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Forum to Examine Impact of Tobacco and Weight Issues on CT Health Policies

Posted 01/19/2010
Posted by Katharine Kranz Lewis

The Connecticut Public Health Policy Institute, which is based in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford, will present panel discussions on two of the most critical public health concerns facing the state — overweight or obesity and smoking. The program will take place on Tuesday, January 19, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., in the Legislative Office Building, Room 2A, in Hartford.

Speaking on "Overweight and Obesity in Connecticut: Precursors, Policies and Possibilities" will be Marissa Cloutier, RD, a faculty member in Hillyer College at the University of Hartford and author of several nutrition-related books and articles, including The Mediterranean Diet; Jeffrey Cohen, an applied micro-economist and associate professor of economics at the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford; and Marlene Schwartz, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The discussion will be moderated by Meg Gaughan, RD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Saint Joseph College.

Talking about "Smoke and Mirrors: Examining Tobacco Use, Consequences and Policies in Connecticut" will be Judith Cooney and Christoffer Grant, who are working together on a project examining the efficacy of adding a computerized treatment to cognitive behavior therapy for the treatment of substance use disorders; Russet Marrow Breslau, executive director for Tobacco Free Mass., a statewide coalition of 50 health organizations that advocates for funding and policies that support and advance tobacco prevention and cessation; and Jeffrey Cohen, associate professor of economics at the University of Hartford. The moderated will be Patricia Checko, an epidemiologist who served as a public health official for 36 years.

Offering welcoming remarks will be Katharine Kranz Lewis, MPH, RN, assistant professor of nursing in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford and executive director of the Connecticut Public Health Policy Institute, and Jill Zorn, program officer at the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, which is providing funding for this research and for this event.

The mission of the Connecticut Public Health Policy Institute (CPHPI) is to improve public health for all Connecticut residents, by providing non-partisan, high-quality research reports focused on critical public health policy issues facing the state.