In Partnership, C.H.E.F.® Awarded Tobacco Prevention Grant From Washington State Department of Health

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Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network.

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We are honored and delighted to have been selected by the Washington State Department of Health to receive this grant. Not only does it recognize the critically important need for tobacco prevention and control in underserved communities throughout our state, but it also acknowledges C.H.E.F. as an organization working to improve the health and well-being of those living in public housing.

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), long known for its mission to promote health and quality of life through education, announced that it has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network. Under terms of the agreement, C.H.E.F.'s program will be implemented over a two-year period.

Awarded to C.H.E.F. in collaboration with its partners, the Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (PNRC-NAHRO), the work under the grant will establish a network whose goal is to develop a tobacco-free environment for public housing, promote resistance to tobacco industry marketing, identify and offer smoking cessation support and resources for public housing residents, and bring partners together to effect systems change.

Since the project will assist housing authorities in their efforts to adopt and implement smoke-free policies, change norms, and assist residents with connecting to cessation services, several housing authorities throughout Washington State have been recruited to participate in the two-year pilot project. The participating housing authorities include those in Bellingham / Whatcom County, Bremerton, Vancouver., Everett, Grant County, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Walla Walla.

According to Julie Peterson, C.H.E.F.'s Senior Director of Public Affairs, "We are honored and delighted to have been selected by the Washington State Department of Health to receive this grant. Not only does it recognize the critically important need for tobacco prevention and control in underserved communities throughout our state, but it also acknowledges C.H.E.F. as an organization working to improve the health and well-being of those living in public housing."

"The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of NAHRO is pleased to partner with C.H.E.F. in its State of Washington grant to create a Tobacco Prevention & Control Network," said Ronald Oldham, Executive Director, PNRC-NAHRO. "Smoking is a serious problem for the residents of our members' affordable housing --- both for smokers and for their neighbors who are impacted by second-hand smoke. Smoking is a frequent cause of fires that cause injury, death, and property loss, not to mention increased maintenance costs for apartment renovation. We look forward to reducing tobacco use in housing authority properties through education and positive incentives."

Said John Polling, President of the Association of Washington Housing Authorities, "This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a first-steps effort to reduce cigarette smoking in our affordable housing developments and in so doing to improve the health of our residents."

About Comprehensive Health Education Foundation

Founded in 1974, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) is a nationally known nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health and quality of life through education. With a long history of innovation in bringing better health to individuals and communities, C.H.E.F.'s efforts today focus on eliminating health inequities through a powerful combination of advocacy, education, grant-making, and partnerships, as well as consulting. Whether assisting organizations in becoming more effective advocates for change, or providing consulting through its MissionWise® division to help organizations better deliver services and become more sustainable, C.H.E.F. brings together foundations, government, nonprofits, and coalitions to create a social movement to eliminate health inequities. For information about C.H.E.F. and MissionWise, please visit http://www.chef.org and http://www.missionwise.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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