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FREE Webinar: Cessation is Prevention: Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

The California Smokers’ HelplineCenter for Tobacco Cessation, and California Rural Indian Health Board are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, April 16th from 12:00 to 1 pm PST, Cessation is Prevention: Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

This webinar will highlight the burden of commercial tobacco use and its impacts on Tribal communities in California. Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge in community outreach, practice-based evidence and community norms regarding commercial tobacco,
  • Learn techniques to garner relationships with these communities in an effort to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Be encouraged to engage with Tribal communities in an effort to increase community knowledge and utilization of the California Smoker's Helpline while promoting cessation and prevention services throughout the state.

Lou Moerner 
Independent Contractor, UCSF & USC 
T.A. Provider, The Loop

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For over 15 years, Lou Moerner was the Community Wellness Division Director for the Northern California Indian Development Council. As such, she oversaw various culturally relevant commercial tobacco programs, as well as working nationally as a trainer in various health and wellness related curricula tailored for American Indian audiences. Lou is the founding member and Chair of the of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) American Indian/Alaska Native Health Equity Team, and served for 15 years as Chair of the Tobacco Education Network (TEN), a policy-focused community coalition comprised of local health care specialists, medical facilities, concerned citizens, law enforcement agencies and local non-profits, supported by the Humboldt County Department of Health.  Lou specializes in adaptation of evidence-based health and wellness models for use in American Indian Communities and has worked effectively with over 75 Tribes outside of California to assist in the creation of culturally appropriate programs for their Tribal communities. Ms. Moerner is currently an Independent Contractor with UCSF, USC and UCLA working on both commercial tobacco issues and the statewide opioid epidemic. She serves on data collection, needs assessment and evaluation teams for the opioid project. Lou has presented to diverse audiences at local, state and national health conferences.


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