Conference: Strengthening Psychology's Role in Reducing Tobacco Health Disparities

On Dec. 10-11, 2012, the American Psychological Association's (APA) Health Disparities Initiative held a meeting in Washington, D.C., entitled, "Strengthening Psychology's Role in Reducing Tobacco Health Disparities." Smoking and tobacco use are the most common preventable causes of death in the United States, and they severely impact health priority populations, such as racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. Approximately 80 invited attendees spent the two days listening to a number of informative presentations from speakers in government, academia, and professional and community organizations, and offered their own recommendations on how APA and psychologists can reduce the rates of smoking and tobacco use in underserved, vulnerable populations. 

Throughout the meeting, participants and speakers offered their recommendations on best practices for reducing tobacco health disparities in priority populations, and ideas for improving dissemination of those best practices. These recommendations will be compiled and used to create a dissemination action plan for APA, so that more can be done by psychologists to reduce the rates of smoking and tobacco use, and ultimately the rate of tobacco-related deaths, in health disparities populations. 

A meeting agenda with links to presentations is available on the tobacco meeting documentation page.