The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, October 3rd from noon to 1 pm PST, Tobacco Use and Rural Populations.
This webinar will provide information on tobacco use in rural and urban communities. It will also feature an overview of the Rural Tobacco Prevention toolkit that was developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health and is housed on the Rural Health Information Hub. Highlights from promising tobacco prevention and cessation programs in rural communities will be featured. Considerations on how to frame effective health messages for rural communities will also be discussed.
Alana Knudson, PhD
Co-Director, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
NORC at the University of Chicago
Alana Knudson, PhD, serves as the Co-Director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. She has 20 years of experience implementing and directing public health programs, leading health research projects, and evaluating the impact of programs. She currently directs the Rural Health Tracking and Evaluation Project, a partnership with the University of Minnesota, to examine the impact of rural health community programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Dr. Knudson is also the Co-primary investigator on a USDA funded study, conducted in partnership with The Ohio State University, to examine how health insurance affects farmers and farm enterprises. She has state and national public health experience having worked at the North Dakota Department of Health and for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She serves on the National Rural Health Association’s Board of Trustees and the Maryland Rural Health Association’s Board of Directors. Dr. Knudson earned a PhD from Oregon State University and grew up on a farm in North Dakota.