April Seliga began her journey at the University of South Florida, where she received her BSc in Environmental Science and Policy in 2004. April then went onto graduate school to receive her M.P.H in the concentration of Epidemiology at the University of Florida in 2006.
After graduation, April worked in the field as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Health Education.
April’s experience and reputation afforded her the opportunity to look into consulting with prominent organizations for such tasks as countywide health assessment, health impact assessments, business and marketing plans, health campaigns and hospital assessments. Most recently completing a successful health campaign with the American Heart Association to pass their Healthy Food Financing bill.
Through April’s various roles in public health, she has always worked in tobacco prevention in some way, but truly began her passion within it in 2009 while educating on the negative impact of tobacco and nicotine with youth. From there April then went on to work with Tobacco Free Parks, Smoke Free Multiunit Housing, Tobacco Free Worksite Wellness and Tobacco Free Campuses. Most recently, April began work in the Retailer environment and has been working to denormalize tobacco in the community. April continues to battle ‘Big Tobacco’ and joins us in our fight to raise the age to 21 as our newest member as the Eastern Regional Director of Tobacco 21.
Eric Brodell MPH, Western Regional Director
Eric joins the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation as a recent graduate from Indiana University’s School of Public Health. He completed his Master of Public Health in Behavioral, Community, and Social Health. He has also completed his Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration and Nonprofit Management. Throughout his time at Indiana University, Eric worked with multiple Bloomington community organizations, primarily focusing on improving youth health outcomes in low-income communities. Being an avid cyclist, Eric had the opportunity to move to Portland, OR and work with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on public health and transportation issues such as the Safe Routes to School initiative and transportation equity issues of marginalized and underserved communities in East Portland. Passionate about healthy living and preserving the outdoors for all to enjoy, Eric hopes to continue working in public health, influencing policy change to improve health outcomes for communities throughout the United States.
Rob Crane MD, President
Rob is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University. He has an abiding interest in preventing nicotine addiction and is the founder and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. He was co-chair for SmokeFree Columbus, the coalition that helped pass smokefree legislation in a dozen Central Ohio communities and led to statewide legislation. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Public Health Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 2014 C. Everett Koop Award from the American Lung Association. He lives in the Columbus suburb of Dublin with his wife and three children.
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