Presenter: Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, NCTTP
Dr. Pamela Valera is a social worker and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers University School of Public Health. Dr. Valera’s research focuses
on addressing health disparities (including mental health, cancer health, and tobacco control) in marginalized groups, including people living with HIV, those at risk for HIV, and people involved in the criminal justice system). Specifically, she engages in scholarship that explores how structural, situational, and contextual factors influence the health of marginalized groups.
Evidence-based smoking cessation treatment programs for people with criminal justice histories remain understudied and undervalued. This presentation provides background information concerning tobacco smoking behaviors of criminal justice populations and provides examples of smoking cessation treatment interventions that have been implemented in a prison setting.
Objectives of Presentation:
1. Describe the smoking behaviors and smoking characteristics of criminal justice populations.
2. Develop a basic smoking cessation treatment plan for criminal justice populations.