The Washington State Urban Indian Tobacco Program's tobacco prevention and cessation goals are conducted through the collaborative work of the Seattle/King Urban Indian Tobacco Coalition and the Spokane Regional Indian Tobacco Coalition. The Coalition consists of partnering Native American/Alaska Native organizations, as well as non-Native organizations and programs who serve our population within King, Pierce, and Spokane counties.
Our Vision - American Indians and Alaska Natives are commercial tobacco-free by honoring traditions and spiritual values to achieve wellness.
The Mission for the Seattle/King Coalition is to reduce tobacco-related health disparities within the urban American Indian/Alaska Native population of Washington State.
The Tobacco-Free Message is to Breathe Life Into Our Traditions - Tobacco Free
The Mission for the Spokane Coalition is to prevent and reduce non-traditional tobacco use by Urban Native Americans within the Spokane region in collaboration with tribal tobacco programs.
The Tobacco-Free Message is Preventing Abuse by Honoring Traditions
5 Year Strategic Plan Underway
The Spokane and Seattle Coalitions have completed a 3-Year Strategic Plan from SFY 2005-2008. During the current SFY of 2009, they have developed a 5 Year Strategic plan which will cover SFY's 2010-2015. This plan was initiated at the September 2008 Leadership Institute and was designed to address the local needs of each of the Urban Indian communities.
The goals to address tobacco use among the Urban Indian communities are:
Capacity Building - Goal 1: Increase the capacity of the community partners to address Urban Indian commercial tobacco use.
Youth/Young Adult: Mobilization and Prevention - Goal 2: Engage and mobilize efforts to reduce commercial tobacco initiation and access among youth and young adults.
Policy Development - Goal 3: Develop and implement policies among organizations that reduce commercial tobacco usage.
Raising Awareness - Goal 4: Raise awareness of commercial tobacco issues.
Increasing Access - Goal 5: Increase access to cessation services.
Highlights of our collaborative work to date are:
For more information about these tobacco prevention and cessation efforts, please contact:
To join the Washington State Urban Indian Tobacco Coalition:
If you and/or your organization would like to join the Washington State Urban Indian Tobacco Coalition, please feel free to contact Robyn Pebeahsy at the number listed above.