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9:45 AM (CST)

Announcements / Videos

10:00 AM (CST)

Welcome/Opening Remarks

David Lakey, M.D. is the vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief medical officer at The University of Texas System, and Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center. He also serves on the state’s COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Prior to joining U. T., Dr. Lakey was the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. From 1998 to 2006, he served as division chief of clinical Infectious Disease and medical director of the Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler. Dr. Lakey graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine, pediatrics and infectious disease training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H., is the Vice President and Head of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Prior to working at MD Anderson, Dr. Hawk worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for 12 years in chemopreventive drug identification, preclinical testing, and clinical development, participating in phase I-III trials of several agents including calcium, aspirin, celecoxib, DFMO, and combinations. During his tenure at MD Anderson he has gained experience in T1-T4 research through oversight and collaborations with the Division’s five academic departments - Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Clinical Cancer Prevention, Health Disparities and Health Services Research. He also co-leads MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention and Control Platform which implements evidence-based actions in public policy, public and professional education, and delivery of community-based clinical or public health services at a population level to promote health and affect a significant and lasting reduction in the burden of cancer and its antecedent risk factors.

10:10 AM (CST)

Jennifer is the Director of the EndTobacco® Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Employing 22 years of experience in public health and tobacco control, she collaborates with internal and external partners to promote evidence-based cancer prevention and tobacco control initiatives across the domains of policy, prevention and cessation. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in Health Administration & Education and a Master of Public Health, both from the University of Southern Mississippi; and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at UT Health School of Public Health. She is a certified health education specialist.

10:15 AM (CST)

Dr. Buchanan Lunsford is the Associate Director for Health Equity in CDC’S Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). She provides leadership on efforts to advance health equity and to eliminate tobacco-related disparities. During her CDC tenure, she has served as a subject matter expert, technical lead, and project officer for both domestic and international CDC-funded projects. She has authored nearly 60 publications and delivered numerous presentations on commercial tobacco, chronic disease conditions, health disparities, and strategies to advance health equity. Dr. Buchanan Lunsford received advanced degrees from the University of Cincinnati and completed fellowships at Emory University School of Medicine and Yale University School of Medicine.

11:00 AM (CST)

Q & A

11:05 AM (CST)

Julie Amajuoyi is a lead senior staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, supervising a team of attorneys working to advance tobacco control policy change throughout the country by providing legal technical assistance to public health professionals and organizations, legal professionals, and advocates throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Julie worked as a litigation associate and engaged extensively in public interest work, including representing immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

11:35 AM (CST)

Q & A

11:40 AM (CST)

12:10 PM (CST)

Introduction To Health Equity Panels

12:15 PM (CST)

Panel #1: Addressing Tobacco Use Among Young Adults With A Health Equity Lens

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

Laurie Rubiner is Executive Vice President for Domestic Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the U.S. and around the world. She has more than 25 years of experience in Congress and the non-profit sector. She was Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff, Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Blumenthal, Legislative Director to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Legislative Assistant to the late Republican Senator John H. Chafee. She was Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, inaugural director of the Universal Health Care Program at the New America Foundation, and Vice President for Programs and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Laurie received her B.A. in English from Barnard College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law.

Shana Davis is the senior program director at the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the only national nonprofit created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. She has responsibility for leading the strategy and implementation of special projects driven by the CEO and day- to-day management of a multi-million dollar portfolio of programs focused on building capacity and improving health outcomes in the areas of health awareness, access to healthcare, diversity, inclusion, and equity in biomedical research, and anti-tobacco. Previously, Shana was director of global executive communications at the American Cancer Society. She is an innovative and results-driven turnaround communications leader with more than 20 years of experience in reputation management and is a practitioner known for delivering successful high-impact strategies for United Way, Home Depot, Diageo, Young & Rubicam, Girl Scouts, Citigroup, and Hilton Brands.

Alanna Murrell is a Special Projects Manager for Black Women’s Health Imperative. She focuses heavily on Black women’s health, centering health advocacy and equity in environmental justice, reproductive justice, and maternal health. She is multi-faceted communication specialist, conversationalist, and empathic thought-leader amplifying the importance of vulnerable communication, intersectional storytelling, and community building. Her background is in business development, marketing, and communications.

12:55 PM (CST)

Q & A

1:00 PM (CST)

Panel #2: Tailored Interventions and Outreach to Address the Impact of Tobacco Use Among Specific Groups

Moderator: Nagla Elerian, M.S. Director of Population Health Strategic Initiatives The University of Texas System

Natasha Phelps, J.D., is the Director of Equity-Centered Policy at The Center for Black Health and Equity. Prior to joining The Center, Natasha worked as a litigation attorney at a private defense firm and as a managing lead senior staff attorney at the Public Health Law Center, where she provided legal technical assistance on commercial tobacco control and equitable public health policy issues to public health professionals and organizations, legal professionals, and advocates throughout the United States. Natasha serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund and taught as an adjunct professor at the Mitchell Hamline College of Law.

