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Background

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.

Virginia Steering Committee

2022-2023 MEMBERS

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

John Boggess
Communication and Health Promotions Coordinator, Benefits Consortium
Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia

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

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

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

Jon Fritsch, MS, CTTS
Assistant Director of Hokie Wellness
Virginia Tech

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

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

Megan Hill, M.P.H, M.C.H.E.S.
Certified Health Education Specialist
Hampton University

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

Andrew Romero, M.Ed.
Director
Geographic Health Equity Alliance

Hannah Sutliff, MPH, CHES
Certified Health Education Specialist
Hampton University

Brad Williams, MSPH
Senior Program Coordinator
VCU Massey Cancer Center

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

Carrie Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Virginia Commonwealth University

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

Jayne Flowers, M.A., C.P.M.
Tobacco Control Program Manager
Virginia Department of Health Tobacco Control Program

Amy Smith, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech

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

Contact

Project coordinator: Lindsay Hauser

Summit

Eliminate Tobacco Use Virginia will hold a summit on April 21, 2023. Learn more.