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State Briefs

Since December 2011, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, 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, 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



Existing Cost-Sharing Partnerships

Current Partnership Focus


State Brief

Progress Summary (2014) 

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

Adrienne Lent, MBA, MPH, Tobacco Program Lead




520-318-7212 x 420
800-552-6222 x 420


State as an employer


Employer, Medicaid and private health plans




Florida Department of Health

Gregg Smith, MBA, Policy Administrator and

Jennifer Harris, Statewide Tobacco Policy Manager



850-245-4444 ext. 2485 (GS); 772-873-4938 (JH)



County government, school districts, and city governments




Kentucky Department for Health

Bobbye Gray, Tobacco Cessation Administrator

502-564-9358 ext. 4017


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




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


Sara Wolfe, MS, Quitline Manager



Medicaid FFP

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




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


Anna Landau, MPH, Director of Tobacco Cessation Programs



Medicaid FFP; private plans; trade unions


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



 Not available 

New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Teresa Brown, BS, TSS








North Carolina Division of Public Health

Joyce Swetlick, MPH; Director of Tobacco Cessation


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


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





Rhode Island Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program

Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Cessation Coordinator




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




Utah Department of Health


Sandra Schulthies, MS, Cessation Services Coordinator


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





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

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