2022 NMACTion Annual Conference

April 27th and April 28th

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Free to attend!

Rejuvenation: Shame-Free Nicotine Prevention in Our Communities

Join us for two days of meaningful and relevant workshops and activities, and for the networking that will be facilitated – our industry doesn’t often have this opportunity to come together for this degree of diverse education topics and discussion.  The 3 tracks this year include:

◊ Hispanic/Latino Priority Population

◊ Health Equity in Commercial Tobacco Prevention/Control

◊ Policy and Advocacy in Public Health

2022 NMACTion Conference Objectives:

  • Increase understanding and awareness about commercial tobacco & nicotine disparities specific to priority populations by deepening our understanding of prevention and cessation in Latino/Latinx communities.
  • Learn more about innovative ways to apply practice-informed policies and initiatives through a public health equity lens for a healthier New Mexico.

CEUs will be provided…stay tuned for details.

2022 NMACTion Conference KEYNOTES!

Hershel Walker Clark, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, received his Bachelor of Science degree in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University and earned his Master of Public Health degree from University of Arizona. For the past eight years, Mr. Clark has worked in tobacco control and prevention as a public health researcher, advocate, and advisor. Mr. Clark’s professional experience has allowed him to understand the needs, challenges, and triumphs that American Indians face, specifically when it comes to tobacco control concerns. Mr. Clark help led the passing of the “Navajo Niłch' Éí Bee Ííná — Air is Life Act of 2021”, a comprehensive commercial tobacco smoke-free policy for the Navajo Nation. Mr. Clark believes the use of tobacco is sacred for many Indigenous tribes and must be reclaim through western and traditional approaches that include comprehensive commercial tobacco policies throughout Indian Country. Mr. Clark currently is the Program Manager for the Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education and Prevention Project, a non-profit organization to address commercial tobacco and prevention in the Navajo Nation.

Ana-Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., is a University of Rochester Medical Center Professor of Public Health Sciences and Oncology and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s first Associate Director of Community Outreach, Engagement and Disparities. Cupertino leads efforts to strengthen and expand Wilmot’s research and connections across its 27-county catchment area in upstate New York. A social behavioral scientist, Cupertino has focused her research on health disparities in underserved and minority communities, primarily among Latinos and immigrants. Much of her work has been in tobacco control, improving smoking cessation and access to cessation treatments using a community-based approach. She also serves as a member of the Medical Center Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and the UR Community Engagement Committee. As part of both efforts, Cupertino seeks to bring additional resources, infrastructure and opportunities to build a community-based research program in collaboration with UR departments, divisions and centers. Throughout her career, she has had more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and she has been continuously funded for her research since 2003.