Tobacco control and advocacy can be effective when community members and clinicians work in collaboration. To achieve policy, system, and environmental changes to improve chronic disease, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) links public health advocates with state AAP chapters and local and national pediatric leaders. The AAP Richmond Center offers a variety of technical assistance and tobacco control resources to help communities achieve their policy and advocacy goals. All of these resources are available through the AAP Richmond Center. The AAP Richmond Center Community Toolbox includes:




In 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services funded the AAP under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. The CPPW initiative implements evidence- and practice-based strategies based on the MAPPS (M=Media, A=Access, P=Point of decision, P=Price, S=Social support/services) strategies to decrease smoking prevalence, teen initiation of tobacco use, and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The AAP specifically supported 12 “matched” CPPW communities in 11 states across the US to achieve their tobacco control policy goals. In addition, the AAP supported communities broadly to help them meet goals and enhance their ability to address tobacco prevention and control policy and advocacy initiatives in their area.

Learn more about the Academy's community work below.

California (County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health)

California (Santa Clara County Public Health Department)

Florida (Orange County Health Department)

Illinois (Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago)

Iowa (Iowa Department of Public Health)

Massachusetts (Boston Public Health Commission)

Missouri (St. Louis County)

Oklahoma (Cherokee Nation Health Service Group)

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Department of Public Health)

Rhode Island (Rhode Island Department of Health)

South Carolina (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control)

Washington (Seattle and King County Department of Public Health)