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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Debbie Manigat

Ms. Debbie Manigat is a doctoral student in the Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a traditional doctoral-level Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). ...Read more



SPOTLIGHT features news, announcements, events, and hot topics on behavioral health in underserved communities.
Minority Fellowship Program: 2019-2020 Orientation Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: 2019-2020 Orientation," which occurred November 13, 2019, are now available for download......Read more
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Learn about statistics, trends, and other relevant insights for behavioral health practitioners working to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for people in underserved communities.
2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey
Over 5 million middle and high school aged youth reported using e-cigarettes in the resent FDA and CDC National Youth Tobacco Survey. The survey also reported that nearly 1 million youth used such products for 20 days or more in each month. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also described as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vape/hookah pens, have become trendy due to their shapes and variety of flavors which appeal to younger consumers. Studies show [that], youth with lower socioeconomic status, including lower income and educational households are more easily influenced to use tobacco. According to the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) release; Cigarette and substance use is more frequent among Hispanics and African Americans with a mental illness or a co-occurring issue. Though e-Cigarettes have caused the national rate of traditional cigarette smoking to decrease significantly, the heavy use of ENDS in school aged youth causes a risk for nicotine addiction, which could harm brain development.

2019 National Youth Tobacco Statistics
Source: 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey.External Web Site Policy

For more information and data on ENDS, e-cigarettes, tobacco products, content and disorders, addictions and other harmful developments associated with e-cigarette use in teens and other users, please review the FDA’s results from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco SurveyExternal Web Site Policy.

**National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Visit the National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week WebsiteExternal Web Site Policy to learn how you can participate in shattering the myths in your community during the week of March 30 – April 5, 2020!