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The University of Missouri School of Medicine is the coordinating partner for ETU Missouri. Project leader Kevin Everett, PhD, was awarded a 3-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to launch the initiative in Missouri. Participating institutions, which include the University of Missouri, MU Health Care and Partners in Prevention, will meet at annual summits to learn and receive technical assistance to carry out action plans involving effective communication, policy compliance and education interventions.

In 2023, ETU Missouri hosted 80 people both virtually and in-person in Columbia, Missouri the day after the National Summit and featured conversations around poly substance use and methods used by the tobacco industry to target Black Americans, young people and women. Students from University of Missouri, Rockhurst University, Harris Stowe University and Missouri Western University joined a panel focused on student perspectives.

For more information about ETU Missouri, visit

Missouri Steering Committee

2022-2023 MEMBERS

Jamie Baker, B.A. 
Tobacco Control Program Community Policy Specialist
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Eli Bohnert, B.S. 
Masters in Public Health Student
Ohio State University

Dwana (Dee) Calhoun, M.S., M.P.H. 
SelfMade Health Network

Jim Brawner, B.S.E., M.Ed., N.C.T.T.P. 
Community Educator and Chair of Cessation Programs
Cox Health

Cammie Connor, Ph.D., L.P.C.
Director of Counseling Services and Prevention
Harris-Stowe State University

Ginny Chadwick, M.A., M.P.H.
Program Coordinator
Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative

Jennifer Cofer, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Director, EndTobacco® Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kevin Everett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine University of Missouri

Valerie Howard, M.S.W.
Tobacco Control Program Manager
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Traci Kennedy, B.A., M.P.A.
Midwest State Specialist
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

Joan Masters, B.S.Ed., M.Ed.
Senior Coordinator
Partners in Prevention

Kayce Morton, D.O.
Pediatric Medical Director
Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Melissa Ringer, B.S., MDAAC II
Tobacco and Vape Prevention Specialist
Missouri State University

Janice Putnam, Ph.D., R.N.
Health Studies Professor
University of Central Missouri

Susan Wathen, M.H.R.M., S.P.H.R., S.H.R.M.-S.C.P.
Vice President of Human Resources
Hannibal Regional Hospital

Jenna Wintemberg, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Assistant Teaching Professor
Health Sciences University of Missouri


Project coordinator: Kevin Everett


Eliminate Tobacco Use Missouri held a summit on April 28, 2023. Learn more.