2018 Kentucky Tobacco Conference: Be Bold for Change 1075396 April 10 2018 Lexington
 Course ID: 1075396
 Format: On-Site - Classroom course or workshop (Live Event)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number: 7-0038-12-2019-036
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 8.4 Contact Hours
 Certificate: TRAIN Certificate of Attendance, Contact Hours Joy
Course Description:

2018 Kentucky Tobacco Conference- Be BOLD for Change
April 10th, 2018
Lexington Convention Center


Course Duration (estimated): 8:00am-4:30pm


7:30 – 8:00 Registration (LHDs only) 

8:00 – 8:15 Introductions 

8:15 – 10:15 Trauma Informed Care and Tobacco Cessation with Kristal Hankinson, HANDS

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Facilitated Discussions on Best Practices with Jessica Lawrence, Cairn Guidance

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (Vouchers given)

12:30-1:00 Registration for afternoon session

1:00 – 2:30 Authentic Youth Engagement with Gustavo Torres/Erica Olmstead, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 4:15 Building capacity to work with youth, Reggie Cajayon, Texas School Safety Center 

4:15 – 4:30 Evaluations and Wrap Up 


Session Descriptions

Trauma Informed Care and Tobacco Cessation

Kristal Hankinson brings over a decade of experience working with individuals and families to inform participants on how Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and Toxic Stress impact early childhood development and adult outcomes. Participants will learn how to work with those impacted by trauma with the goal to quit smoking and maintain sobriety.

Facilitated Discussion on Best Practices in Tobacco Control

Jessica Lawrence with Cairn Guidance will lead participants through an engaging session to build relationships and cohesiveness among tobacco coordinators across the state. Tobacco coordinators will have the opportunity to learn from peers and find expertise among peers for problem solving. Using youth tobacco prevention as a model, participants will learn how to evaluate programs for effectiveness.

Authentic Youth Engagement

Gustavo Torres will share the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ new training curriculum for youth tobacco prevention, Taking Down Tobacco. This free resource can be used by schools and community groups and provides youth with the foundation they need to advocate for a tobacco-free future for themselves and their peers. This session will provide information on how to effectively partner with youth in tobacco control efforts.

Building Capacity to Work with Youth

Reggie Cajayon will help participants create practical steps to increase their level of youth engagement in tobacco control programs. Participants will use assessment tools to determine strengths and weaknesses with youth engagement, identify solutions and strategies, and learn from concrete examples of youth work occurring in other states

Course Objectives

Trauma Informed Care and Tobacco Cessation

  • Participants will learn the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress on early child development and on adult outcomes.

Facilitated Discussion on Best Practices in Tobacco Control

  • Participants will build stronger relationships and build cohesion among tobacco coordinators across the state;

Authentic Youth Engagement

  • Use Hart’s Ladder of Youth Participation as a tool to explain varying degrees of youth engagement.

Building Capacity to Work with Youth

  • Assess current youth level of engagement
  • Assess current adult attitudes regarding and efforts to facilitate youth engagement


Planning Committee

Kerri Verden, Program Administrator

Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, MPH, Policy Analyst

Terri Taylor, MBA,Policy Analyst

Bobbye Gray, RN, NCTTP, Cessation Administrator

Nursing Continuing Education Information:
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is a KBN continuing education provider.  This course has been approved for 8.4 nursing contact hours, KBN Provider #07-0038-12-2019-036

Disclaimer Statement: The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content.

Speaker Biographies

Kristal Hankinson

Kristal Hankinson is now the Program Coordinator for HANDS Moving Beyond Depression (an In-Home Therapy program that provides 15 sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to mothers struggling with Depression).  She works out of Frankfort primarily but also travels the state for site visits. She was formerly an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, and employed by Bluegrass.org from 2008 until August of 2012.  She received her MA in Clinical Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy, from LaSalle University in 2005.  She is licensed in the state of Kentucky as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is a credentialed trainer.  She is passionate about her career and assisting children/families; as well as educating others about the specific needs of the prenatal to five populations.


Jessica Lawrence

Jess Lawrence is an enthusiastic, energetic, extroverted New Englander living in Eastern Kentucky by way of Portland, Oregon after 20 years.  She started her career doing exactly what she wanted to do since her own high school experience—teaching 7th graders health education. In 2003, Jess was hired as the Health Education Curriculum Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, where she provided assistance and professional development to health teachers across Oregon. In 2006, Jess pursued a career as a national school & community health consultant, working with state departments of transportation, education, and health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, school districts and non-profits working to create healthier schools and communities. She writes curriculum, presents keynote addresses at conferences and facilitates adult learners. She currently has contracts to develop the new DARE (drug resistance program) nationally and is working with the FBI on opioid prevention in schools.

Gustavo Torres

Gustavo Torrez has been involved in the tobacco control movement for the past 22 years. He began his work in tobacco control as a youth advocate in California and continued his career in the field in Boston, where he was a Program Manager with Fenway Community Health and the National Network for LGBT Health Equity, one of the CDC-funded priority population networks.  As a young adult, Gustavo served on Legacy's National Speaker's Bureau and National Activism Council, and in 2012 he was recognized for his efforts with a Trailblazers Award for outstanding and continuous leadership in the tobacco control movement by Legacy.

Currently, Gustavo is the Director of Youth Advocacy for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, where he oversees the development and implementation of innovative youth-focused programs including Taking Down Tobacco, a new online training program changing the way we engage and train youth to #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation.

Reginald Cajayon

With over twenty years of professional experience empowering young people as a coach, an educator, and a motivational speaker, Reggie shares what he has learned throughout his life to inspire others to find their purpose, follow a plan, and fulfill their potential. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1995 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, Reggie has always pursued his interest in teaching and leading others, also studying Counseling, Psychology and Educational Leadership at the graduate level.

Reggie is currently Program Manager for the Youth Tobacco Prevention program at the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University. In addition to managing the Say What! tobacco prevention initiative funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Reggie is on the national leadership team for the Youth Engagement Alliance for Tobacco Control and has traveled around the country training adults and youth while working for the Texas School Safety Center and as a motivational speaker and trainer for his company, power2inspire.


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Original Posting Date: 2/5/2018 BKH
Subject Area(s):
Chronic Diseases
General Public Health
Prevention / Promotion
Educators / Trainers
General Public Health Staff
Public Health
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Course Level: Introductory
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Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
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Sponsor: KDPH
Accreditations: none
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Name: Elizabeth Hoagland
Phone: 502-564-9358 x4018
email: ElizabethA.Hoagland@ky.gov
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