October 3, 2019
Occupation: Teacher, Antioch Midwest University
Location: Xenia, OH
Bruce Barcelo is a retired teacher, coach and principal but he has never really retired. He has taught at the University of Dayton and is currently teaching at Antioch Midwest University. He was the Healthy Lifestyle Supervisor at Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County. Bruce is enthusiastic about recently becoming a Program Coordinator of the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services. Bruce has been a two term chairperson of the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance TFOA and has been the recipient of the TFOA: Ohio Community Advocacy Award. Because of his efforts in helping Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, the City of Kettering Parks, the City of Oakwood Parks, become tobacco-free along with RTA to become the first transit authority in the state of Ohio to make all bus stops tobacco-free, Bruce was the recipient of the Ohio Society for Public Heath’s “Outstanding Contributions to Health Education Award” and the “Healthcare Professional of the Year Award.”
What made you want to get involved in CATCH My Breath?
“I have been passionately involved in tobacco prevention for over a decade. I did a national webinar three years ago for those involved in infant mortality on electronic cigarettes and told them JUULs would be a big deal. As they became a BIG DEAL, I looked into answers for schools and it wasn’t until CATCH My Breath that I was able to share with confidence a prevention program that not only had the content but refusal skills AND was peer lead. I love all the resources and that a teacher doesn’t have to be a content expert. The teacher notes are easy to follow and the lessons are built for the classroom. I really like the p.e. plans for the schools that need to incorporate the lessons into P.E.
I have the great opportunity to present on issue of electronic cigarettes, JUUL’s and vaping and what parents and schools can do about this epidemic all over the state of Ohio. I am thankful to be able to share the valuable resource of CATCH My Breath whenever I present.”