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Connections November 2009

Update from the CEO

Health Reform Legislation Takes Big Step Forward: House Passes Reform Bill
Health care reform continues to move forward in the U.S. On November 7, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of health care reform legislation. The bill, H.R. 3962, "The Affordable Health Care for America Act”, contains several important tobacco-related provisions including cessation coverage and funding for community prevention efforts (view the full text of the legislation). 
Below is a brief summary of the key tobacco-related provisions found in H.R. 3962:  

Private Health Insurance
  • Health benefits plans would be required to cover an "essential benefits package” that includes preventive services receiving an A or B grade from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Please note that tobacco cessation is graded as an "A” preventive service. For more details on the USPSTF tobacco cessation recommendations, please review Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in Adults and Pregnant Women Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement.
  • Coverage of the essential benefits package would not be required for individual-market health insurance policies issued prior to 2013. Employer-sponsored health plans in existence prior to 2013 would be required to cover the essential benefits package in 2018.
  • The essential benefits package contains no cost-sharing requirements for preventive services.
  • Charging higher premium rates based on tobacco use would not be permitted.
Medicaid
  • State Medicaid programs would be required to cover preventive services recommended with a grade of A or B by the USPSTF.
  • The current ability of states to exclude cessation drugs from their Medicaid drug formularies would be eliminated as would cost-sharing requirements for preventive services. 

    Prevention Trust Fund
  • A Public Health Investment Fund would be established containing a total of $34 billion for FY 2011 - 2015.  Funding would be used for community health centers, workforce development and prevention. 
  • A Prevention and Wellness Trust (funded by the Investment Fund) would be established and used to: 1) carry out the functions of the clinical and community prevention task forces; 2) fund prevention and wellness research; 3) deliver community preventive and wellness services; 4) build core public health infrastructure for state, local, and tribal health departments; and 5) build core public health infrastructure for the CDC.
  • The Community Prevention and Wellness Services Grants in the bill would be used to provide evidence-based, community prevention and wellness services in priority areas identified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the national prevention strategy.

    Linda Bailey, JD, MHS
    NAQC President & CEO
News & Updates
 
NAQC News

NAQC Annual Survey – Sneak Peak!

Thank you to everyone who submitted surveys for wave one of the annual survey for 2009. 96% of US quitlines and 80% of Canadian quitlines submitted data so far. Some findings of interest include the following:
  • 36% of US quitlines and 38% of Canadian quitlines reported an increase in quitline budgets during fiscal year 2009 (FY09)
  • 21% of US quitlines and 0 Canadian quitlines reported a decrease in quitline budgets during FY09
  • 33 US quitlines and 1 Canadian quitline reported a surge in call volume in FY09 – nearly all were attributable to the US federal or state tax increases. Many quitlines had to cut back on services due to the increased call volumes.
Quitlines are planning promotional strategies that are less costly in FY10; fewer are planning television campaigns, and more are planning outreach to health care provider networks as compared to FY09.
Quitlines are expecting to serve more callers in FY10 than they did in FY09.

Additional findings from the survey will be made available as the analysis is completed. NAQC plans to distribute initial materials based on wave one results by January 2010 and a full analysis of waves one and two will be available in June.

NAQC Thanks Dr. Corinne Husten for Her Outstanding Dedication and Service
NAQC Board of Director’s member Dr. Corinne Husten recently accepted a position as senior medical advisor with the new Center for Tobacco Products at FDA. FDA restricts staff from serving on Boards to avoid conflicts of interest on regulatory action. As a result, Corinne has resigned her position on the NAQC Board.

Corinne was elected to the Board in June 2009 and contributed to the development of NAQC’s strategic goals, discussions on NAQC’s relationship to the pharmaceutical industry, and other NAQC business. Although we will miss her on the board, Corinne will have tremendous opportunities to do great things for tobacco control in this new position. Congratulations Corinne and best of luck.

