Message from the Director - Dr. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati

Posted on December 12, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I extend a warm holiday greeting from everyone here at TEAM Lab! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you in the field for a terrific 2011. All of us here at TEAM Lab acknowledge our accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts and support you, our partners in the field, have provided. You have contributed outstanding materials, read our partners posts, filled out our surveys, reviewed educational materials, requested technical assistance and participated in our training webinars. The following are highlights of some of our accomplishments this year.

We are so proud of our ALL STARS. This year a total of 41 agencies submitted their completed materials to TEAM Lab. Consequently, 17 of those materials have been included for national dissemination in the TECC catalog. For instance, Sutter County Tobacco Control Program submitted a piece dealing with smoke free outdoor areas. This has become a popular item in the TECC catalog. Glenn County Health Services submitted a piece dealing with secondhand smoke multi-unit housing which also has been well received by TECC catalog users. The Fooled fact card, developed by Shasta County, has recently been released in the TECC catalog. We anticipate that this material will be a strong seller. The innovation and creativity we have seen in materials submitted has been truly outstanding. We also want to point out that some excellent materials have been submitted that did not make it into TECC for national distribution. It is important to note that these and ALL materials that we receive are catalogued in the ROVER library and made available to all CTCP agencies as a resource and guide for further materials development. In addition these materials are often of great use to particular projects locally. We thank you all for your efforts that are important to the tobacco control movement. The materials you submit contribute to the body of knowledge, best practices and tools that are necessary to continue to reduce the human and economic toll taken by tobacco.

Needs Assessment
We would also like to thank all of our partners in the field that completed our needs assessment. This year, 111 surveys were completed. Your feedback gave us valuable information on the topics of material needed, as well as the audiences they are needed for, how we could help you with your materials development, the types of trainings you need such as, materials for multiunit housing, materials development for emergent technology, etc. Your recommendations helped TEAM Lab set our priorities on the types of materials that need to be developed/revised and also helped guide the types of trainings that would benefit CTCP-funded agencies. So thank you so much for helping us to navigate our efforts to be most helpful to your needs. We really appreciate the time and effort it takes to complete the assessment. We are truly grateful for your feedback.

Training Webinars
This year we have conducted eight training webinars and five training webisodes. These have hosted 522 participants! We have been responsive to your topics of interest requested via our needs assessment. The webinar topics have included: use of photovoice, adaptations for health literacy, field testing, conducting focus groups, cultural considerations, and social media for novices and for advanced users. In particular, we want to thank Amelia Silbert-Geiger from CYAN, and Michael Villaire from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement for their collaboration with our webinars on social media and health literacy.

Technical Assistance
In 2011, TEAM Lab handled 120 technical assistance efforts. We continue to offer our help to those agencies who have yet to submit their completed materials and also to those agencies that are currently working on educational materials and may need our assistance. We continue to advertise our services on Prop 99 calls, our blog, website, during our webinars, when we attend coalition meetings etc. If you have upcoming meetings of your coalitions or other and would like for us to attend and talk about how TEAM Lab can be of service, do not hesitate to contact us.

In Gratitude
Also, we want to take this opportunity to thank our Materials Review Committee, the members of our African American toolkit committee, and the Hispanic/Latino Casino toolkit committee for their outstanding work this year. These committees have reviewed twenty-two pieces of materials submitted, provided extensive feedback on a variety of areas, and made important contributions to the development of materials appropriate for national level distribution via the TECC catalogue. They have also identified the focus and content of our upcoming tool kits. We are very grateful to them for their contributions (a list of members is provided below). We would also like to thank all the various staff at CTCP for their continued support of the work we do.

In the coming year, 2012 you can expect to see our annual needs assessment again, so we can keep ourselves up to date with the changing needs in the field. We are excited as we look towards 2012 filled with new ideas and perspectives including webinars and tutorials on digital storytelling, analyzing Photovoice data, developing materials with a cost-effective approach, submitting materials to TEAM Lab, and a website open house to introduce you to the improvements we have made to the website to better serve you. Following all trainings we will also appreciate you completing our satisfaction surveys as our goal is to continue meeting any changing needs to your satisfaction. TEAM Lab is here to support you in your work on materials development and we want to make our services as responsive as possible to your needs.

On behalf of the entire team we send you our, best wishes for a happy holiday and may 2012 bring great joy to your lives and your work. THANK YOU!

Material Review Committee Members
Christopher Anderson
Kimberly Bankston-Lee
DeAnne Blankenship
Narinder Dhaliwal
Pat Etem (Chair)
Marlene Gomez
Colleen Haydon
Evi Hernandez
Viki Ornelas

TOOL KITS committee Members
Carol McGruder
Julie Waters
Audrey Smith
Statice Wilmore
Pat Etem
Steven Henderson
Evi Hernandez
Narinder Dhaliwal
Char Day
Claradina Soto

TEAM LAB staff
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
Darrah Goo Kuratani
Yaneth Rodriguez
Christine Ricohermoso
Rosa Barahona
Crystal Kynard-Amerson
Chantel Ponder

CTCP PC: Eugenio Garcia

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