Health of the Public

AAFP Youth Tobacco Summit Aims to Spark Collaboration

Stakeholder Groups Trade Program Information, Explore Ways to Collaborate

April 21, 2014 02:23 pm — On April 4, the Academy convened a number of tobacco-prevention stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to participate in an AAFP Youth & Tobacco Prevention Summit in Washington. According to Julie Wood, M.D., AAFP vice president of health of the public and science and interprofessional activities, the event was designed to meet two primary goals.

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