Heritage Month Toolkits

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The Heritage Month Toolkit provides user friendly materials to facilitate the planning and implementation of culturally tailored tobacco control activities. The toolkit includes educational materials in the form of tailored Fact Sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and print media. Additionally, the toolkit provides access to publicly available culturally tailored resources from leading tobacco control organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control Office on Smoking and Health, the American Legacy Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and tobacco control networks such as:

  • Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL)
  • National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN)
  • National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN)
  • National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Tobacco Control Network (LGBT)
  • National Tribal Tobacco Prevention Network (NTTPN)


JANUARY - Tobacco Free Awareness Week 
FEBRUARY -  Black History and Through With Chew Week
MARCH -  Women's Health and Kick Butts Week
APRIL-  Earth Day
MAY - Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and World No Tobacco Day
JUNE - Gay and Lesbian Pride
JULY- Independence from Tobacco Addiction
AUGUST- Tobacco Growing Communities and School Policy Compliance
SEPTEMBER- Hispanic Heritage
OCTOBER- Disability Awareness 
NOVEMBER - American Indian Heritage and Great American Smokeout (GASO)
DECEMBER - Universal Human Rights


HWTF Diversity Workgroup
In January 2010 a Diversity Work Group was formed to focus on how to expand the base of tobacco prevention and cessation youth volunteers to make sure that the messages reached a diverse cross section of the community. The group met monthly to discuss the different facets of diversity and explore the need to increase cultural competence among those who work in tobacco control.

Diversity Workgroup Leadership

  • Kerry Bird, NC Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Sterling Fulton-Smith, Grants Manager, TUPC
  • Maria Girlando, RTI International


  • Kerry Bird, NC Commission of Indian Affairs


  • Sharon Berrun - Haliwa-Saponi Tribe
  • Missy Brayboy - North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
  • April Bryant - Lumbee Tribe of NC
  • Pamela Diggs - Orange County Health Department
  • Chandra Green - Question Why
  • Rachell Grounds - Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Nicole Hill - Alice Aycock Poe Center
  • Ralphel Holloman - Vance County Schools
  • Kathryn Kevin - El Pueblo, Inc.
  • Houa Lee - Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)
  • Jamie Magee-Miller - Durham County Health Department
  • Patricia Mancio - El Pueblo, Inc.
  • Rebecca Rice - Guilford County Department of Health
  • Ellen Richardson - Haliwa-Saponi Tribe
  • Barbara Wilkins - Halifax County Schools

Health and Wellness Trust Fund Staff

  • Tom Brown, Program Officer, Tobacco
  • Sterling Fulton-Smith, Grants Manager, TUPC
  • André Stanley, Grants Manager, TUPC

Workgroup Facilitator

  • Mary Council, RTI International 

The preparation of the Heritage Month Toolkit was made possible through the commitment and efforts of the Health and Wellness Trust Fund's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program Officer, Grants Managers, and Grantees. We would like to acknowledge the North Carolina Health & Wellness Trust Fund Diversity Work Group members (past and present) who conceived the idea of developing the Heritage Month Toolkit to assist tobacco control grantees in their efforts to serve diverse communities. Finally, we offer a special acknowledgement to Barri Burrus, RTI International, who provided ongoing direction to the project and RTI Creative Services for graphics, web.


Last Updated: 06-02-2014
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