Use Prevention Specialist
A. Chandler is an experienced trainer and manager, who currently
coordinates tobacco and alcohol programs for the National
Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI).
Chandler has been with NAAAPI since 1997. Prior to joining
NAAAPI, Chandler was with the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter
of the American Red Cross for 18 years. She joined the Red
Cross as an emergency caseworker and rose to the position
of manager of volunteer and community education.
tobacco project director with NAAAPI, Candler managed an IMPACT
grant funded by the Office on Smoking and Health of the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the auspices
of that grant, Chandler managed two national campaigns to
educate the community on target marketing, supervised the
day-to-day activities of the Uptown Coalition for Tobacco
Control and Public Health, served as key liaison with NAAAPI
affiliates around the nation, and distributed kits on World
No Tobacco Day to hundreds of communities. The CDC project
produced "Breathe Free," the first culturally competent
guide on tobacco smoke pollution (secondhand smoke) for African
Americans. Chandler is an expert on the use of target marketing
and billboard advertising for tobacco use prevention and coordinated
the first regional conference on tobacco and alcohol billboard
conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in August 1998. She also
managed a city-wide counter marketing billboard project for
the Uptown Coalition.
has presented tobacco use prevention workshops throughout
the nation and was one of the trainers selected for the 11th
International Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Chicago in
2001. She is a certified trainer on tobacco use prevention
for the American Academy of Pediatrics, training physicians,
healthcare workers and social service staffs in ways to help
clients and patients quit smoking. Chandler has been a trainer
and conference planner for The Onyx Group, a marketing and
communications company, and was a national trainer for the
American Red Cross, with responsibility for training volunteer
and paid staff in casework services and disaster preparedness
in the five-county chapter region and throughout the country.
Chandler was responsible for deployment of volunteers for
national disaster response and managed the coordination of
the only welcome center in the country for military troops
during Operation Desert Storm.
is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor's
degree in sociology and has taken graduate coursework in non-profit
management and urban ministry from Eastern College and Westminster
is a member of advisory boards dealing with health care issues
.She is the Sunday School superintendent at her church where
she also teaches adult Sunday School. She is married to James
Chandler, a Philadelphia firefighter. The Chandlers have two
children, a married son and a teenage daughter, and live in
Northwest Philadelphia with their Zebra Finches.