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Gambling and Smoking Webinar

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Sep 20, 2019 12:16:28 PM

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Nearly 1 million Californians experience problems related to gambling, which includes health issues like stress, depression, and anxiety. Smoking contributes to these problems.

Join us on Wed, Oct 2nd from 11-11:30 am (PST) and hear from Cyndi M. Maivia, Chief, Office of Problem Gambling, about how health care professionals can address this growing health concern.

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Key Learning Takeaways

  • How problem gambling disorder affects overall health
  • Link between smoking and gambling disorder
  • Prevention and treatment of gambling disorder
  • Tools to assess the risk of gambling disorder and tips to promote a healthier environment

The California Smokers’ Helpline has several courses available on cessation-related topics. Check here to learn more: https://www.nobutts.org/online-training

Webinar: Two and a half years; has the sheen worn off marijuana legalization?

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Sep 16, 2016 3:28:20 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Thursday, September 29th from noon to 1 pm PST,  "Two and a half years; has the sheen worn off marijuana legalization?"

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Webinar Overview

In January 2014 Colorado became the first in the nation to legalize retail marijuana sales. What do we know about the relationship between marijuana and tobacco? How have perceptions of harm and prevalence been effected? Join us for a presentation of some early findings from youth and adults. Ask questions about what may be in store for California and what opportunities exist for tobacco control. 

About the Presenter

Carsten-Baumann-web.jpgCarsten Baumann, MA serves as the Manager of the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit and the Manager of External Evaluations at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and operates his own evaluation consultancy. Carsten possesses more than twenty-five years experience in applied social science research.

He is primarily responsible for the design and implementation of an overall plan for measuring the effectiveness of the Department’s tobacco-tax funded grants programs, including the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Program; the Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program and the Office of Health Equity Grants Program. These programs distribute about $37 million in grants annually. Carsten also leads the quality improvement and evaluation for Colorado’s Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs and serves as an evaluation consultant to other prevention programs.

He has applied his skills to strategic planning, evaluation, program design and training. He also provides consultation to other states, foundations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on evaluations of systems change, tobacco control, physical activity and nutrition interventions. Additionally, he has conducted workshops on economic evaluation nationally.


 

FREE Kit: Smoking and Diabetes

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Sep 29, 2015 2:01:47 PM

Smoking-and-Diabetes-Webinar-ImageIf you missed our webinar on September 23rd presented by Tami MacAller MPH, MCHES, West Hawaii Coordinator for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, you can download our free kit now, which includes:

  • Webinar Recording & Slide Deck: Smoking and Diabetes-What's the Connection?
  • Patient Fact Sheet-Smoking and Diabetes: a simple summary of the benefits of quitting smoking for your patients and clients with diabetes.

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According to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, smoking causes diabetes, and people with diabetes who smoke have a 30% to 40% higher risk for type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers.  Helping smokers with diabetes to quit is one of the most effective ways to improve diabetes control.

So, how do you talk to a patient with diabetes about quitting smoking? Ms. MacAller provides an overview of how smoking affects diabetes and ofers practical tips and strategies for helping patients with diabetes quit smoking. Webinar topics include:

  • What is diabetes?
  • How smoking affects diabetes
  • Diabetes management
  • Helping people with diabetes to quit
  • Resources
  • Q & A

Free Webinar: What Works? Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatments

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Aug 26, 2015 11:50:58 AM

TCalifornia_Smokers_Hotline_43he California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, September 2nd from 1 to 2 pm PST, What Works? Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatments, presented by Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Population Health, Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Section of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use.

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Webinar Overview

According to the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update, tobacco dependence interventions, if delivered in a timely and effective manner, significantly reduce the smoker’s risk of suffering from smoking-related disease. Indeed, “it is difficult to identify any other condition that presents such a mix of lethality, prevalence, and neglect, despite effective and readily available interventions.”

So, what are effective treatments for tobacco use? Dr. Sherman will provide the latest information on the common elements of effective interventions, including:

  • Epidemiology and Burden of Tobacco Use
  • Evidence - Based Treatment:
    • Clinical Practice Guidelines: updates on combination, pre-cessation, and long-term use
    • Behavioral Interventions
    • Brief discussion of pharmacotherapy
  • Q & A

About the Presenter

Photo-Scott_ShermanAfter receiving his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Sherman completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University Medical Center and then a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Sherman joined the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 and was a staff physician for the Veterans Health Administration (VA). In 2005, he transferred back to New York City, where he is currently Associate Professor of Population Health, Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Section of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use.

