Last night, our Make Smoking History (MSH) for Community Services program took out the ‘Excellence in Health Promotion Practice’ Award at the WA Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association’s AGM.
This Award recognises the outstanding work undertaken by our Make Smoking History team to reduce tobacco-related health inequalities experienced by vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ groups in Western Australia.
This work had been led by our MSH Priority Settings Coordinator, Emily Box since 2014, and in 2016 our MSH Project Officer, Lorena Chapman and MSH Community Services Coordinator, Doris Neuwerth joined forces with Emily to develop the program further, and roll out projects and training in WA.
MSH for Community Services aims to facilitate organisational change within community and social services sector to address tobacco use across 7 priority areas:
• Committed leadership
• Organisation engagement
• Comprehensive tobacco policy
• Supportive systems
• Training and follow up
• Consistent quit support
• Monitoring and data collection
Each project is tailored to the services’ situation and requirements.
Since its inception the program has demonstrated strong leadership and advocacy with a commitment to excellence and meaningful, effective partnerships. The program is consistently informed by evidence, both existing and research generated by the team, in partnership with the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit. The partnerships developed have been extensive and results include the establishment of a reference group with CSO members; high demand from the sector; a training partnership with the WA Council of Social Services that will commence this year; and the development of resources including a website for the sector.
This work has also informed and influenced Make Smoking History’s mass media activity through extra targeted communication activities.
This Award recognises the commitment of Emily, Lorena and Doris to tackle tobacco-related health inequalities in an evidence based and sustainable way. In particular this Award recognises Emily and her strong leadership in the goal to ensure health, integrity and long term well-being of all West Australians.
Thanks to all in the community and social services sector who have supported this program, either through joining our reference group, implementing a project and/or participating in research.