California Tobacco Control Program Health Equity Summit Planning and Facilitation

California Department of Public Health

Project Years: 2022-2023

The California Department of Public Health’s California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) was setting their health equity priorities related to tobacco control in California. CTCP needed support in two areas: (1) planning and implementing a Health Equity Summit and (2) writing a Health Equity Plan. Both tasks involved close collaboration with CTCP and stakeholders in tobacco control from across the state. The project paid special attention to CTCP’s “priority populations,” which include various groups disproportionately impacted by tobacco, such as people who are American Indian or Alaskan Native, people who are Black/African American, people who are LGBTQ+, people with mental health or substance use disorders, and people living in rural areas.

In this one-year project, Facente Consulting will facilitate workgroup meetings to inform Summit participants and activities, and be responsible for agenda-setting, note-taking, and Summit materials development. In September 2022, FC will facilitate the two-day in-person Summit in Sacramento with stakeholders in tobacco control. Following the Summit, FC will write and revise a Health Equity Plan, taking into account Summit findings (including post-Summit surveys) and learnings from listening sessions with priority population representatives. The plan will be accompanied by a one-pager of key Summit findings and a theory of change demonstrating how Plan priorities could lead to meaningful progress in health equity.