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Representatives from the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County attend CADCA Conference in Washington, DC
February 6, 2014

February 3-6, 2014, prevention experts from Clay County attended the “Community Anti-Drug coalitions of America” (CADCA) National Leadership Forum that is held yearly in Washington D.C. During their empowering and informative trip they were provided the opportunity meet with State Legislators to discuss issues they felt were important.

Joseph O’Hern and Heather Sciartelli, from the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County, joined Ms. Sealy and Stephanie Geoghagan as representatives of Clay Action Coalition.

Clay County prevention staff met with the offices of Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio and also met with Representative Ted Yoho personally to discuss their success in Clay County.

Clay County Prevention Staff meet Rep. Ted Yoho
From L to R: Joey O'Hern (Clay County Tobacco Prevention Specialist), Ms. Sealy (Clay Action Coalition), Representative Ted Yoho, and Heather Sciartelli (Clay County SWAT Coordinator)

Not only were staff able to meet with elected officials they also took part in educational presentations such as, “Youth Activism: How To Be Fierce and Effective In Tobacco Control” and “New Products, Old Flavors: Addressing Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products and Menthol” among others.

“We’ve been able to meet with our local Legislators before to educate them on emerging issues in tobacco prevention so becoming able to meet with our Legislators on a more national level really provided a great opportunity to educate them and their offices on issues they may not be as familiar with such as the dangers of electronic cigarettes.”, commented O’Hern who serves as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for Clay County.

For more information on the Clay Action Coalition, visit their Facebook Page.