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Join us September 29-30, 2020 for the Power in Unity: Achieving Racial and Health Equity in the COVID Era Conference. We’ll discuss critical racial and health equity issues in commercial tobacco control and other areas of public health. In addition, we’ll celebrate the collaboration of priority populations in combating tobacco, cancer, and other health disparities.

For over 25 years, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) has led this effort through their work in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. This conference will be held in partnership with the ADEPT Equity Collaborative based in California. Both ADEPT and APPEAL are featuring critical presentations and opportunities to dialogue on the dismantlement of racism and working toward health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This virtual conference will be an opportunity for both newer commercial tobacco control advocates as well as those more experienced to participate and engage in this important work and conversations. Featured among the speakers are:

  • Dr. Ninez Ponce, Director of UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research
  • The Honorable Andrea Jenkins, Vice Chair of the Minneapolis City Council

This conference will:

  • Provide an opportunity for community members and public health professionals to learn about racism as a public health issue and to build skills to engage their communities in policy change in the time of COVID
  • Educate participants about policy priorities from communities of color and LGBTQs in advancing health and racial equity and ending racism
  • Provide motivation, inspiration and concrete steps for having participants take action toward advancing health and racial equity in their individual lives, communities and institutions
  • Explore various methods of communications during the COVID era to address AANHPI health disparitie

APPEAL is a national non-profit organization dedicated to addressing health equity and in other priority populations. Learn more at appealforhealth.org.

ADEPT is an equity collaborative that was first convened 9 years ago to address commercial tobacco disparities in six priority population groups based in California.

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2018 she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.


Ninez Ponce

Ninez A. Ponce, MPP, PhD, is Professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Principal Investigator for the California Health Interview Survey. Her research contributes to the elimination of racial/ethnic/social disparities in health. Dr. Ponce is on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics. She has served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Quality Forum, where her expertise has focused on setting guidance for health systems in the measurement and use of social determinants of health as tools to monitor health equity. In 2019 Dr. Ponce and her team received the Academy Health Impact award for their contributions to population health measurement to inform public policies.

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Day 1 - September 29, 2020 - Focusing on AANHPI Communities

Time Session
GENERAL SESSIONS
9:00 AM
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9:10 AM
PDT
Sacred Opening
9:10 AM
-
9:20 AM
PDT
Welcome and Overview of 25 Years of APPEAL
9:20 AM
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10:00 AM
PDT
Story of Tobacco and Cancer in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
10:00 AM
-
10:35 AM
PDT
Keynote Address Dr. Ninez Ponce, Director of UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
10:35 AM
-
10:45 AM
PDT
Cultural Interlude
10:45 AM
-
11:45 AM
PDT
Commercial Tobacco, Substance Abuse, Racism, Mental Health, and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities in the COVID Era
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11:45 AM
-
12:45 PM
PDT

This set of concurrent sessions are intended for participants who are in the early stages of working with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and/or newer to commercial tobacco control and cancer.

Concurrent 1.1: Disaggregating AA and NHPI Data for Tobacco Use and Cancer

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate between AA & NHPI subgroup data with regard to Commercial Tobacco use and Cancer.
  • Explain what tobacco is, the various forms ( i.e. hookah & betel nut), and how it impacts an individual and their communities’ overall health. Tobacco 101 within AANHPI communities.
  • Discuss the disparities/gaps that exist in new programs and or research.
Concurrent 1.2: Changing Norms through Policy Change 101 (Local Level)

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain why policy change is an important need for AANHPI policy engagement.
  • Describe the steps to create policy change at the local level.
  • Compare successful case studies using local policies that have engaged AANHPIs
Concurrent 1.3: Community Engagement and Communications in a COVID Era

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Analyze alternative methods of communication/outreach in the COVID-19 era.
  • Formulate various strategies on how to engage with community members, stakeholders, and youth using different communication tools.
  • Assess how to incorporate youth interaction.
12:30 PM
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1:30 PM
PDT

This set of concurrent sessions are intended for participants who are more experienced working with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and/or advocating for commercial tobacco control and cancer policy change.

