Communiqué #42

NCNorth Carolina Holds Second Follow-up SAMHSA Leadership Academy Summit

In late September North Carolina became the first Academy state to hold a 2nd follow up summit with over twenty partners from the original summit and new partners who are committed to the goals of the SAMHSA State Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation.
The daylong meeting refined the strategies in the Action Plan, enhanced communication and relationships among the partners, and shared benchmarked progress by each strategy group.


photo: Breath Easy NC Partners


Jim Jarrard, the Deputy Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, commented, "This meeting shows the continuing commitment of North Carolina to help behavioral health consumers and staff become tobacco-free."


The state liaison and Program Manager for the behavioral health department, Margaret Brake, added, "I wanted to say thanks from the state of North Carolina for your support. This is not an easy issue to address in a tobacco state, but we are making great strides. We appreciate being a part of the State Academies network."


The streamlined strategy groups in North Carolina-Facilities, Provider Education and Quitline, Consumers and Community, Policy and Performance Measures and Outcomes and Sustainability-all reported concrete progress on targets since the last Academy follow-up meeting a year ago.


Catherine Saucedo, SCLC's Deputy Director and Margaret Meriwether, SCLC's behavioral health consultant, also attended and gave an overview of the SAMHSA State Academies to date, including highlights from the results of the 2013 point-in-time online surveys. The group concluded the day's work by creating a new name, Breath Easy NC, for this statewide initiative to reduce tobacco use among behavioral health consumers and staff.


Congratulations to North Carolina for holding what is fast becoming an "annual" summit follow-up meeting. Maintaining momentum and encouraging communication among the strategy groups are two of the outcomes of September meeting that demonstrate North Carolina's leadership.



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GuideNew Tobacco Cessation Guide for Community Health Centers from Legacy and Partnership for Prevention


Legacy and Partnership for Prevention have released a new tobacco cessation implementation  guide for U.S. community health centers.  The guide will help health centers integrate tobacco cessation services into their care delivery, as well aid in addressing day-to-day issues that come up in during these services.  In addition, a complementary educational webinar on providing tobacco cessation services in community health centers will be held next month.

Please click here to access the implementation guide, titled "Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use: An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers."



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AAFPAAFP's Office Champions FQHC Project Resources


The American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Office Champions Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Project resources are now available to all providers. 


Click on these links for more information on the FQHC project, and to access the training program,   

Copies of the practice manual and addendum are free for anyone to download.





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NQFCall for Public Comment from the National Quality Forum (NQF)


The National Quality Forum (NQF) Steering Committee recently convened to review tobacco cessation (TOB) measures for endorsement consideration during the Behavioral Health Phase II project. The phrase "TOB measures" refers to The Joint Commission's tobacco screening and treatment measure set, which was initiated in January 2012.


NQF has posted the TOB measures for a 30 day public comment period running from September 30 to October 29, 2013.


The NQF public comment page can be accessed here.


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BeyondRegistration Reminder: Beyond the 5A's Conference,

November 14-15, 2013 


"Beyond the 5 A's: Improving Cessation Interventions Through Strengthened Training"
is an educational conference presented by National Jewish Health and the North American Quitline Consortium in collaboration with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Attendees will examine recent advances in evidence and practice and discuss their own successful approaches, strategies, techniques and challenges, to improve the effectiveness and quality of smoking cessation interventions.

Click here to register, 



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ORHOther Resource Highlights 


Webinars and CMEs/CEUs  

The SCLC is also offering credits for recorded webinars. For a list of recorded webinars with  CME/CEU credit, click here.


Accreditation: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and allied health professionals.



quite now1-800-QUIT-NOW wallet card Available through the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, the card is similar in size and feel to a credit card and offers motivational language urging smokers to call the nation's free, effective, tobacco cessation counseling lines.



A New Way to Think About Quitting

About re-learning life without cigarettes, the free Become an EX plan is based on personal experiences from ex-smokers, as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic. 



RWJF Tobacco Map

For the first time, policymakers and advocates have access to a nationwide picture of continuing state efforts on key tobacco control policies. The RWJF Tobacco Map uses data from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights and is updated as new information becomes available.



RWJF County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 2013  

Researchers measured counties on 25 health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, family and social support and other factors affecting health. This interactive data site can be put to use by leaders in government, business, health care, and citizens motivated to work together to create a culture of health in their community. See where your county ranks,  



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