Board of Directors Poll on Pharmaceutical Industry Membership and Funding
Thank you to all members who responded to the NAQC Board of Directors’ poll at the end of last month. Board members will review results of the poll and begin work on a NAQC policy on this issue. If you have any questions, please email Board@naquitline.org.

NAQC Board of Director’s Call for Nominations
The Board’s "Call for Nominations” will be distributed to members this month. This is an important way for members to influence the leadership of NAQC. If you have ideas for new Board members, please send them to Board@naquitline.org.

2009 NAQC Seminar Series Draws to an End
The 2009 seminar series, "Sustaining Quitlines Now and in the Future: Topics to Build the Case,” aimed to facilitate the exchange and growth of knowledge across the quitline community on practices that impact on and build the case for sustaining quitlines across North America. With only one seminar remaining in this year’s series (see below) we begin to turn our attention to the 2010 series – NAQC’s 6th! 2010 will highlight programs, practices, strategies and solutions for improving the quality of quitline services and will build on the continued outcomes of NAQC’s Quality Improvement Initiative. If you have any suggestions for topics and/or speakers for the upcoming series, please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at tthomas-haase@naquitline.org.

For those of you who were unable to attend the November seminar, a recording of the entire November 6th seminar is now posted to the NAQC website. To our Canadian members who were busy attending the Canadian National Conference on Tobacco or Health during both seminar calls, we hope this recording is helpful to you. Listen to the recording.  (Note: You will need to be logged in as a NAQC member to access the recording)

Be sure to get the final seminar on your calendars!
December 9th: 3:30 – 5 PM ET and December 11th: 12:30 – 2 PM ET
 WEBINAR
2009 Quitline and Cessation Research: Implications for our Practice?

NAQC Annual Survey Update – Wave Two
Optional Training Calls November 16 and December 2

Wave two of the NAQC Annual Survey is now open. The deadline for the survey has been extended to December 15 due to ARRA funding proposal deadlines. Extensions are available beyond December 15 upon request. All information and materials for the survey, including survey instructions and login information, are on the 2009 Survey page of the NAQC Website.

Training Calls

Optional training calls will be held Monday, November 16, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST and Wednesday, December 2, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST. The same information will be repeated during both calls, so you only need to attend one of the calls. Training calls are optional, and will be recorded. The recording will be posted on the 2009 Survey page of NAQC’s website.

Call-in Information and Details
For quick access for both calls, go to https://www.spiderphone.com/58253944
(This link will help connect both your browser and telephone to the call)
OR dial 1 (888) 550-5602 and enter 5825 3944

Survey - Wave Two: Purpose and Content
The focus of data collection for Wave Two will be quitline and quitline-related services provided (types, hours, materials, special protocols, eligibility, etc.), service provider information, selected aggregate MDS intake items and evaluation protocols (not outcomes). Data from this wave of the survey will be used to report on the state of quitlines in Canada and the US, in combination with data already provided from Wave One of the survey.

The biggest change for Wave Two from previous years will be the collection of aggregate MDS intake items, which will help NAQC provide the first national picture of the types of callers quitlines are serving in the U.S. and Canada. Please contact Jessie Saul, NAQC’s Director of Research, for any questions about Wave Two of the Annual Survey, at jsaul@naquitline.org.

New Quality Improvement Resources Posted to the NAQC Web Site
If you have not visited the Quality Improvement Initiative section of the NAQC web site, now would be an exciting time to do so! Two additional documents have recently been posted and we invite you to take a look.

Integration of Tobacco Cessation Medications in State and Provincial Quitlines: A Review of the Evidence and the Practice with Recommendations (2009)
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the current literature and practice related to the integration of tobacco cessation medications and quitline services. The authors discuss 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. Recommendations on key issues related to integration of medications into quitline services are also highlighted.

Increasing Reach of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines (2009)
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the current literature on a wide variety of strategies to increase reach of tobacco cessation quitlines. Additionally, several examples from practice are included. The paper also highlights recommendations for quitline reach and funding levels from key government and health agencies, highlighting the need to increase reach to more tobacco users to save lives and direct medical costs.

