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NAQC Launches 18-month eReferral Grant from Pfizer and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
We are pleased to announce that NAQC has received an 18-month grant from Pfizer and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center that will focus on delivering quitline services to more smokers, especially those in priority populations, by establishing national capacity to implement eReferral systems between state quitlines and healthcare organizations! Over the past 2.5 years, a NAQC workgroup comprised of quitline service providers, state managers and health care institutions has been meeting to discuss their progress in developing capacity to refer smokers from health care institutions to quitlines through the health care institution’s electronic medical records (EMR) system. We call this eReferral.
This new 18-month grant will extend this work on eReferral to 5 additional quitline service providers (University of Arizona (ASHLine), American Lung Association, Information and Quality Healthcare, Avera McKennan, and beBetter) . NAQC has created five state teams that are comprised of the state funder (AZ, IL, MS, SD and WV), the state quitline service provider, and a health care institution that serves predominately underserved populations. Each state team will be responsible for carrying out an eReferral pilot project. The project begins in May 2015 and will be completed in October 2016. NAQC will provide training, technical support, and resources to the state teams throughout the project. We will be providing information and updates on this project on our website in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, check out the existing case studies and resources from the eReferral workgroup at: We hope that this project will increase referrals to quitlines and help integrate quitlines into health care institutions.
For any questions and more information, please contact Emma Goforth at 800-398-5489 Ext. 703 or

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