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SAVE-the-DATE: June 29, 2016 – Unique Opportunities for Quitline Partnerships and Collaborations

Wednesday, June 8, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

NAQC is excited to announce the fourth webinar in the 2016 Webinar Series: Unique Opportunities for Quitline Partnerships and Collaborations on June 29, 2016 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm (ET).

Quitlines are evidence-based, effective service that improves individual and population health. Previous webinars in this series have highlighted policy efforts that quitlines should collaborate with to further reduce tobacco use rates. This webinar will continue with the theme and present unique partnerships quitlines can explore as another avenue to reducing tobacco use through provision of cessation services and targeting of priority populations.

Dr. Steve Fu, Director for the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, will present outcomes from his study on Offering Proactive Treatment Intervention (OPT-IN), published in Thorax in March 2016. OPT-In used proactive outreach to Minnesota Medicaid enrollees to engage tobacco users in evidence-based cessation services, regardless of interest in quitting. 

Etta Short, Optum Director of Clinical Development and Support, and Carrie A. Domico, Optum, Director of Product Management will present on the VA Telephone Lifestyle Coaching (TLC) program, providing a summary of the program, describing outcomes, and offering lessons learned and practice improvements. The VA TLC was a pilot program, funded by the Veterans Administration that ran from November 2011 through 2013 and enrolled 5,300 participants who were referred by their VA primary physician.  The TLC program was provided for four VISNs (Veterans Integrated Service Networks) including Pennsylvania, and parts of Florida, Louisiana, the Midwest and California.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the 4th webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current status of tobacco use among priority populations and use of state quitline services.
  • Understand how proactive outreach can successfully engage Medicaid enrollees that use tobacco products in cessation and use of quitline services.
  • Understand how a lifestyle coaching program can successfully integrate quitline services.

To register for the Unique Opportunities for Quitline Partnerships and Collaborations on June 29, 2016 at 2:00pm to3:30pm (ET) click here.
Webinar Resources and Discussion Questions:

In preparation for the June 29 webinar on collaborations and partnerships we have provided some resources below. 

1.     Fu SS, van Ryn M, Nelson D, Burgess DJ, Thomas JL, Saul J, Clothier B, Nyman JA, Hammett P, Joseph AM. Proactive tobacco treatment offering free nicotine replacement therapy and telephone counselling for socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers: a randomised clinical trial. Thorax. 2016 Mar 1. pii: thoraxjnl-2015-207904. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207904.

2.     Fu SS, Van ryn M, Burgess DJ, et al. Proactive tobacco treatment for low income smokers: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health 2014;14:337.

3.     Ahmed Jamal, David Homa, Erin O’Connor, Stephen D. Babb, Ralph S. Carabello, Tushar Singh, Sean Hu, Brian A. King. Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults – United State. 2005-2014. CDC. MMWR;64:14.

To help guide dialogue during the second half of the webinar and NAQC asks that participants consider how their quitline or service provider organization would respond or approach the following questions.

1.     What unique partnerships or collaborations has your tobacco control program or quitline created to increase reach to priority populations in your state?

2.     What successes have your tobacco control program and quitline had? Are there key lessons learned you can shared with other state tobacco control programs and quitlines?

3.     What support or resources would be helpful in your efforts to create or sustain partnerships or collaborations centered on priority populations?

We look forward to you joining us for the 2016 Webinar Series and if you have questions or concerns please email me at


Maria Rudie, MPH
Research Manager
North American Quitline Consortium                   
Phoenix, AZ
Ph: 800.398.5489 ext. 704
Fax: 800.398.5489

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