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Changing College Environments to Prevent and Treat Tobacco Use

Community Science has started work with the Legacy Foundation on projects related to tobacco prevention and cessation on college campuses throughout the U.S. Through a multi-organizational collaborative consisting of Legacy and nine partner organizations, the Tobacco Free Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative seeks to support HBCUs in developing and implementing comprehensive policies for tobacco-free campuses. Community Science will evaluate this initiative by 1) providing a culturally responsive evaluation for the Tobacco Free HBCU Initiative that will consider the unique features of historically Black colleges; and 2) using culturally appropriate assessment tools to evaluate the unique characteristics of HBCUs.

The Community College Initiative will also support tobacco-free and smoke-free policies on community college campuses. Using a mixed method, multilevel process and outcome evaluation, Community Science aims to better understand: policy implementation across community college sites; the usefulness of technical assistance and other supports provided to community colleges; and successes achieved throughout the project.

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