VALPARAISO - Valparaiso University has received $277,000 to help decrease youth tobacco use rates, the adult smoking rate and to help reduce the number of people exposed to secondhand smoke.
The money, which is for 2021 to 2023, came from a community-based partnership grant from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana Department of Health.
This funding allows Valpo’s College of Nursing and Health Professions to continue implementing initiatives to meet the overall priorities of the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County (TEPCPC).
Dr. Karen Allen, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, says as the program moves forward she and her team believe young people and adults will be beneficiaries.
Valpo’s collaboration with the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County (TEPCPC) extends throughout Porter County through community education programs, access to free educational resources and support for smoke-free ordinances and policies.
Everyone is welcome to join the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County. More information on joining is available at the valpo.edu website.