Should you have any questions about the Quality Improvement Initiative please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at tthomas-haase@naquitline.org.  In service to our members and to continue our work to maximize the access, use and effectiveness of quitlines, NAQC also develops tools and provides technical assistance to quitlines as they implement the Quality Improvement Initiative’s recommended standard outcomes. Should you have any questions about implementation or to request technical assistance, please email Jessie Saul at jsaul@naquitline.org.

Quitline, Cessation & Other Tobacco News

Great American Smokeout – November 19, 2009
The 34th Great American Smokeout is a great time to promote the quitline. On this day, smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit or to actually quit smoking on that day. The GASO Web site contains more information.

Maximizing ARRA Funding Opportunities Encouraged to Demonstrate Unmet Need for Tobacco Control Funding

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) has prepared a summary of the key elements of a tobacco control policy educational initiative which can be used to help states identify activities to include in application(s) and in project budgets. The activities can be applied across the range of policy initiatives.
 
CTFK encourages all states to apply for both the non-competitive AND competitive grant opportunities made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. This may be the best opportunity we have in the coming years to get additional funds for important tobacco control efforts. A great deal of effort was made to ensure that at least some stimulus dollars could be used for tobacco control, so we need to be able to show that there is a high level of demand for these dollars in the tobacco control community.  
 
California Smokers’ Helpline Helps First Half-Million Callers
California’s quitline, in operation since 1992, is celebrating a tremendous milestone. This month, the 500,000th person called for services. Congratulations to the California Smokers’ Helpline, the first statewide quitline in the U.S. California is using this opportunity to promote the importance of health care referrals to encourage more quitting among smokers and tobacco chewers. According to the 2005 California Tobacco Survey, 62 percent of smokers were advised by a doctor to quit smoking, but only 33 percent of those were referred to a quit smoking program. The Helpline has experienced a big increase in referrals by health care providers, from six percent of callers in 1992 to nearly 44 percent today. Still, the Helpline wants to see more intervention by medical personnel.

American Lung Association, Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage 2009, Report Released
Last week, the American Lung Association released the second annual Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage report.  The report addresses state coverage of cessation treatments through Medicaid, state employee health plans, private insurance, and quitlines in 2009.  It calls for states to do more to help smokers quit. The report includes information about the following recommendations:
  • Provide all smokers with access to cessation treatments in health care reform. 
  • Provide all Medicaid recipients and state employees with comprehensive, easily-accessible tobacco cessation medications and counseling.
  • Offer comprehensive cessation coverage through private insurance plans and require all insurance companies to cover these treatments. 
Review the full report or view detailed, state-specific information on cessation coverage through the ALA State Tobacco Cessation Coverage Database

National EX Campaign Launches Second Phase with Advertising and Promotions
The National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation has launched the second phase of the EX campaign with radio, cable television, online, print and ambient/out-of-home channels. The new set of "Re-learn” ads focuses on the behavioral aspects of smoking, knowledge of addiction and use of medications and the role that friends and family can play in quitting. The ads are geared towards sports fans and two spots will be aired as public service announcements in cooperation with The Advertising Council. The campaign will run from November 1 through January.  partnerships with Major League Baseball on Fox, "Bassmasters" on ESPN2 and on radio through ABC and Sporting News Radio. The ads will promote BecomeAnEx.org.

Review descriptions of the television spots and the complete release.

Legacy Survey Finds One in Three Sports Fans Smoke, Five Out of Six Smoke While Watching Sports
This survey found that the majority (63 percent) of sports fans included in the study reported being current or former smokers and 76 percent of them have smoked while watching or attending sporting events. The study examines whether sports fans were exposed to secondhand smoke while watching sports; smoked while watching sports at certain venues; or whether those who quit smoking relapsed while watching a game. The survey also examined whether watching sports was a trigger for fans who smoke. More information is available on the American Legacy Foundation Web site.

