We aim to:
- Prevent the onset of nicotine and tobacco use.
- Reduce societal and health burdens of tobacco and nicotine use.
- Help people quit smoking and promote tobacco dependence treatment.
- Eliminate non-smoker exposure to tobacco smoke pollution.
- Improve the health of the region.
- Eliminate health disparities.
- Collaboration with state, local and regional organizations and communities.
- Reduce tobacco burdens through evidence-based strategies.
To achieve those ends, we:
- Advocate for and enforce public policies that reduce exposure and access to tobacco products.
- Facilitate and champion systemic changes that positively impact tobacco-related health outcomes, particularly among those most disadvantaged.
- Work to increase awareness of the health consequences of tobacco and nicotine exposure on the brain and body.
- Ensure and expand access to treatment for tobacco users.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project (SEPA TCP) is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and is operated by the Health Promotion Council (HPC), an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health must allocate funds from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to designated primary contractors for the purpose of establishing community-based comprehensive tobacco control programs in compliance with Pennsylvania Act 77 of 2001. SEPA TCP was formed as the PA DOH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program transitioned from a county-based model to a regional model. PA DOH designated the Health Promotion Council (HPC), an organization with nearly 20 years of work providing tobacco control and prevention work at the community and county level, as the primary contractor for the southeast PA region in October 2007. Since then, SEPA TCP service providers in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Schuylkill counties have reduced tobacco-related burdens.
These efforts are made possible by partnerships between medical, behavioral, mental, dental and chronic disease health care systems, non-profit, human services and public health agencies, community-based organizations, schools, and individuals throughout the SEPA region. Collectively, our service providers and our regional coalition execute the project strategic initiatives and meet tobacco control-related responsibilities to residents of SEPA.
Health Promotion Council Tobacco Control and Prevention Services are committed to meeting the following responsibilities:
- Providing technical assistance/trainings to all subcontractors based on identified needs such as advocacy, community engagement, and clinical integration of tobacco treatment services.
- Ensuring campaigns, messaging, and health communication efforts are in sync with PA and national efforts.
- Providing fiscal oversight and management of regional tobacco funds.
- Engaging in sustainability efforts to support our providers.
Key Service Areas:
- Tobacco and nicotine dependence and addiction treatment and medication.
- Quit smoking coaching and counseling.
- Nicotine replacement access and best practices.
- Education and professional training for patients, clients, and health care and social service providers.
- Clinical workflow analysis.
- Tobacco treatment referral and tracking protocol integration.
- Treatment, follow-up, and outcomes research and evaluation.
- Enforcement of tobacco age and ID laws.
- Second-hand smoke exposure reduction, tobacco, and smoke-free policy.
- Youth empowerment (Advocacy Institute).
- Regional (SEPA) Wellness Coalition and Work Groups conveners.
- Media, health communications.
- Advocacy, civic leadership engagement.
Feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more. You can also visit our Resources Page.