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State Briefs

Since December 2011, eleven states (including Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah) have participated in the NAQC Public-Private Partnership Initiative to advance tobacco cessation coverage and sustainability of state quitlines.  The initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides support to participating states through webinar presentations/trainings, quarterly discussion groups, one-on-one technical assistance and resources available on the NAQC Public-Private Partnership web-page. 

To learn more about each of the state’s goals and activities towards partnership development, please see each State’s Briefs (2011) and Progress Summaries (Sept 2014). You can view the progress article here

State Organization

 

Project Lead

E-mail

Telephone

Existing Cost-Sharing Partnerships

Current Partnership Focus

 

State Brief
(2011)

Progress Summary (2014) 

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease

Courtney Ward, MPA, Tobacco Program Lead

wardc@azdhs.gov

602-542-2075

 

State as an employer

 

Employer, Medicaid and private health plans

 

URL

 URL

Florida Department of Health

Gregg Smith, MBA, Policy Administrator and

Jennifer Harris, Statewide Tobacco Policy Manager

 

Gregg_Smith @doh.state.fl.us; Jennifer_Harris@doh.state.fl.us

850-245-4444 ext. 2485 (GS); 772-871-7258 (JH)

 

None

County government, school districts, and city governments

 

URL

 URL

Kentucky Department for Health

Bobbye Gray, Tobacco Cessation Administrator

bobbye.gray@ky.gov

502-564-9358 ext. 4017

None

State as an employer, Medicaid MCO’s, major private health plans

 

URL

 URL

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control

 

Sara Wolfe, MS, Quitline Manager

Sara.Wolfe@maryland.gov

410-767-1364

 

Medicaid FFP

Employers, State as an employer, Medicaid, and private health plans.

 

URL

 URL

Massachusetts; Department of Public Health, Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

 

Anna Landau, MPH, Director of Tobacco Cessation Programs

 

anna.landau@state.ma.us

 

617-624-5941

Medicaid FFP; private plans; trade unions

 

State as an employer; private health plans; Medicaid behavioral health carve-out

 

URL

 Coming soon! 

Nevada State Health Division, Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section, Tobacco prevention and Control Program

 

Natalie Powell, MPH, Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator 

 

 

npowell@health.nv.gov

 

775- 684-5834 

None

None at present

URL

 Not available! 

New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Teresa Brown, BS, TSS

tmbrown@dhhs.state.nh.us

603-271-8949

None

Medicaid

 

 

URL

 URL

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Joyce Swetlick, MPH; Director of Tobacco Cessation

joyce.swetlick@dhhs.nc.gov

919-707-5402

NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees; Medicaid FFP MOU

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC; Orange County as an employer; Medicaid

 

 

N/A

 URL

Rhode Island Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program

Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Cessation Coordinator

Dana.MccantsDerisier@health.ri.gov

401-222-7625

 

None

State as an employer, Medicaid (managed care and fee-for-service), and major private health plans

 

URL

 URL

Texas, University of Texas at Austin

Shelley Karn, EdD, Program Manager for Tobacco Control and Prevention

shelleykarn@mail.utexas.edu

512-232-9307

None

State as an employer, Medicaid (managed care and fee-for-service), and major private health plans

N/A

 Coming soon!

Utah Department of Health

 

Sandra Schulthies, MS, Cessation Services Coordinator

sandys1@utah.gov

801-538-6502

Intermountain Healthcare/Select Health (large employer)contracts directly with a quitline vendor and Public Employees Health Plan (State as an employer) contracts with state quitline

 

Private health plans and employers, and Medicaid

 

URL

 URL

 

If you are interested in advancing cost –sharing partnerships in your state, please contact Deb Osborne, Manager of Public-private Partnerships at dosborne@naquitline.org.   

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