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Summer Webinars Heating UP!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues:

While many of you may be taking a relaxing beach vacation this summer, or jetting off to a foreign land for a little R&R, NAQC will be right here with a summer full of exciting, engaging and enriching webinars! Join your colleagues as we explore everything from texting to relapse prevention; from pregnant women to the Asian Smokers’ Quitline. Click HERE to register now!

June 26
12:30 – 2PM ET
Integration of Tobacco Cessation Medications in State and Provincial Quitlines: Evidence, Current Practice and Recommendations for Progress
NAQC’s most recent Quality Improvement Initiative Issue Paper,Integration of Tobacco Cessation Medications in State and Provincial Quitlines: A Review of the Evidence and Practice with Recommendations (2014 Update)provides a comprehensive review of the literature and practice related to the integration of tobacco cessation medications and quitline services that reflects additions to the evidence base and improvements in practice since the first publication (2009). The author discusses the major factors that must be considered in deciding if medications should be offered as part of quitline services, including such topics as cost-effectiveness analysis, choice of medication, determination of quantity of medication to provide and the method of distribution of medications that will be used. A new section on e-cigarettes appears in the update, as well as new content related to concurrent use in order to reflect the FDA’s new warning label regulations. Updated recommendations on key issues related to integration of medications into quitline services are also highlighted.

Join us in this webinar as the issue paper’s author, Ken Wassum, reviews the update and its recommendations to quitlines and two states share their experiences offering medications via their quitline. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

July 16
12:30 – 2PM ET
Linking Quitlines with Internet Cessation Programming, Text Messaging and Social Networks
How are new technologies helping people quit? What outcomes are quitlines trying to achieve by integrating these technologies with counseling services? What are the evidence and practice telling us? In this webinar, we will review the landscape of internet cessation programming, text messaging and social networks, and their impact on reach and effectiveness.

July 23
12:30 – 2PM ET
Quitline Services to Pregnant and Postpartum Women: the Evidence, the Practice and the Outcomes
According to 2010 Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from 27 states, approximately 11% of women reported smoking during the last three months of pregnancy. Of women who smoked 3 months before pregnancy, 54% quit during pregnancy however, 43% relapsed within six months after delivery. Helping pregnant women to stop smoking and to stay quit is an essential component of current state quitline service offerings, and many states consider pregnant women a priority population for quitline services.

Join us for this important webinar in which we will highlight a CDC and NAQC issue paper (publication expected mid-summer) that aims to present evaluation and research data in an easy-to-use format to guide and inform decision-making, resource allocation and service model development for quitline services to pregnant and postpartum women. Examples from current practice that reflect the evidence base will be highlighted, and recommendations contained in the paper will be discussed.

August 27
12:30 – 2PM ET
The Asian Smokers’ Quitline
Join Asian Smokers’ Quitline staff, including Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu, in a review of intake data gathered so far and a discussion of effective promotional efforts by states in generating calls to this vital cessation resource.

September 17
12:30 – 2PM ET
Innovations in Relapse Prevention: A Discussion of Strategies and Solutions
Quitlines are extremely successful in supporting quit attempts and in helping people quit. However, many successful quitters relapse over time. What are quitlines doing to reduce the numbers of quitters who return to smoking? What specific strategies are they finding most promising? Join us in this final webinar of the summer to discuss promising approaches to preventing relapse.

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