January 27, 2016

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE's Community Health Promotion Summit Highlights Tobacco Control

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Community Health Promotion Summit is January 28 and 29 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. The theme of this year’s summit is “Committing to end the tobacco epidemic in Kansas.”

The keynote speaker is Brian King, PhD, MPH, a tobacco control and prevention expert and deputy director for research translation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Smoking Health. King is a contributing author to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. He will speak about current trends in tobacco use, the status of interventions and programs that address the tobacco epidemic, and a vision for a future that is free of death, disease and disability caused by tobacco use.

Day two of the summit will focus on the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction (CDRR) Program. CDRR is a community grant program that provides funding and technical assistance to reduce chronic disease through evidence-based strategies to decrease tobacco use, increase physical activity, increase access to healthy foods and increase people’s ability to manage chronic disease. CDRR communities will share their successes and learn about program requirements for the next state fiscal year. CDRR is a program of the Bureau of Health Promotion at KDHE.

The summit is coordinated by KDHE’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program in the Bureau of Health Promotion at KDHE. The Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, visit