On July 1, 2015, the Council added two new grant initiatives through the WV DHHR. This a result of the continued high use of tobacco in the southern counties of WV.
The leading cause of preventable deaths and disease in this country is tobacco. This activity is one of the causes of poverty for many smokers in the United States and as a result, CSM is moving to help stop this scourge.
Through grant agreements with the WV Department of Health and Human Services, the first intervention is the West Virginia Tobacco Free Pregnancy Initiative. The purpose of this grant is to provide technical assistance on tobacco prevention related issues such as: smoking during pregnancy prevention training, promoting and how to quit tobacco use and healthcare. CSM is responsible for maintaining an active program in educating pregnant women about the ill effects of tobacco.
WV Tobacco Free Pregnancy Iniative
The program targets the following counties: Boone, Harrison, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Monongalia, Roane, Wirt and Wyoming. Workshops on quitting, promoting the WV Tobacco Quitline and technical assistance to the healthcare provider community.
Sheila Muncy heads this programs with 9 staff located in the service area.
WV Save Face Stop Spit Tobacco Project
The second grant is the Southern WV Save Face Stop Spit Tobacco Project. Kathy Bailey is the coordinator and she is a national award winner for her contributions in fighting this huge problem. Ms. Bailey will conducting smokeless tobacco prevention activities and cessation services throughout the southern WV counties of: McDowell, Mercer Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming. This area is statistically very high in the use of smokeless tobacco. Culturally appropriate services will be provided through education. For more information, contact Sheila Muncy or Kathy Bailey at 304-436-6800.