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RISE Leadership Development Program

The RISE Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a 5-month program to create tobacco advocacy champions in rural communities. California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) project staff and other community stakeholders are all invited to attend. Participants will attend monthly virtual and in-person sessions to improve leadership skills and build knowledge related to the impact of commercial tobacco use in rural regions. Participants will also learn how to build support in their communities to fight back against the tobacco industry’s targeting of rural communities.

The program application will be posted here shortly.

RISE Learning Institutes

The RISE Learning Institutes consist of three tobacco control workshop series developed to support rural communities to advance local tobacco-related policy initiatives.

Tobacco Product Waste
Learning Institute

These workshops are designed for environmental groups and California Tobacco Control Program project staff that serve rural communities. Topics include the impact of tobacco on the environment, tobacco product waste interventions, and policies that have been implemented throughout California.

Law Enforcement
Learning Institute

These workshops are tailored for law enforcement agencies and California Tobacco Control Program project staff that serve rural communities. Topics include strategies and best practices on enforcing tobacco control policies and implementing funding mechanisms for tobacco control enforcement.

Tribal
Learning Institute

These workshops are intended for California Tobacco Control Program project staff that serve rural communities, especially those who work with, or who would like to work with, the Native American gaming industry. Topics include leadership structure for casinos located in the rural regions, history of tobacco control efforts with the industry, and relationship-building strategies.

Registration for each Learning Institute will be posted here shortly.

Tobacco control advocates in rural areas may transform challenges into strengths by leveraging the benefits of tight-knit communities to reduce the health disparities found there. RISE: Rural Initiatives Strengthening Equity is the Rural Priority Population Coordinating Center funded to provide expertise, support and technical assistance to projects working in rural communities.

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Local tobacco coalitions in each county are working to decrease health disparities by advocating for strong tobacco policy. Return to this space often to see the progress communities are making and to learn about ways you can help to protect your family and neighbors.

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