An Evaluation of A Tobacco Control Network Along the US/Mexico Border

Dessaray Cisneros Gorbett, University of Texas at El Paso


Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States (U.S.), killing more than 480,000 people per year. Public health networks and coalitions have shown to be able to promote health behavior change. More specifically, coalitions and networks emphasizing tobacco control issues have proven to be effective in recent years. The Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network (Network) grew out of a coalition in El Paso, TX and currently includes representatives from west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. The current project evaluated the Network’s collaborations amongst organizations, internal organizational structure, and knowledge on tobacco control. Participants completed measures to assess collaboration perceptions (using the Strategic Alliance Formative Assessment Rubric [SAFAR]), internal organizational structure perceptions (using the Internal Coalition Effectiveness [ICE] Instrument), and knowledge (using the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control and information from past Network meetings). The Network did not perceive their desired levels of collaboration as the same as their current levels of collaboration. Although, the Network did perceive their infrastructure positively. Finally, there was not an increase in knowledge on tobacco control topics. Since research evaluating networks is limited, this study provides insight on tools used to assess tobacco control networks as the literature is scarce.

Subject Area

Clinical psychology

Recommended Citation

Gorbett, Dessaray Cisneros, "An Evaluation of A Tobacco Control Network Along the US/Mexico Border" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27671338.