Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) created the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) in response to the health and economic burden of tobacco use on Missouri residents. In 2004, MFH’s Board of Directors approved the Initiative and designated $40 million over nine years to the Initiative. The Initiative has supported comprehensive tobacco control through efforts in the areas of capacity building, tobacco policy change, cessation services, youth education and advocacy, and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.
CPHSS serves as the evaluator for the overall Initiative. The role of the Initiative evaluation has been to inform the Initiative and understand its impact. The new publication, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative 2011 Evaluation Report, summarizes the evaluation findings for 2011 and highlights evaluation data to date (2005-2011).
Key report findings include:
• Flexibility in program implementation is important to long-term success.
• Time required for policy change efforts varies widely.
• Accessing target populations is a significant barrier.
• TPCI increased grantees’ capacity.
• Community-wide and systems changes provide a large impact and a large reach.
• TPCI resulted in a positive return on investment.
Read the full report here
. Additional reports about the evaluation of Missouri Foundation for Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative can be accessed here