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What Have PRCHN Faculty and Staff Been up To?
Since July 2015, Cleveland City Council's Health and Human Services Committee has been considering legislation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products. On January 25, PRCHN Associate Director Erika Trapl, PhD, testified in front of the committee regarding the proposed legislation, along with Emily Lee from the American Lung Association, Chief Natoya Walker of Cleveland, and Tom Geist of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. The legislation is now in front of the Finance Committee and then will go to full council for a vote. This follows the recent public health win to restrict tobacco sales to those aged 21 and older. Dr. Trapl also played a role in the passage of that legislation, drawing upon her research regarding youth tobacco use and sales outlets in the city. (Also see the December 2015 issue of the PRCHN Connection for more information.)

Associate Director Darcy Freedman, PhD, has become widely recognized as an expert regarding food policy and food insecurity. She was recently interviewed as part of a News Net 5 piece on a recent study from Carnegie-Mellon University regarding the energy needed to produce and transport various types of foods. In addition, she was interviewed by Native American journalist Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton on food insecurity in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

The PRCHN's Produce Prescription Program was also noted in a segment on WCPN that looked at a number of Cleveland-area programs to get more fresh vegetables and fruits into the hands of those who most need them.

Freedman, D.A., Vaudrin, N., Schneider, C., Trapl, E., Ohri-Vachaspati, P., Taggart, M., Cascio, M.A., Walsh, C., & Flocke, S. (in press). Systematic review of factors influencing farmers’ market use overall and among low-income populations. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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