LECOM Bradenton honored for tobacco cessation programming
College receives plaque from Gulf Coast South Area Health Education Center

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton was honored for its dedication and service to tobacco cessation training in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Gulf Coast South Area Health Education Center Executive Director Edna Apostol, LECOM Bradenton staff member Louise McGrath and tobacco cessation coordinator Emily Hite.

LECOM Bradenton received the 2009 Excellence Award from the Gulf Coast South Area Health Education Center (GSAHEC) during a luncheon in Sarasota, Fla.

Both College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy students gave days of community service presenting the GSAHEC's Tobacco Training and Cessation program to elementary and middle school students.

Tobacco cessation training coordinator Emily Hite said 450 LECOM students have spread the cessation message to over 1,200 students this year.

"LECOM's participation in this program has been unbelievable," Hite said. "LECOM students, faculty and staff have been instrumental in the success of the program."

During the 2007-08 Florida Legislative sessions, the Florida AHEC Network was awarded funding to educate health profession students on the dangers of tobacco use and to develop cessation programs.

March 27, 2009
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