The NMAAT – the NM African American Tobacco Prevention Network – began as an offshoot of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse (ATODA) coalition. It was one of the collaboratives operating to improve the health of NM residents. NMAAT’s current Lead Facilitator, Kenneth Winfrey, LCSW, became associated with the entity in 2003, working with Excel Educational Enterprises, Inc., Mary Juzang was the Executive Director.
In 2004, NMAAT worked with Coletta Reid and Associates and the NM Department of Health to develop TUPAC’s Disparities Strategy Plan. TUPAC is the Department’s Tobacco Use, Prevention And Control Program. This Plan clarified the commitment to populations experiencing health disparities and integrates an anti-oppression approach with an intention towards health equity. This work spearheaded the development of Fierce Pride, NMAAT, DAGAT-People Experiencing Disabilities Against Tobacco, and engaged critical, local partners such as the Asian Family Center, the Chronic Disease Prevention Council of New Mexico, and many others.
In 2008 OrgAgents became facilitators of the NMAAT. In their first year of the multi-year initiative, under the auspices of Community Health Charities, OrgAgents, its partners and subcontractors laid the groundwork for a strong, inclusive, and sustainable network. We are excited to put this vast knowledge and experience to work to eliminate health disparities in NM’s African American communities.