Nine Texas community agencies are currently funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to implement comprehensive community-based tobacco prevention and control coalitions in 13 counties. The funded communities include: The Coalition, Inc. (Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties), Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (Galveston County), Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse-Coastal Bend (Nueces County), East Texas Council on Drugs and Alcohol Coalitions (Red River, Rusk and Lamar Counties), Brazos County Tobacco Free Together (Brazos County) UNIDAD Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition (Hildago County), Waller County Alliance for Lifestyle Choices (Waller County), Tobacco Free Waxahachie (Ellis County), Wichita Falls Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition (Wichita County). The map also shows the five 2008-13 TPCC coalitions and the original comprehensive coalition pilot site in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas.
Local evaluators from the 13 communities, the cross-community evaluators from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), and DSHS program staff comprise the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition (TPCC) Evaluation Team. The UT-Austin evaluators provide technical assistance to local evaluators on cross-community studies to ensure uniform data collection, data analysis, and reporting at State and community levels. Local community evaluators meet on a quarterly basis and are responsible for the following:
Local evaluators collaborate with community program coordinators and the local Epidemiological Workgroup to collect, summarize, and distribute evaluation findings. Each evaluator is also encouraged to develop an optional local evaluation study that supplements the cross community evaluation. The purpose of each evaluation, determined by the local coalition, ranges from documenting the unique circumstances influencing program implementation to further examination of short term outcomes not measured by the cross community evaluation.
The Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team also convenes and manages the Texas Tobacco Epidemiology Workgroup. The workgroup membership includes representatives from the Department of State Health Services, the Comptroller’s Office, Alere Wellbeing- which operates the Texas Tobacco Quitline, Texas A&M University, Texas Education Agency, and other organizations. This workgroup meets twice a year to provide input and comment on the state and community level evaluation efforts.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Community Tobacco Prevention and Control Toolkit is a resource to help communities take action to implement comprehensive community-based tobacco prevention and control.