Secretary Eric Friedlander Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Secretary Eric Friedlander
Eric Friedlander is the former chief resiliency officer for Metro Louisville government and currently serves as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services. Friedlander earned a B.A. from Antioch College then came back to Kentucky to begin a decades-long career of service to Kentuckians.
As cabinet secretary, Friedlander draws upon his financial acumen to lead a $17.5 billion cabinet that serves every Kentucky citizen in some capacity through its 93 agencies, departments, branches and functions, including the departments for Public Health; Medicaid Services; Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities; Community Based Services; and Aging & Independent Living as well as the Office of the Inspector General; Serve Kentucky; and World Languages Association-certified translations and American Sign Language.
Committed to major social services and population health policies and programs that aim to transform the health and well-being of Kentuckians, he is a champion of all citizens and the more than 8,000 cabinet employees. In 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Friedlander to lead the largest cabinet in Kentucky state government. Through the years, Friedlander has led or worked in all major departments in the cabinet. He is a lifelong Kentuckian, venturing away only to attend college. He is fond of traveling and has visited all 120 Kentucky counties.
14-04-22 09:15 am
FDA Regulation of E-cigarettes
Willow Anderson Public Health Law Center
Willow Najjar Anderson provides legal technical assistance nationally to support tobacco control policy. As a part of the Center's FDA project, she works with state, Tribal, and national public health experts to inform and encourage the FDA to enact sound and equitable policies for the protection of public health. Willos ia former Assistant Attorney General having tried cases in almost every Minnesota County including successful lawsuits against insurance companies for the denial of mental health treatment to adolescents. In private practice, she represented injured railway workers in litigation that resulted in the release of industry documents covering up wrongful deaths and injuries. Her international work has included trial skills training, interrogation, and persuasive advocacy in Botswana, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and Turkey. She is a Minnesota Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Neutral.
B.A., University of Minnesota, with honors, Student Representative to the Board of Regents
J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law, with honors, Presidential Leadership Award for Negotiations
Mikael Merissa Public Health Law Center
Mikael Merissa, JD is a Staff Attorney on the commercial tobacco team at the Public Health Law Center. He works on the Center’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) project which seeks to support local, state, and national stakeholders as they work on laws and policies designed to reduce the harm of commercial tobacco systems, in ways that advance health equity goals. Before joining the Center, Mike worked in private practice in the areas of immigration, family law and criminal defense after a short stint at the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul and is a parent of three kids and two dogs. In whatever time is left he is desperately trying to finish his first novel.
Education B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
Describe the FDA’s premarket review of e-cigarettes.
Analyze the impacts of FDA premarket review of e-cigarettes
Discuss next steps for e-cigarette regulation.
14-04-22 10:15 am
14-04-22 10:30 am
Tobacco Industry Tactics: Cigar Bar Amendment Attempts in Kentucky
Onjewel Smith American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
Onjewel Smith has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years helping organizations and communities build their capacity for sustainable change. She has provided technical assistance on grassroots advocacy, coalition building, strategic planning, and fundraising. Throughout her career, Onjewel has helped develop strategic alliances between local coalitions, community-based organizations, stakeholders, and decision-makers. She currently serves as the Southern States Strategist to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
Rebecca Hollenbach Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness
Rebecca Hollenbach, MPH is an executive administrator in the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness' Center for Health Equity. For the department, she coordinates work for the Academic Health Department which aims to increase student participation and health department capacity to conduct research through a health equity lens, the Equity Infrastructure Team that looks at increasing the overall capacity to make internal decisions, policies and programs more equitable, and of course, the policy team which has been involved in numerous policies, including the recent cigar bar exemption. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Ursinus College in Biology and French, and her Master of Public Health from Emory University in Behavioral Science and Health Education with a certificate in Socio-contextual determinants of health.
Wynona Padgett Somerset Citizen
Wynona works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, service, and community research. Before joining the Kentucky Cancer Program in September 2017, she spent 31 years in local radio. She received her BA in broadcasting/journalism from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985 and uses her media experience and communications skills to help tell KCP’s story across eastern Kentucky. She is very involved in her community where she serves as president of the Somerset Junior Woman’s Club, Ambassador for the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, and director of Watershed Arts Alliance.
Shannon Baker American Lung Association
Shannon Baker is the director of advocacy for the American Lung Association, where she works to prevent lung disease and improve lung health by advocating for proven public policies. She has held positions in both development and advocacy since joining the American Lung Association in 2016. Leveraging over 20 years of earlier career experience in government relations in the federal, state, local and international arenas, Shannon is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the public policy initiatives for the American Lung Association in Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas, as well as supporting the association’s federal policy priorities.
Dr. Timothy Mullett Markey Cancer Center
Dr. Timothy Mullett
Timothy Wm. Mullett, MD, MBA, FACS, is a professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky (UK). He received his medical degree and surgical training at the University of Florida, and has served on faculty at UK for the past 25 years. Although he has experience in cardiac surgery and transplantation, Dr. Mullett’s clinical practice and research focuses on the overwhelming burden of lung cancer in Kentucky. He is a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center – Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center – and is chair of UK’s cancer committee. This Commission on Cancer program achieved an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017. He served as CoC state chair for six years and was awarded Outstanding State Chair in 2019. In October of 2020, Dr. Mullett was installed as Chair of the Commission on Cancer.
