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February 2019 Teleconference

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Surge in Youth Tobacco Product Use: Causes and Public Health Implications

February 12, 2019 • 2:00 to 3:00 PM (EST)

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Agenda

Time Agenda Item Speaker(s)
2:00pm Welcome & Introduction José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS
Director, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
2:05pm Vital Signs Overview Andrea Gentzke, PhD, MS
Health Scientist, Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
2:15pm Presentations Robin Koval
CEO and President, Truth Initiative
Laura Oliven, MPP
Minnesota Tobacco Control Manager, Minnesota Department of Health
2:35pm Q&A and Discussion Dr. José T. Montero
3:00pm End of call

Speakers' Biographies

Portrait image of Andrea Gentzke, PhD, MSAndrea Gentzke, PhD, MS

Health Scientist, Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Andrea Gentzke, specializes in surveillance and prevention of tobacco product use. Dr. Gentzke, who has been with the OSH surveillance team since early 2017, uses various data sources to analyze and report on national tobacco use indicators, and focuses on the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). She is also a member of the NYTS implementation team. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Gentzke worked as an epidemiologist at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, where her research centered on tobacco control. Dr. Gentzke holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

 

Portrait image of Robin KovalRobin Koval

CEO and President, Truth Initiative

Robin Koval is the chief executive officer and president of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. A leader in the world of advertising and marketing, and a New York Times best-selling author, Ms. Koval joined the organization in 2013. She relaunched its award-winning and lifesaving truth® youth tobacco prevention campaign and refocused its world-class research and activism programs to speak, seek, and spread the truth about tobacco. The truth® campaign has been voted one of the most influential campaigns of the 21st century and has received numerous awards. More importantly, with the help of the truth® campaign, youth cigarette smoking rates have declined from 23% in 2000 to an all-time low in 2018 of less than 5%! Ms. Koval regularly appears on television; contributes commentary to print and online outlets; and speaks to a variety of audiences about tobacco prevention.

Portrait image of Laura Oliven, MPPLaura Oliven, MPP

Minnesota Tobacco Control Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Laura Oliven leads the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program within the Minnesota Department of Health. In that role, she serves as the tobacco control spokesperson and directs state- and local-level policy change strategy, grant making, cessation promotion, and health equity efforts. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Ms. Oliven helped lead the Tobacco Free Providence campaign in Rhode Island, working successfully to advance pioneering tobacco control policy. She is passionate about building healthy communities and has been active in tobacco control and health promotion for more than 2 decades. Ms. Oliven has a master of public policy degree from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois.

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