Information on the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
What is the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition?
The Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition is a membership organization with a 501 (c) (3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. It is incorporated under the laws of the state of Kansas. Membership consists of state and local agencies, professional health associations, health departments, community wellness and tobacco control coalitions, as well as a variety of individuals and other groups dedicated to tobacco prevention and cessation goals in Kansas. As part of its mission, it partners with many organizations to promote health and wellness through tobacco free policies and programs.
What is the mission?
The mission of the Coalition is to reduce the physical and economic damage caused by tobacco use, and particularly to protect Kansas children and teens from starting to use tobacco and from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Who are the members and how is it organized?
Membership is composed of both state and local agencies, professional health associations, health departments, community wellness and tobacco control coalitions, as well as a variety of individuals and other groups dedicated to tobacco prevention and cessation goals in Kansas.
How does one become a member?
Participants can be organizational members or individual members. The main criterion for joining the coalition is a commitment to promoting tobacco prevention and cessation both at the local and state level. There is no membership fee for joining but a commitment to work to enhance tobacco control policies and programs is needed. Click here for the membership form.
What is the leadership structure of the Coalition?
The bylaws of the Coalition specify that the Coalition’s board of directors consist of officers; regional representatives and representatives of the founding organizers. The officers consist of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary (and often time an immediate Past President. In addition, there can be up to six regional representatives reflecting the northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, north central and south central regions of Kansas. In addition, because the 501 (c) (3) application papers cite the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as being founding members, these four entities have a separate representative on the board of directors, unless one of these representatives is also a broad representative or an elected officer.
How is the board selected?
In the spring of the year, a Coalition Nominating Committee selects a slate of officers/regional representatives for approval by the full membership of the Coalition, through a written ballot. Such positions begin at the start of the fiscal year beginning in July of each year. Members of the Coalition are eligible for such positions.
When does the membership meet?
The membership usually has two statewide meetings each year, a legislative overview in January in Topeka and the annual meeting in June or July in another Kansas city.
How do the members and leadership communicate with each other?
Communication is provided by telephone, email, list serve and newsletter links.
How has the Coalition been funded?
In the early 1990’s the Coalition operated as a loosely connected group of health professional and health voluntary organizations working with health components of the state of Kansas. With an application to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1994, implementation funding was provided to the Coalition with match funds provided by the Kansas Health Foundation. RWJF grants provided funding from 1994-2003 for tobacco control projects and programs. Since 2003, grant awards from the Kansas Health Foundation have continued TFKC staffing and mobilization and educational components, with other funding coming from the American Legacy Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, in addition to a variety of contracts as well as contributions from major partners.
Who staffs the Coalition?
The Coalition staff currently is composed of an executive director, an administrative assistant, and a program manager. The Coalition offices are located at 5375 SW 7th Street, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66606, (phone: 785-272-8396; fax: 785-272-5870).