Conference 2014

CEASE Annual Conference

Under the CEASE initiative, Morgan State University and its community partners held their first annual conference in November. The theme of the event was “Many Voices, One Goal: Communities Partnering against Tobacco.” Approximately 200 tobacco cessation researchers, students and community leaders attended the conference held on Morgan State University’s campus on Saturday, November 8th. They celebrated the long partnership between Morgan State and the communities of Baltimore City, learned about other community efforts to reduce tobacco use, and planned the further development and dissemination of CEASE’s tobacco cessation and prevention activities. Featured speakers included: Morgan State President David Wilson; Congressman John Sarbanes; Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey; Director of the Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Dr. Donald Shell; Region III Minority Health Coordinator from the Office of Minority Health, Captain Elijah Martin; Deputy Director of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Matthew Celentano; nicotine researcher Dr. Jack Henningfield; Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program at the University of California, Dr. Phillip Gardiner; Chief of the DHMH Division of State Tobacco Control Initiatives, Dr. Lawrence Carter; and Bishop Douglas Miles from the Koinonia Baptist Church.

This day-long conference, 25 scientists from across the country (including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco), and from Mexico City, presented their research either as part of a panel or a poster presentation. Local youth groups from the Connexions Leadership Academy and the YES! (Youth Encouraging Success) team provided health-related performances. The Conference Planning Committee that managed this highly acclaimed event included representatives from Fusion Partnerships, the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, West Baltimore CARE, the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control of the Maryland DHMH, the University of Maryland Carey Law School’s Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Morgan State’s School of Community Health and Policy, CEASE Peer Motivators and SWAB members.