Thomas Ylioja has over 10 years of experience working in clinical settings ranging from large urban and community hospitals, to primary care and chronic disease management clinics providing tobacco, and drug and alcohol interventions to vulnerable groups. His research and evaluation experience has focused on tobacco, substance abuse, and mental health outcomes for various ‘at-risk’ youth and young adult populations. As a doctoral student researcher, and as the Data Manager for an inpatient Tobacco Treatment Service, Mr. Ylioja is particularly interested in studying how system-level interventions and state-level policy can reduce the downstream effects of social marginalization on health disparities. His goal is to learn how big-data generated from system-level approaches to tobacco control can reduce tobacco health disparities for racial/ethnic minorities, rural and disadvantaged populations, and LGBT groups. As a researcher and clinician working with marginalized populations, Mr. Ylioja wants to mobilize community action to address smoking in high prevalence populations. Using a community empowerment approach, his aim is to assist communities to control tobacco in their environment by strengthening smoke-free policies and developing tailored treatment programs to encourage cessation.