Lara
Doneisha Snider presented at the Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition 2012 Annual Conference on November 30, 2012 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Her presentation, Reaching the Gold Standard: Evaluating Tobacco Policies in K-12 Schools Using a Practical Assessment Tool, focused on what it means to have a comprehensive “gold standard” tobacco-free policy in schools. Snider provided details about how the tool works and emphasized the utility of the tool in identifying gaps in current tobacco-related policies. Identifying these gaps early on allows advocacy groups to target their efforts when requesting policy amendments in schools. Snider also presented results from the school policy objectives of the Center’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) evaluation, and provided the tool and sample assessments to all attendees. Other panelists included Ken McManus, formerly of the St. Louis County Department of Health’s CPPW program, Shonda Ambers-Phillips, Coordinator of Prevention & Guidance at the Rockwood School District, and Joyce Lara, Smokebusters Youth Coordinator at the University of Missouri. The panel focused on gold standard tobacco-free policies, successful implementation of comprehensive tobacco-free policies in schools, and how youth can advocate for policy change. Victoria Warren, Tobacco Control Manager at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, moderated the discussion.View her presentation here.