Gabriel is a Project Specialist at the National LGBT Cancer Network and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work focuses on LGBTQ tobacco initiatives and helping build and organize coalitions. For over 10 years Gabriel has worked in tobacco prevention and cessation and LGBTQ exercise science. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Augsburg University and is currently wrapping up his Masters of Public Health at Utah State University. Gabriel is passionate about LGBTQ health, reducing health disparities, and increasing scientific literacy. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. Gabriel is a black Ashkenazi Jew that identifies as trans and queer.

Tia Taffer is the VP of Digital Engagement for Truth Initiative. Since joining truth in 2018, Tia has worked on the creation of multiple national prevention and cessation campaigns including, most recently, Depression Stick and Breath of Stress Air. Prior to her joining Truth Initiative, she spent over 15 years managing brands at advertising agencies in Boston. During four of those years, she managed work done for the truth campaign at Arnold Worldwide, including the creation of the Effie award-winning campaigns “Ugly truth” in 2014 and “Unsweetened truth” in 2012, among others.

1:45 PM (CST)

Q & A

1:50 PM (CST)

Panel #3: Student Perspectives: How to Engage Students on Campuses and in Communities Around the Nation

Moderator: Bryan Coleman, Senior Manager, Youth Leadership Development, Community and Youth Engagement, Truth Initiative®

Mikayla Kitchen is an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is studying Public Health with a minor in Leadership & Public Service and a multicultural studies certificate. She is a student research assistant and the Summit Coordinator for the Eliminate Tobacco Use Missouri Initiative. Her interests are found in analyzing health policy and creating sustainable solutions.

Kellen Kruk is a senior at Texas State University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s in political science with a minor in public health. Since 2015, Kellen has been an active advocate for youth tobacco prevention in his community and state. His dedication to protecting his peers awarded him the opportunity to serve as a Say What! Teen Ambassador for multiple terms, as well as the 2019 Regional Youth Advocate of the Year from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He was part of the Texas 21 Youth Coalition where he helped educate elected offices about the importance of raising the minimum tobacco sale age to 21.

Anurika Kumar is currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia with a major in Sociology and a minor in Biology. She is involved in numerous activities across grounds such as Camp Kesem, the Indian Student Association, and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network student group. She is passionate about advocacy and loves to educate her peers and community members.

Pranusha Amancherla is a 3rd year student at the University of Virginia (UVA). She is a Cognitive Science major with a Neuroscience concentration and Statistics minor. She is passionate about healthcare both in its policy and clinical aspects and this led her to establish a chapter of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network along with Anurika Kumar at UVA. She hopes to continue exploring and expanding her involvement in this field.

Aria Chalileh is a current freshman attending The College of New Jersey. Aria has been involved in tobacco prevention and awareness since high school, during which she was involved with the Bergen County Youth Tobacco Action Group and served as a Youth Advisory Board Member for the statewide Incor-ruptible.US campaign for three years. Through these organizations, she has worked with other youth from across the county and state on a variety of awareness and prevention campaigns, social media post creations, tabling events, and advocating for change. More recently, Aria has worked as a National Youth Ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a national organization focused on legislative changes aimed at preventing youth addiction to tobacco products. Aria achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award in April 2021, which was focused on ed- ucating over 2,000 middle and high school students on the dangers of vaping through over 45 peer-to-peer presentations and a variety of other activities.

2:15 PM (CST)

Q & A

2:30 PM (CST)

Atanaska (Nasi) Dineva joined CTP as an inaugural Institute of Medicine Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow in the Office of Health Communication and Education (OHCE). She currently supports the work of The Real Cost ENDS campaign team in OHCE’s Division of Public Health Education. In her previous role as a member of the Research and Evaluation team, she led/co-led formative research for several of CTP’s public health education campaigns, including The Real Cost youth tobacco prevention campaign and Every Try Counts, the Agency’s first-ever adult smoking cessation campaign. Nasi received her MS in Marketing from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

3:00 PM (CST)

Q & A

3:05 PM (CST)

Closing Remarks

3:30 PM (CST)




The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work is an approved provider of Continuing Education Units by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners for LMSW and LCSW CEUs. LMFT and LPC CEUs are available to participants upon approval of their licensing boards. Up to 4.0 CEU’s are available for April 20, 2022. Up to 4.5 CEU’s are available for April 21, 2022. Up to 8.5 CEU’s are available for both days.


Sponsored by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Up to 3.75 hours of entry level CHES/MCHES credits available for April 20, 2022 Up to 3.5 hours of entry level CHES/MHES credits available for April 21, 2022. Up to 7.25 hours available for both days. NCHEC Provider # MEP 99697


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit welcomes a variety of professionals working in higher education, professionals working in tobacco prevention, cessation, and policy, as well as community and non-profit partners whose mission aligns with that of Eliminate Tobacco Use. Summit organizers reserve the right to decline participant registration to any entity not meeting these inclusion criteria.


10 A.M. - 4 P.M. CST

Missouri Summit

9 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. EST

New Jersey Summit

10 A.M. - 3 P.M. CST

Texas Summit

9 A.M. - 12:40 P.M. EST

Virginia Summit

The Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit welcomes a variety of professionals working in higher education, professionals working in tobacco prevention, cessation, and policy, as well as community and non-profit partners whose mission aligns with that of Eliminate Tobacco Use. Summit organizers reserve the right to decline participant registration to any entity not meeting these inclusion criteria.