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Grant Number: 7R01CA086199-05 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Buller, David
Organization: Klein Buendel, Inc.
Project Title: Web Based Support-Community Tobacco Control Coalitions
Fiscal Year: 2003
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Abstract

Internet, web-based communications technology has the potential to improve technical assistance to local coalitions working on health promotion and disease control. A collaborative project between the AMC Cancer Research Center, Colorado ASSIST Study, and the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Colorado is proposed. It will test whether a web-based technical assistance program on community tobacco control can be used effectively by state tobacco control professionals and local tobacco control coalition members to achieve gains in community tobacco control. The two-phase project will involve communities throughout Colorado. In Phase I, we will (a) conduct a community needs analysis of eligible Colorado cities to identify current tobacco control plans and activities, and technical assistance needs; (b) produce the web-based technical assistance program containing on-line training courses, an on-line resource center, an on-line self- assessment for local coalitions, and interactive communication features to link local coalitions and state tobacco control professionals; (c) test the website for usability; and (d) identify six existing local tobacco control coalitions funded by ASSIST and form 14 new coalitions for the randomized trial. In Phase II, the web-based technical assistance program will be evaluated in a randomized, controlled trial, in 20 matched pairs of cities in Colorado. The primary outcome will be changes in local tobacco control policy by government, business, and homes. A multi-level composite policy score will be based on interviews with samples of elected officials, business owners/managers, and residents and analysis of written tobacco control policies in participating cities. Secondary outcomes will include measures of support for tobacco control policies and assessments of coalition functioning, including analysis of newspaper articles/editorials on tobacco control. The tertiary outcome will be changes in prevalence of tobacco use (smoking and smokeless tobacco). All interviews will be conducted by telephone. In addition, we will test whether changes in intervention cities are associated with baseline readiness to adopt tobacco control policies and whether secular changes in tobacco control policies in control cities are predicted by baseline readiness to adopt, similarity, proximity, and contact with intervention cities, and exposure to tobacco control information, including newspaper articles/editorials on tobacco control.

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Publications

Supporting tobacco control: stimulating local newspaper coverage with a technical assistance website for local coalitions.
Authors: Buller DB, Bettinghaus EP, Helme D, Young WF, Borland R, Maloy JA, Cutter GR, Andersen PA, Walther JB
Source: Health Promot Pract, 2011 Nov;12(6 Suppl 2), p. 186S-94S.
PMID: 22068581
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Continued benefits of a technical assistance web site to local tobacco control coalitions during a state budget shortfall.
Authors: Buller DB, Young WF, Bettinghaus EP, Borland R, Walther JB, Helme D, Andersen PA, Cutter GR, Maloy JA
Source: J Public Health Manag Pract, 2011 Mar-Apr;17(2), p. E10-9.
PMID: 21297404
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Predictors of government officials' support for youth tobacco control policies.
Authors: Andersen PA, Buller DB, Voeks JH, Borland R, Helme D, Bettinghaus EP
Source: J Public Health Manag Pract, 2007 Nov-Dec;13(6), p. 621-9.
PMID: 17984717
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The effect of endorsement by local opinion leaders and testimonials from teachers on the dissemination of a web-based smoking prevention program.
Authors: Buller DB, Young WF, Fisher KH, Maloy JA
Source: Health Educ Res, 2007 Oct;22(5), p. 609-18.
EPub date: 2006 Oct 20.
PMID: 17056647
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Predictors of support for environmental tobacco smoke bans in state government.
Authors: Andersen PA, Buller DB, Voeks JH, Borland R, Helme D, Bettinghaus EP, Young WF
Source: Am J Prev Med, 2006 Apr;30(4), p. 292-9.
PMID: 16530615
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