Beginning in 2011 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave nearly $200 million dollars in Community Transformation Grants (CTG) to help communities design and implement programs to prevent chronic disease. California had the great fortune to be awarded multiple grants, with fourteen recipients receiving a total of $35,260,215. This funding provided an opportunity for California to take significant strides in addressing chronic diseases through efforts aimed at creating healthier communities. Despite the abrupt termination of the CTG program in the 2014 federal budget, there is much to learn and celebrate in the accomplishments and successes of California’s grantees.

This Web Forum will share some of the successes and lessons learned from three CTG sites’ tobacco free-living activities.  Efforts under this strategic direction include local strategies focused on limiting tobacco use and second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke. Join in to hear from program leads and a long time public health expert discuss what makes a successful tobacco prevention program work and how to build upon this momentum. New CDC grantees will gain valuable insight and interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to understand the impact of prevention funding in California examples.   

Any program striving towards addressing tobacco use through policy, system, and environmental changes efforts will have knowledge to glean from the experience, successes and challenges of projects from California’s CTG sites. 


Larry Cohen, MSW

Executive Director and Founder

Prevention Institute

Oakland, CA

Larry Cohen, MSW, is founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving community health and equity through effective primary prevention: building resilience and preventing illness, injury, and violence before they occur. Larry has helped to advance a deeper understanding of how community factors shape health…

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Selfa Saucedo, MPH

Manager, Health Education Unit

Ventura County Health Care Agency

Ventura, CA

Selfa Saucedo grew up in the city of San Buenaventura in Ventura County and has lived and worked there for most of her Public Health career. She is currently the manager for VCPH Health Education unit which includes Tobacco Education and Prevention, Chronic Disease Prevention programs, as well as the…

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Irene Linayao-Putman, MPH

Community Health Program Specialist, Tobacco Control Resource Program

County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, Public Health Services

San Diego, CA

Irene Linayao-Putman has a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from San Diego State University.  She is a Community Health Program Specialist at the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency in Public Health Services.  She joined the County after working at the UC…

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Terese Voge, MPA

Health Program Manager, Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs, and Violence Prevention Programs

County of Sonoma Department of Health Services

Sonoma, CA

Terese Voge, MPA has over 15 years of project management experience. She is currently managing health programs in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, and violence prevention for the County of Sonoma, Ca.  Previously, she oversaw the development of publications and curricula for an organization that provides statewide…

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Genoveva Islas, MPH

California CTG Project Coordinator

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Science with…

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