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Board Communique (Summer 2017)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Dear Colleagues:
The recent NAQC Conference in Austin, Texas, provided an important interactive experience and a wealth of sharing and learning for those of us who attended. Your passion and desire to advance quitline practice was clear and exceeded the Board’s expectations.
As part of the conference, the Board presented NAQC’s current approach on three important topics:

  • Integrating technology into quitlines
  • Creating cost-sharing partnerships
  • Bridging public health and medical care collaborations

We posed questions on each topic and asked for your feedback. We heard from some members during the session and received written feedback from many more. At the April 18th Board meeting, we discussed the feedback at length and made some changes to the “Ends Statement” or key objectives of the organization. The revised Ends Statement reflects NAQC’s commitment of service to you.

NAQC Ends Statement
(revised May 2017)

A. Members will have the knowledge and skills they need to adapt quitlines in a rapidly changing environment.
- Knowledge and skills may vary by type of member
- Innovations will be important for adapting to the rapidly changing environment

B. There will be broad support for quitlines among government agencies, voluntary organizations (i.e., civil society), healthcare organizations and private sector purchasers (i.e., health plans, insurers and employers), resulting in increased utilization of highly effective evidence-based services.

C. Members will have a forum for networking, problem solving, and information exchange that is well utilized and influential.

D. To ensure continuous quality improvement of quitlines:
- Members will be aware of and adopt up-to-date quality standards developed and disseminated byNAQC to advance access to and effectiveness of quitlines.
- NAQC will advance key strategies and important innovations at the national level.

E. Members will use quitlines in ways that help address disparities and reach priority populations.

In these times of uncertainty, NAQC is taking action and working with many of you to improve the visibility and support for quitlines, maintain quitline funding at the national and state levels and to improve the quality of quitline services. We pledge to continue this important work and encourage you to participate in NAQC activities.
On behalf of the entire Board, I thank you for your dedication to the field and your many contributions to NAQC!

Chad Morris, PhD
Board Chair

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