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Karla S. Sneegas, MPH, will join Texans Standing Tall at our Statewide Summit on May 1-2, 2017 to discuss Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tobacco funding recommendations for states. Sneegas serves as the Branch Chief, Program Services Branch, Office on Smoking and Health at CDC. She joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2012. In this role she is manages CDC’s National Tobacco Control Program to implement evidence-based best practices for tobacco control to States, Territories, Tribes, and National Networks.
Prior to her CDC appointment, Ms. Sneegas served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission for the Indiana State Department of Health. She also provided leadership to the state and national tobacco control movement, serving as the chair of the Executive Committee of the national Tobacco Control Network. Her leadership in the tobacco control movement has extended for many years. In 2001 she began serving as Executive Director for the Indiana Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Executive Board. She developed and managed budgets that ranged from $11 to $32 million annually and allocated these funds according to CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. Under her oversight, staff provided grants management for over 100 community, minority, and state-grantees, including grant reviews, oversight, training, and technical assistance.
Ms. Sneegas received a Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She has received many awards and honors including the 2010 Slade memorial Advocacy Award from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section of the American Public Health Association.
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