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What Have PRCHN Faculty & Staff Been Up To?


PRCHN Faculty Present at Health and Human Services Committee Briefing
On May 18, PRCHN Associate Director Erika Trapl, PhD, was one of several presenters at a briefing held by the city of Cleveland’s Health and Human Services Committee
regarding access to healthy and affordable food for all city of Cleveland residents. Dr. Trapl spoke on behalf of Health Improvement Cuyahoga (HIP-C), giving an update on the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative. Other speakers included Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Public Health Department, who made opening remarks regarding healthy food and nutrition; Dr. Bill McKinney, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Food Trust – Collective Impact opportunities, Food Trust, who spoke of Philadelphia’s success and opportunities for Cleveland; Morgan Taggart (who is also a NOCA member), from St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, on state recommendations for healthy food financing; and Lindsay Smetana, Tremont West Corporation, with a corner store early adopter spotlight.

Produce Prescription Webinar
On April 16, 2015, Erika Trapl and Alison Patrick (Cuyahoga County Board of Health and former PEER fellow) presented a webinar
titled "Produce Prescription: Collaboration to Improve Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Low-Income Pregnant Women." Hosted by the University of Akron Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board, the Webinar took an in-depth look at fruit and vegetable consumption of low-income pregnant women and whether a prescription to farmers’ markets would increase consumption. Dr. Trapl and Ms. Patrick reviewed a number of topics, such as infant mortality rates in Cuyahoga County, the PRx pilot program, food deserts, preterm births, the development of partnerships, 2013 and 2014 produce programs, as well as barriers, challenges, and opportunities with these types of programs.

FMTracks iOS App First Training Session
At the end of April, PRCHN Associate Director Darcy Freedman, PhD, and the FreshLink team provided training on the new iOS app, FM Tracks, to 21
farmers' market managers participating in the FreshLink and O-NOPREN projects. The training was conducted at the OSU Extension Office, Cuyahoga County.

New Grants

NIH Grant on Measurement of Nicotine Dependence among Adolescent Cigarillo Users
Dr. Sue Flocke
was recently awarded a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant entitled "Measurement of Nicotine Dependence Among Adolescent Cigarillo Users." The use of cigarillos, cigars, and little cigars (CCLC) has increased dramatically, especially among adolescents and young adults. To date, instruments to measure nicotine dependence among tobacco users have not been developed or adapted for CCLC users. This project will use rigorous methods to develop a measure of nicotine dependence that is valid and reliable for CCLC users. This work will inform whether these products are causing nicotine dependence and harm to users and thus, should be subjected to the same regulations as cigarettes. Inequitable regulation with regard to reporting contents, labeling, flavoring and packaging make CCLC products highly attractive and accessible to adolescents.

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