The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Together with our 2,200+ organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions.
The National Council operates the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control in partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and Centerstone Research Institute. The Network is a 5-year program, jointly funded by CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, and focuses on providing Network members with resources to support their efforts in eliminating cancer and tobacco disparities among people with mental illness and addictions.
The National Networks
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is part of a consortium of CDC National Networks to increase capacity and infrastructure to address health disparities identified by CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health (OSH) and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) prevention efforts. Our fellow National Networks target additional priority populations experiencing tobacco-related and cancer health disparities which include African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Latino American, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT), American Indian and Alaska Native, and lower socioeconomic status populations.CDC National Networks
We have an Advisory Council that provides us with guidance and expertise to improve the overall design and infrastructure of the Network. Our Advisory Council includes representatives from public health, our fellow CDC National Networks, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
|Ron Bialek, MPP – President, Public Health Foundation (PHF)||Delmonte Jefferson – Executive Director, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN)|
|Linelle Blais, PhD, CPF – Director, Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance||Vincent Lafronza, EdD – President & CEO, National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)|
|Frank Bright, MS – Senior Public Health Advisor for Cancer, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)||Scout, PhD – Director, LGBTHealthLink|
|Gwen Darien – Executive Vice President of Programs and Services, Cancer Support Community||Rebecca Selove, PhD, MPH – Research Associate Professor, Center for Prevention Research, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Tennessee State University Center for Prevention Research/Vanderbilt University SOM|
|Mary Elizabeth Elliott – Vice President for Communications, Membership & IT, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CADCA)||Doug Tipperman, MSW – Tobacco Policy Liaison, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)|
|Laura Hamasaka – Associate Vice President, Priority Populations & Program Development, Legacy|