Concurrent 1.4: Trending Topics in AA & NHPI Tobacco, Cessation, Health Care Systems and Cancer

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify current information that is being studied or researched within the Tobacco and vaping industry.
  • Explain cancer initiatives and cancer success stories in the AANHPI communities.
  • Evaluate what health systems have reduced barriers to help-seeking behavior and cessation for the AA and NHPI communities.
Concurrent 1.5: What are the Gaps in AA & NHPI Enhanced Policy Change

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the limitations at a state, local, and legislative levels
  • Identify what actions are taken to address issues regarding legislative language and community (disagreements) for tobacco policy.
  • Analyze local/statewide inclusive health equity policies such as the implications of the policy being enforced.
GENERAL SESSIONS
1:30 PM
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2:00 PM
PDT
Awards Celebration
2:00 PM
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3:00 PM
PDT
Closing Plenary
Where We are Going: Moving toward Policy Change for the Future

Day 2 - September 30, 2020 - Focusing on Health Equity

Time Session
GENERAL SESSIONS
9:00 AM
-
9:10 AM
PDT
Sacred Opening
9:10 AM
-
9:20 AM
PDT
Welcome and ADEPT Overview (Carol McGruder and Rod Lew)
9:20 AM
-
10:00 AM
PDT
Keynote Address and Health Equity Award Presentation:
“The Power of Art in the Time of Crisis: COVID, George Floyd and #SayHerName”
Vice Chair, Minneapolis City Council, Andrea Jenkins
10:00 AM
-
10:05 AM
PDT
Cultural Interlude
10:05 AM

10:35 AM
PDT
Tobacco Industry through a Health Equity Lens
10:35 AM
-
11:25 AM
PDT
Achieving Racial and Health Equity in the COVID Era (panel discussion)
11:25 AM

11:30 PM
PDT
Cultural Interlude
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11:30 AM
-
12:30 PM
PDT

This set of concurrent sessions are intended for participants who are newer to working with priority populations on commercial tobacco control and advocating for health equity.

Concurrent 2.1: Dismantling Racism: A Dialogue

This session will allow the participant to:

  • Engage in dialogue on dismantling institutional racism and advancing health equity and how it relates to commercial tobacco control.
  • Hear personal stories of how others have experienced and addressed institutional racism.
  • Identify 5 challenges and 5 opportunities for helping to dismantle institutional racism.
Concurrent 2.2: Community Engagement in Policy Change 101 Through a Health Equity Lens

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe why using a health equity approach is important in engaging priority populations in policy change.
  • Identify 10 steps for engaging marginalized communities in policy change.
  • Analyze three levels of health equity policies and identify gaps in implementation.
Concurrent 2.3: Creating Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify smoke free multi-unit housing enforcement gaps within commercial tobacco control policies (including in federally qualified housing).
  • Explore case studies regarding private and public smoke free multi-unit housing
  • Learn 5 basic steps for implementing smoke-free multi-unit housing policies.
12:00 PM
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1:00 PM
PDT

This set of concurrent sessions are intended for participants who are more experienced in working with priority populations on commercial tobacco control and advocating for health equity.

Concurrent 2.4: Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco Control and Creating Equity-based Policy

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Name the potential negative consequences of implementing and enforcing some commercial tobacco control policies on communities of color.
  • Compare successful case studies and approaches on creating equity-based policy for priority populations.
  • Discuss Tobacco 21 enforcement and new approaches to enforcement of new policies such as CA statewide flavored tobacco restrictions policies and gaps of Chicago/Oakland city commercial tobacco retailer policies.
Concurrent 2.5: Institutionalizing Health Equity within State and Local Health Departments

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how racism within mainstream institutions (including health departments) impacts priority populations working on commercial tobacco control.
  • Identify 5 steps for institutionalizing health equity in a state or local health department.
Concurrent 2.6: Communications for Racial and Health Equity for a New Era

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss various levels and types of communication through the lens of racial and health equity.
  • Evaluate health department tools and guidelines in identifying skills, organizational practices, and infrastructure needed to address health equity and next steps.
GENERAL SESSIONS
1:00 PM

1:10 PM
PDT
Cultural Interlude
1:10 PM
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2:30 PM
PDT
Closing Session

Please select one of the General Admissions tickets below. In addition, you MUST register for a concurrent session per day to receive the separate Zoom link for the concurrent sessions. We recommend selecting only one concurrent session per day as the session times do overlap. If you register for more than one concurrent session per day, you will be placed in one of the sessions you selected randomly. Refer to our agenda for the concurrent session details.

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