Why hello there, Break Free Alliance Fans (or BFAFs, for short).
If you are lucky enough to be one of almost 400 people attending the Health Education Council and Break Free Alliance’s Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities: The Power of Communities, then you must be just as excited as I am to learn about some of the most inspiring and forward-thinking work being done to help reduce tobacco and chronic-disease related disparities. If you’re not a conference attendee, then do not fret. Throughout these next two days I, along with our wonderful Promising Practices Guest Bloggers, will be updating this blog regularly with new information, reflections, and fun facts.
I have already shaken off the fatigue from an 18-hour unexpected layover in Houston with Break Free Alliance Coordinator, Kristi Maryman (see photo to the right), and am ready to take on this conference with an eagerness that I suspect can only be found in the Sheraton New Orleans (shout out to our host!).
Oh yes, and a little bit about me: I’m the Communications Administrator at the Health Education Council and also Program Administrator for HEC’s Children’s Power Play! Campaign. Up to this point, my role has been focused more on HEC’s obesity prevention campaigns; but I am fortunate enough to have recently started working more with Break Free’s staff on finding places where obesity prevention overlaps with tobacco control when it comes to affecting change in low socio-economic status populations. I maintain the Children’s Power Play! blog where you can find my official bio as well as a photo of what I looked like when I first joined HEC. I love reading, dogs, coffee, snowboarding, the San Francisco Giants, living in California, and running in muddy foot races.
I dare you to like HEC on Facebook.
I support smoke-free air.