The Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT), under the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania, is a statewide coalition that educates the public and elected officials about clean indoor air, tobacco taxes, and other critical tobacco control issues. PACT is primarily funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Members of PACT include tobacco control advocates, healthcare professionals, government agencies, community leaders, business owners, and the general public.
PACT was founded in 2001 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association. For over 20 years, PACT has worked with local coalitions, regional contractors, and national health organizations to strengthen tobacco control laws across Pennsylvania that can prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, help people who use tobacco quit, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. PACT develops educational materials to share with legislators and community members, provides training for members on advocacy strategies and tobacco control issues, and supports the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), Pennsylvania’s youth-led tobacco control movement.
Amber Fields has a combined 15 years of experience as an early education teacher and advocate along with being a family advocate and family support specialist. She earned her Strength Based Family Worker credential through Temple University. Amber has experience with implementing grass roots programs to work with at risk families such as the Ready for School, Ready to Succeed project during her time at the United Way of the Capital Region. The program focuses on preparing children academically and socially for school. Amber’s role was to manage the program, raise money and awareness of the program by educating local legislators, stakeholders, and community leaders.
Amber has dedicated her life to her son and to be an advocate for change for at risk families across Pennsylvania.