Dr. Sherman’s area of interest in general is how to redesign health care systems to better help people quit smoking. He is particularly focused on Translational Studies, which examine the effectiveness of interventions in routine practice, as well as how to disseminate and implement them. Dr. Sherman is currently leading five major grants: 1) Effectiveness of smoking-cessation interventions for urban hospital patients (NIH/NHLBI), 2) Patterns of communication and information transfer among hookah users (NIH/NCI), 3) a mid-career mentoring award (K24 – NIH/NIDA), 4) Proactive outreach to smokers in VA Mental Health Clinics (VA Health Services Research and Development Service), and 5) NYU/Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center.

Webinar Materials: Tips from the Field for Web-Based Referrals

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Aug 24, 2015 4:28:55 PM

August-2015-Post-Webinar-Kit-Images-WebIf you missed our webinar on August 19th, you can download our free kit now, which includes:

Webinar Recording & Slide Deck: Tips from the Field for Effectively Utilizing the Helpline's Web-Based Referral Service, presented by:

  • Diane Chung, RN, Quality Review & Patient Safety Officer, KPC Healthcare
  • Joseph Clement, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
  • Brian Davis, California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) Coordinator, Tri-City Health Center
  • Kristin Harms, Communications Manager for the California Smokers' Helpline

Web-Based Referral Form: Use this form to document a patient referral to the Helpline, including the patient's consent.

Patient Flyer: Hand this flyer to patients after referring them to the Helpline so they know what to expect.

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To sign up for email notification of future webinars, please click here.

 

Free Webinar: Effectively Utilizing the Web-Based Referral Service

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Aug 6, 2015 5:05:00 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, August 19th from noon to 1 pm PST,  Tips from the Field for Effectively Utilizing the Helpline's Web-Based Referral Service.

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Webinar Overview

California_Smokers_Hotline_46Between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use Criteria and the Joint Commission Tobacco Measure Set, there has never been a better time to develop and implement a system for referring patients who smoke to evidence-based tobacco treatment.

Join us for this free webinar to hear from leaders throughout California who have developed effective systems for referring their patients who smoke to the California Smokers' Helpline, utilizing the Helpline's free web-based referral service. In addition to describing their organization's services and patient population, each speaker will address:

  • How the web-based referral service is integrated into their clinical workflow
  • Keys to success
  • Challenges
  • Recommendations for other organizations wanting to implement a similar program

Featured Speakers

Our speakers represent top-referring inpatient and outpatient organizations from throughout California:

  • Diane Chung, RN, Quality Review & Patient Safety Officer, KPC Healthcare
  • Joseph Clement, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
  • Brian Davis, California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) Coordinator, Tri-City Health Center

I hope you can join us for this informative webinar with hands-on strategies from experts in the field for implementing an effective web-based referral system.

Free Kit: Top Tips for Motivating Patients to Quit

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Jul 20, 2015 2:14:00 PM

Motivating-Smokers-to-Quit-Kit-AdIf you missed our webinar on June 19th, Top Tips for Motivating Patients to Quit, presented by Dean Schillinger, MD, UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital, and Gary Tedeschi, PhD, Clinical Director with the California Smokers' Helpline, you can download our free kit now, which includes:

  • Webinar Recording
  • Webinar Slide Deck
  • Q & A: Answers to questions from webinar participants
  • Flyer: How to Motivate Patients to Quit
Download Now!

Smokers have varying degrees of interest in and readiness to stop smoking, and it’s not always clear how best to boost motivation. In this one hour recorded webinar, Drs. Schillinger and Tedeschi provide participants with hands-on strategies for motivating patients to quit, including:

  • How to discuss tobacco cessation with patients
  • Ready-to-use tips to increase motivation such as:
    • instilling hope
    • conveying understanding
    • addressing ambivalence
    • reframing quitting “failures” as successes
    • encouraging patients’ own decision-making
    • assisting with a quit plan comprised of proven methods
  • Following up with patients to assess and maintain motivation

Free Webinar: Top Tips for Motivating Patients to Quit

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Jun 9, 2015 1:42:23 PM

California_Smokers_Hotline_37The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host a free webinar, Top Tips for Motivating Patients to Quit, on Friday, June 19th from noon to 1 pm PST.

Featured speakers will be Dean Schillinger, MD, Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, and Gary Tedeschi, PhD, Clinical Director for the California Smokers' Helpline.

Register Now!

