Anti-tobacco groups form new coalitions
Debbie Fischer, who runs the Rock County Youth2Youth program, says the state legislature cut 55% of the funding for tobacco control and prevention efforts to help plug the budget deficit. The programs funded by that money have had to adapt to the new environment by combining resources.
What used to be 42 anti-tobacco coalitions in the state have now been combined into 13 "multi-jurisdictional coalitions." Rock County is the lead agency for the five county "Southwest Alliance for Tobacco Control."
Fischer says the groups are also looking for other ways to operate more efficiently. She says her group is using teleconferencing and webinars rather than driving to meetings.
The counties joining Rock in the Southwest Alliance are Green, Grant, Lafayette, and Iowa.