The Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County is a coalition of community members actively working to change the perception among local youth that tobacco use is a normal activity. The group consists of a wide array of adults from both the public and private sector, local youth leaders, and members of the general public.
The work of the Partnership is supported by a Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Grant through the Florida Department of Health / Tobacco Free Florida.
The local fiscal agent for the Partnership is the QuitDoc Foundation.
What we offer:
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County coordinates tobacco prevention efforts throughout Levy County. The primary goal of the group is to create local tobacco-free policies.
Such policy change does not occur overnight. There is a huge educational component that is required to foster policy change. The Tobacco Free Partnership conducts a wide variety of community outreach and educational programs designed to explain the importance... and the need... for new, stricter tobacco free policies.
The Partnership also fosters youth involvement. Using tobacco control as the model, the Partnership raises youth leaders from local schools and youth organizations. These leaders help to drive the policy change by providing some of the community outreach and educational programs.
Membership is open to all anyone interested in working on the mission and goals of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County. You can join the Partnership by completing the attached Membership Application.
Our organization is guided by a set of Bylaws, with an additional charter that is updated each year. Our approved bylaws for the current fiscal year are available here. Our approved charter for the current fiscal year is available here.
The current officers of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County include:
- Chair: Cindy Austin, School Board of Levy County, Bronson SWAT Advisor
- Vice-Chair: Mary Phillips, School Board of Levy County, Chiefland SWAT Advisor
- Youth Vice-Chair: Jordan Marlett, Statewide SWAT Youth Advocacy Board member and Levy SWAT Representative
- Secretary: Jamey Mullin, SWAT Member
- Partnership Facilitator: Kristina Zachry, QuitDoc Foundation
807-B SW 3rd Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471