Currently, Dr. Mullett is the medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, a program that provides high-quality cancer care closer to home at collaborating centers through specialty services, education and outreach programs. He also serves as medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a collaborative network of sites that conducts a portfolio of high priority trials including therapeutic oncology trials and interventional and non-interventional studies appropriate for community centers.
Describe attempts to amend smoke-free ordinances in Somerset and Louisville to exempt cigar bars.
Compare and contrast potential impacts of cigar bar amendments to smoke-free laws.
Discuss successful advocacy strategies and messaging frames in combating these amendments.
14-04-22 11:30 am
Join your colleagues in the Networking Hall to discuss one of the following:
Adult Tobacco Treatment
Youth Tobacco Prevention and Treatment
Tobacco Control Policy
Tobacco Control Media Brainstorm
14-04-22 12:00 pm
14-04-22 01:00 pm
KCSP Awards Ceremony
Lee T. Todd, Jr. 2022 Smoke-free Hero Award
Louisville Metro Council
City of Somerset
Everette Varney 2022 Smoke-free Indoor Air Excellence Award
Owsley County Fiscal Court
City of Beattyville
14-04-22 01:30 pm
Adult Mentors Engaging Youth in Advocacy
Kim Homer Vagadori California Youth Advocacy Network
Kim Homer Vagadori
Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH is the Project Director for the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN). In tobacco control for 20 years, she is a national expert on youth and young adult engagement, smoke/tobacco-free college and university policy advocacy, and tobacco industry sponsorship issues and has successfully coordinated systemwide policy initiatives in California. Ms. Homer Vagadori also provides technical assistance and training to local, state, and national organizations on issues such as tobacco and the environment, emerging tobacco products, campus-based cessation services, and tobacco industry targeting of youth and young adults.
Lauren Williams McCracken County High School
Lauren Williams is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at McCracken County High School. Her FCCLA chapter has led an advocacy campaign to reduce teen usage of e-cigarettes which have become a major problem for youth in their school and schools across the nation. Williams and her students have gained national recognition when McCracken FCCLA members spoke at a press conference held by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. They sat in the House Gallery and watched the bill be debated and passed. They have worked closely with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Williams has integrated their curriculum into her classes.
Describe characteristics of an effective local youth program and the best practices for youth engagement.
Analyze best practices for recruiting and mentoring youth participants to initiate and sustain a youth coalition.
Describe local, state, and national level student engagement opportunities.
14-04-22 02:30 pm
14-04-22 02:45 pm
Growing Local Coalitions to Advance Public Health
Dr. Jenny Lawlor Life Span Institute, University of Kansas
Dr. Jenny Lawlor
Dr. Jennifer Lawlor serves as Associate Researcher in the Center for Community Health and Development. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in ecological-community psychology from Michigan State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lawlor works closely with communities addressing issues related health and development to evaluate and monitor their work. Her research focuses on how communities share information and collaborate to manage complex problems, particularly within coalitions and community change efforts. She has published numerous academic articles and book chapters to disseminate lessons learned from this work. Dr. Lawlor also studies how tools from complexity science and systems thinking can improve the understanding of social issues. Specifically, she explores how these tools can be applied in problem definition, program design, and evaluation contexts. She has collaborated with partners working in multiple domains, including substance abuse, postsecondary attainment, early childhood service systems, and local and regional food systems in her work.
Melissa Phillips Lincoln Trail District Health Department
Melissa Phillips is a Harm Reduction Specialist with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department (LTDHD). She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Kentucky University in 1995. She began her career with the Health Department in 2005 as a Health Educator. At this time, Melissa also serves as the Tobacco Coordinator and Public Information Officer for the six county district covered by LTDHD. In her 17 years in public health, Melissa has served in leadership roles in several community coalitions. One of her passions is bringing smoke free protections to all six counties in her service area. Melissa is married with three daughters and resides in Hardin County.
Describe how to create and maintain coalitions and partnerships.
Analyze the barriers and facilitators to growing local coalitions.
Discuss communications that promote interest and encourage involvement by coalition members
14-04-22 03:45 pm
Colmon Elridge BREATHE Board Member
Colmon Elridge, 40, currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategy for the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, a national education nonprofit. In this role, Colmon is responsible for the strategic direction of the multi-million dollar organization, as well as heading up the organization's focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Colmon worked with Kentucky’s educators in championing investments in our children, educators, and public education as the Director of Government Relations for the Kentucky Education Association.
Colmon also served as the Executive Assistant and Senior Advisor to Governor Steve Beshear from 2007-2015. In that role, Colmon not only worked daily with the Governor, but was entrusted by Governor Beshear with a portfolio that included education, children’s health care, the day-to-day operations of the Governor’s office, and oversight of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
In recognition of his work, Colmon has been awarded several honors including being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) by the United States Jaycees and one of the Twenty Outstanding Young People of the World by the International Jaycees. This honor has been awarded to Presidents Bill Clinton and Joe Biden as well as Elvis Presley.
Colmon is originally from Cynthiana, KY, and attended Transylvania University, earning a degree in History/Education, Eastern Kentucky University, where he pursued a degree Master’s degree in Public Administration, Sullivan University, graduating with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and is currently a Doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands studying Leadership.
Colmon and his wife Victoria, are the proud parents of Shaela, a junior at Morehead State University, Colmon, a sixth-grade student, Carter, a fifth-grade student, and Camden who is four.