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The ETU Virginia initiative grew out of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center’s attendance at the 2018 Texas Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit. VCU approached the University of Virginia Cancer Center to join in their efforts to replicate a summit in Virginia. The first ETU Virginia summit in spring 2019 hosted almost 100 attendees from 18 Virginia colleges and universities and two out-of-state universities.

The ETU Virginia Summit 2021 brought together over 60 institutions and organizations from across the state and focused on providing colleges and universities with best practices in developing tobacco free policies. Presenters, who were all at different points in the policy making process, shared frameworks for building a successful work group, ideas for how to change attitudes around tobacco free policies, and post-policy adoption.

In 2023, ETU Virginia hosted 30 people in-person in Charlottesville, Virginia the week before the National Summit on April 21st. This summit was a workshop style gathering that highlighted the importance of campus and community organizing to achieve a comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy and increase tobacco treatment and cessation efforts.

Virginia Steering Committee

2023-2024 MEMBERS

Roger Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Population Science
University of Virginia

John Boggess
Communication and Health Promotions Coordinator
Virginia Private Colleges Benefits Consortium

Cynthia Burwell, Ed.D, M.C.H.E.S., R.K.T.
Director, NSU Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities
Norfolk State University

Debbie Chatman Bryan, D.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Executive Director, Operations, Community Outreach and Engagement
VCU Massey Cancer Center

Neely Dahl, M.P.H, C.T.T.S.
Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia

Elizabeth Do, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Research Manager
Truth Initiative

Jon Fritsch, M.S., CT.T.S.
Assistant Director of Hokie Wellness
Virginia Tech

Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director of Population Science
Massive Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lindsay Hauser, M.S., M.T.T.S.
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
University of Virginia

Gina Roberts
Tobacco Control Lead Regional Coordinator
Virginia Department of Health Tobacco Control Program

Andrew Romero, M.Ed.
Geographic Health Equity Alliance 

Heather Sadowski
Director of Health Promotion
University of Richmond

Kellen Schalter, M.P.H.
Manager, Public Health Programs
Geographic Health Equity Alliance

Hannah Sutliff, M.P.H., C.H.E.S
Certified Health Education Specialist
Hampton University


Project coordinator: Lindsay Hauser


Eliminate Tobacco Use Texas held a summit on April 11, 2024. Learn more.