Network for Tobacco Control Among Women in Antioquia, Colombia

colombia-tobaccoPrincipal Investigator: Isabel C. Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH – University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Co-Investigators:

  • Isabel C. Garces-Palacio, DrPH, MPH, Principal Investigator – Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Sergio Cristancho – Marulanda, Ph.D., Investigator – Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Project Period: 09/01/16 – 08/31/18

Sponsor: National Institute of Health (R21TW010637)

Location: Colombia

An understanding of women and their tobacco-related issues, as well as the need for the development of gender-relevant tobacco control efforts, have been highlighted as priorities in landmark guiding documents (e.g., WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – WHO FCTC, Kobe Declaration, the Research for International Tobacco Control [RITC] Agenda on Setting Tobacco Control Research and Priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean).

The overall purpose of the Network for Tobacco Control among Women in Antioquia, Colombia is to establish community and institutional capacity to promote gender-relevant tobacco control efforts among Colombian women. The goals of the “Network” are to reduce tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke among women in Antioquia. These goals will be accomplished utilizing the principles of Community-Based Participatory Research and the Empowerment Model, and will be guided by a multi-level approach that will address four target levels: individuals, organizational systems, policy makers, and agents of change through the major components of tobacco control across the lifespan (prevention, cessation, environmental tobacco exposure, and policy).

The specific aims are: (1) to establish a network that will lead to effective partnerships between the community-at-large, public system, academic institutions, and policy makers to develop comprehensive tobacco control programs targeting Colombian women in Antioquia; (2) to promote capacity building in tobacco control among women in the targeted regions across Antioquia; (3) to identify the needs and assets in the targeted regions regarding tobacco control efforts among women; (4) to develop a culturally relevant Community Action Plan addressing tobacco control based on the results from Aims 1 through 3; (4) to build research capacity among academicians, professionals, and students from different fields by a two-day workshop focusing on team science and tobacco control among women.