OSWEGO, NY – Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, Inc., has been awarded a five-year grant at annual funding of $400,000 to engage community stakeholders and youth to change policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use.
This grant builds on previous grant-funded tobacco control work by the organization to better support Central New York’s tobacco control efforts as well as contribute to comprehensive programming across the state.
As part of this grant, Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties will be served by both community engagement and youth action (known as Reality Check) programming.
The grant was awarded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control.
The Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, a division of ICP, will engage local stakeholders, educate community leaders and the public, and mobilize community members and organizations to strengthen tobacco-related policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use.
Efforts will also focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing smoking imagery through the media.
In addition, youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years in each of the three counties will now be engaged in the Reality Check youth action component.
ICP has hired Joseph Wicks as community engagement coordinator, Christopher Chirinos as Reality Check coordinator, and Jacqueline Thorpe as Tobacco Free Community specialist.
All have extensive working knowledge of community engagement and mobilization and the team is looking forward to making a difference in the communities served.
“Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in this country so this is extremely important work,” said Christina Wilson, executive director of ICP. “We are proud to be part of a statewide effort to prevent youth smoking and create tobacco-free communities where New Yorkers live, work and play.”
The primary goals of this grant are to:
- Reduce the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth
- Establish tobacco-free community norms through tobacco-free outdoor air policies
- Reduce secondhand smoke exposure through smoke free housing policies
- Reduce tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies
- Reduce tobacco industry presence on social media.
Twenty-five grants were awarded to organizations across New York State totaling $9.4 million annually. These grants are intended to create change at the population level and maximize the state’s tobacco control efforts to have the greatest effect on the most people.
Comprised of the Child Care and Development Council, Traffic Safety Board, and Tobacco Free Network of CNY, the mission of Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, Inc., is to be a community resource agency to support and improve the quality of life for youth and families in Oswego County.
ICP offers quality, accessible and affordable education, training, advocacy and technical assistance to families, businesses, community organizations, and providers regarding child care and development, traffic and child passenger safety, and tobacco free initiatives.