“Advancing education, research, and support for the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender, queer, and gender non-conforming people.”
Who We Are
We are a network of communities who have especially felt the negative effects of tobacco. We have come together to jointly address the tobacco-related health problems of our various communities. Our network is currently comprised of racial/ethnic communities, women, gays and lesbians, low-income people, persons living with disabilities, 18-24 year olds, and those living in the rural areas of New Mexico.
What We Do
Our network is dedicated to providing the leadership necessary to counter the toll that tobacco has taken on our communities. We:
- Involve our community leaders in education, prevention, policy and advocacy efforts
- Inform and educate our community members and leaders re: the effects of tobacco on our respective communities
- Advocate for the state to gather specific data on tobacco abuse and its health effects on each of our communities
- Conduct forums, trainings and community meetings aimed at increasing participation of civil rights and advocacy organizations in the campaign to reduce tobacco use
- Support community organizations in their efforts to increase the capacity in their communities to address tobacco issues
- Increase awareness of specific tobacco industry marketing and advertising to our respective communities
How We Support Communities
We distribute informationa and other resources to individuals as well as local non-profit community organizations that are involved in increasing the commitment and capacity of their communities to actively engage in tobacco prevention activities. We also provide technical assistance and training to communities to help them plan appropriate tobacco prevention strategies and develop leadership in their communities.
How We Are Funded
We receive a grant from the New Mexico Department of Health, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program to implement effective strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate health status disparities among population groups due to tobacco.