For Immediate Release
August 22, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Tobacco Use Prevention Program Hires New Director

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Office of Health Promotion recently hired Clarence Cryer Jr., MSPH, as the Director of the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program. Cryer is responsible for statewide tobacco program policies, goals and objectives; managing tobacco prevention staff across the state and overseeing distribution and management of local tobacco prevention grants in 44 counties.

Prior to this position, Cryer lived in Florida where he served as the County Director of Community Health Service Programs for the Volusia County Health Department. In this position he administered federal, state and locally funded programs and services in the following areas: chronic disease, school health, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, epidemiology, WIC and nutrition services, adult immunizations and Healthy Start.

Cryer’s previous positions in Florida include Health Center Administrator for Hillsborough County Health Department, Chief Executive Officer for Saint Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc., Director of Community Health Promotion and Health Education for Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, Inc., and HIV/AIDS Education Supervisor for Miami-Dade County Health Department.

“We are excited to have a new Director of the Tobacco Use Prevention Program who has such a breadth of experience in chronic disease prevention,” said Paula Clayton, Director of the KDHE Office of Health Promotion . “Tobacco use is a leading contributor to many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and stroke. Clarence Cryer will add value and a new perspective to our tobacco prevention program.”

The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the toll-free Kansas Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-866-526-7867), and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information about the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit