Event Recap: Kansas Vaping ECHO for Education Summit

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Aug 30, 2023


Kansas Health Institute

Vaping for Education

On Aug. 30, 2023, the Kansas Health Institute offered an educational summit to kickstart a new session of a multi-year initiative tackling vaping in Kansas middle and high schools. The Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot aims to create a healthier, vape-free future for Kansas youth. This event brought educators, parents, community members and youth advocates together to support students who use e-cigarettes on their journey toward cessation. The summit featured discussions and presentations by leading experts, offering valuable opportunities to share diverse approaches.

To learn more about the pilot, visit Vaping-ECHO-for-Education.

Keynote Speaker

Brenna VanFrank, M.D., M.S.P.H., is the senior medical officer in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she serves as a scientific and medical consultant for OSH programs, communications and projects. Dr. VanFrank joined CDC in 2014, and is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine.

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Panel Discussion: JumpStart Your Stop Vaping Initiative


  • Jody Hoener, President and CEO, The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team
  • Vince Naccarato, Principal, Reno Valley Middle School
  • Amanda Olinger, D.O., M.A., F.A.A.P., Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Kansas Health System
  • Tony Woollen, School Resource Officer, Shawnee Mission School District

A recording of the session is below.

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About Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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