Advocating for proven tobacco use prevention policies through statewide partnerships


CONVERGENCE: Weaving partnerships and education to transform community norms through tobacco policy

Join us on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid for the 2019 New Mexico ACTion Conference. This year’s conference features keynote and general sessions, networking, specialty tribal, multi-unit housing, and university education tracks, plus an awards luncheon recognizing our state’s tobacco control leaders.

STIPENDS AVAILABLE! Full stipends are available for mileage and hotel. You may apply for stipends on the registration form.

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For more information about the conference, sponsorships, etc., please contact Suzanne Lawson at

2018 NM ACTion Conference Logo

The goals of the 2019 NM ACTion Conference are:

  • To engage non-traditional community partners in tobacco control policy efforts state-wide.
  • To understand how public health models can be utilized in tobacco control policy efforts in New Mexico.

Further, each of our specialty tracks have their respective goals:

Multi-Unit Housing:

  • To educate property managers, owners, and industry stakeholders on the tobacco prevention regulations and policies around the nation that impact MUH.
  • To educate property managers, owners, and industry stakeholders on tobacco prevention in the state of New Mexico within the MUH industry.
  • To honor and recognize industry champions of MUH Smoke-Free policies within the state of New Mexico.


  • To honor, respect, and value the importance of sacred and ceremonial practices of tobacco among Native Americans.
  • To acknowledge history and its implications to address "policy".
  • To motivate participants to take action supporting commercial tobacco-free communities.


  • Increase New Mexico College Campus communities’ efficacy to implement tobacco-free policies.
  • Educate and inform college communities what a tobacco-free campus is.
  • Promote and inform New Mexico college communities of best practices on implementation of tobacco-free campuses. 

For more information about these goals, please contact Suzanne Lawson at


2019 NM ACTion Conference Agenda
Additional information coming soon.

Monday, May 6

9 - 9:30 a.m.
Check-in and at-the-door registration

9:30 - 11 a.m.
General Session

11 - 11:15 a.m.
Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Track Sessions

Multi-Unit Housing: HUD Rule for Multi-Unit Housing/What's Happening in Multi-Unit Housing in New Mexico, presented by Thomas Carr, American Lung Association, and Rebecca Padilla, American Lung Association

Tribal: Traditional Tobacco, presented by Celestino Gachupin

University: Identifying Best Practices, presented by Kyle Smith

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Networking Break

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Awards Luncheon
Join us for the American Lung Association's Thomas Carr's Keynote Address, Utilizing National Partners to Mobilize Community Partners, followed by an awards ceremony recognizing MFA, JL Grey, the Bernalillo Housing Authority, and the Health Education Department at the University of New Mexico for their actions in tobacco control in 2018.

2 - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Break

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Track Sessions

Multi-Unit Housing: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, presented by the Mortgage Finance Authority

Tribal: Policy Rez Cafe, presented by Janna Vallo, and Michele Suina

University: Offering Cessation, presented by Kyle Smith

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Track Sessions

Multi-Unit Housing: Housing Implementation of the HUD Rule, presented by HUD

Tribal: Indigenous Data Sovereignty, presented by Michele Suina

University: Signage and Marketing, presented by Kyle Smith

Tuesday, May 7

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Check-in and at-the-door registration

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
General Session

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Track Sessions

Multi-Unit Housing: Dealing with Infractions, presented by Attorney Gene Vance

Tribal: Action Panel, facilitated by Janna Vallo, and featuring Joseph Blazer, Vernon Saiz, and Margaret Merrill

University: Ambassadorship, presented by Kyle Smith

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Networking Break

11:45 - 1 p.m.
Track Sessions

Multi-Unit Housing: How to Support Residents with Cessation, presented by Rebecca Padilla, American Lung Association, and the Las Vegas Pubic Housing Authority

Tribal: To be announced

University: Policy Maintenance, presented by Kyle Smith

1 - 1:15 p.m.
Networking Break

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
General Session: ACTion Planning and World Cafe with Closing Remarks by Lt. Governor Howie Morales (invited)


The New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco is pleased to announce our presenters for the 2019 NM ACTion Conference:

Joseph Blazer

Thomas A. Carr
National Director, Policy
American Lung Association

Thomas Carr has been the National Director, Policy at the American Lung Association since October 2010. In this role, he directs state and local tobacco control policy efforts for the Lung Association, including on smokefree housing, and is the primary author/editor of the Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report. He also oversees the American Lung Association’s State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues project, an online database/website of state tobacco control laws. Mr. Carr is one of the country’s most knowledgeable experts on state tobacco control laws and policies. He has a B.A. in political science from Gettysburg College.

Celestino Gachupin


Las Vegas Public Housing Authority

Margaret Merrill

Mortgage Finance Authority

Rebecca Padilla, American Lung Association

Vernon Saiz

Kyle Smith

Michele Suina

Janna Vallo
Commercial Tobacco Control and Prevention Coordinator, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

Janna Vallo is from the Pueblo of Acoma. She is the Commercial Tobacco Control and Prevention Coordinator under the CDC Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program at AASTEC. Janna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Counseling and Educational Psychology from New Mexico State University. She is currently enrolled at the University of New Mexico Public Administration Graduate Program. Janna is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Previous to working at AASTEC, Janna coordinated the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program in three NM Pueblos, where she worked with the community coalitions implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework to change norms around youth substance use. Janna has worked in the field of Commercial Tobacco Prevention, is a commissioned officer through the FDA for Tobacco Advertising, and Chairs the Southwest Tribal Tobacco Coalition in providing network and training opportunities for Tribal communities seeking to build their capacity around Commercial Tobacco Prevention.

Gene Vance


The 2019 NM ACTion Conference will be at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid.

Click here to book your room online for a special conference rate of $94 per room per night. Please note that a limited number of rooms are available at this rate, and rooms must be booked no later than April 25, 2019. Stipends are available to reimburse attendees for hotel and mileage costs, and can be applied for during event registration.


NM ACTion Conference Meeting Files will be available following the Conference.