Webinar Overview

Smokers have varying degrees of interest in and readiness to quit smoking, and it’s not always clear how best to boost motivation. This webinar will provide participants with hands-on strategies for motivating patients to quit, including:

  • How to discuss tobacco cessation with patients
  • Ready-to-use tips to increase motivation such as:
    • instilling hope
    • conveying understanding
    • addressing ambivalence
    • reframing quitting “failures” as successes
    • encouraging patients’ own decision-making
    • assisting with a quit plan comprised of proven methods
  • Following up with patients to assess and maintain motivation

About the Presenters

DeanSchillinger_288x314Dr. Schillinger is a UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and directs the Health Communications Research Program in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. He has focused his research on health communication for vulnerable populations, carrying out a number of studies exploring the impact of limited health literacy on the care of patients with diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Schillinger contributed to the 2004 IOM Report on Health Literacy, authored a 2012 IOM Publication defining the attributes of Health Literate Healthcare Organizations, and has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of health communication science. He was honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Bay Area Research Mentor of the Year Award in 2010. He co-created a youth-led diabetes prevention social media campaign called The Bigger Picture Campaign, which received the Latino Coalition for a Health California Award for Youth Leadership and the 2014 Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA). In 2013, he received the Everett M Rogers Award from APHA in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication.

Gary.1.25Dr. Tedeschi is a licensed psychologist (#PSY 14241) at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center. He has worked there since 1994 as the Clinical Director of the California Smokers' Helpline and the Center for Tobacco Cessation. At the Helpline he is responsible for clinical supervision, counseling protocol development, counselor training, and continuing education. At the Center he provides technical assistance and training for medical and behavioral health professionals on tobacco cessation interventions. Dr. Tedeschi also has several years of previous clinical experience providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups in settings including community mental health, psychiatric in-patient, and university counseling centers. He teaches graduate courses in counseling part time and maintains a small practice in consulting psychology. Dr. Tedeschi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College; and a B.A. in psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

FREE Kit: Medi-Cal and Tobacco Cessation

Posted by Lesley Copeland

May 12, 2015 4:25:00 PM

Landing-Page-Medi-Cal-and-Tobacco-Cessation-Webinar3If you missed our webinar on May 7 presented by Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH, Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), click the link below to download our free kit now. This free kit includes:

  • Webinar RecordingMedi-Cal Quality Improvement Strategy: Focus on Tobacco Cessation
  • Webinar Slide Deck:  Medi-Cal Quality Improvement Strategy: Focus on Tobacco Cessation
  • Patient Flyers: Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking flyers in multiple languages
Download Now!

Listen to Dr. Kohatsu discuss the Department’s focus on tobacco cessation as a means to improve clinical quality and advance population health, including:

  • The overall DHCS quality strategy
  • Rationale for focusing on tobacco cessation
  • Changes due to the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use requirements
  • DHCS policy letter 14-006 which urges Medi-Cal plans to improve their coverage of tobacco cessation
  • Findings from the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project
  • Important collaboration between DHCS, the California Department of Public Health, University of California, and the Helpline

FREE Webinar: Medi-Cal and Tobacco Cessation

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Apr 24, 2015 2:11:00 PM

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Medi-Cal Quality Improvement Strategy: Focus on Tobacco Cessation

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Thursday, May 7 from 1-2 pm PST. The featured speaker will be Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH, Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which serves 11 million Medi-Cal members throughout California.

Register Now!

Webinar Overview

Dr. Kohatsu is charged with coordinating the development and implementation of the Department’s Quality Strategy. He will discuss the Department’s focus on tobacco cessation as a means to improve clinical quality and advance population health. He will address:

  • The overall DHCS quality strategy
  • Rationale for focusing on tobacco cessation
  • Changes due to the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use requirements
  • DHCS policy letter 14-006 which urges Medi-Cal plans to improve their coverage of tobacco cessation
  • Findings from the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project
  • Important collaboration between DHCS, the California Department of Public Health, University of California, and the Helpline

About the Presenter

Dr. Kohatsu was appointed in March 2011 as the first Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services which serves approximately 11 million Medi-Cal members, statewide. He is charged with advancing population health and improving clinical quality and is coordinating the development and implementation of the Department’s Quality Strategy. One of the priorities of the Quality Strategy is the elimination of health inequities. Dr. Kohatsu has held leadership positions in the public, private, and academic sectors related to prevention, chronic disease management, quality improvement, and patient safety. Dr. Kohatsu is board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He is a fellow and past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He has published research in areas ranging from evidence-based public health to patient safety and is the Associate Editor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the leading textbook in the field.




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The California Smokers' Helpline offers free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services in multiple languages to help smokers quit. We also offer free training and resources to health professionals to increase their knowledge and capacity for tobacco cessation.

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