New Articles and Tools Related to the 2008 US PHS Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
Since the May 2008 release of the US PHS Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, several new tools have been developed and are now available online. As with all guideline materials and information, these tools are in the public domain and can be used without obtaining permission from the US PHS.  These new materials and tools include:
 
1)  A 20-page "quick reference guide” for clinicians that summarizes key Guideline findings in a short, easy-to-use guide.
2)  A PowerPoint presentation containing every data table and recommendation in the 2008 guideline to aid policymakers, researchers and others who may need this information for presentations.
3)  A 30-40 minute PowerPoint presentation that summarizes key findings in the 2008 guideline for people who wish to give a presentation on the Guideline.
4)  A tool for health systems interested in incorporating the Guideline recommendations into clinical practice, summarizing key strategies and opportunities.
5)  An updated poster for clinician offices.
6)  A new Guideline addition and corrections section.  This new section now provides clinicians with a link to the recent update by the FDA on the use of bupropion and varenicline and a correction to Table 6.22 from page 102.
 
These new tools and other materials, including the full Guideline and references, are available online at:
http://www.ahrq.gov/path/tobacco.htm and http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/

In addition, a free, one-hour CME program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health on treating tobacco dependence has been updated based on the 2008 Guideline.  The program is currently accredited for physicians (up to Category 1 CME credit), nurses (one ANCC contact hour), and pharmacists (one ACPE contact hour).  The CME program is available on Medscape.
 
Two Important Recent Publications Related to Cessation
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that using evidence-based cessation interventions in adults and pregnant women can lead many to quit using tobacco products and improve their health.  
 
An article in Addiction that describes the high rate of concordance between two independent entities that have examined the smoking cessation literature: the 2008 PHS Guideline and relevant Cochrane Collaboration analyses (Hughes JR.  How confident should we be that smoking cessation treatments work? Addiction 2009; published online August 4, 2009.)

Enrollment Now Open for Tobacco Chewers and Dippers Nationwide
The California Tobacco Chewers’ Helpline (1-800-844-CHEW), with funding from the National Cancer Institute, is currently enrolling participants nationwide in an important new research study. Smokeless tobacco users will be randomly assigned to participate in one of four quitting programs that use research-tested methods.  Study participants will be able to use the tobacco cessation program at home at times that fit their own personal schedules. They will be asked to complete two follow-up surveys for which they will receive a small payment.

Regular use of smokeless tobacco products can cause cancer of the mouth, other cancers, heart disease, and disfiguring dental problems. Most dippers and chewers want to quit but have resources designed specifically to help them quit. For more information or to sign up for this new program, chewers living anywhere in the United States can call toll free at 1-800-844-CHEW Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm PST and Saturday from 9am to 1pm PST.  Questions can also be directed to chewhelpline@ucsd.edu.

Proposed Healthy People 2020 Objectives Now Online

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has posted the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives online.  Objectives for all focus areas can be accessed at http://www.healthypeople.gov/ or you can access the proposed Tobacco Objectives.

HHS is seeking public input from communities across the country on the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives through a series of public meetings. Meetings were already held in Kansas City and Philadelphia. The last meeting is on Tues. Nov. 20 in Seattle. For more information.

HHS will also be accepting public comments about proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives online beginning October 30, 2009 through December 31. 2009. More information about the public comment process. If you have any questions, please feel free to email hp2020tobacco@cdc.gov or contact Allison MacNeil at 770-488-5529 or Gabbi Promoff at 770-488-6491.

FDA Extends Comment Period
The FDA has extended the period for submitting comments on the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  Comments are now due December 28, 2009. Members are encouraged to submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov/ or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

- For more information, view the extenstion notice

- NAQC's comments to FDA
- FDA Resources on legal, regulatory, and policy issues related to tobacco products

Key Provisions of FDA Tobacco Regulation Retained in Recent Ruling
Earlier this month, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled that tobacco companies would have to submit for FDA review any claims of reduced risk despite their challenge to the provision. The complete statement offered by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Legacy Foundation is available on the CTFK Web site.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Seeking Nominations for U.S. Youth Advocate of the Year
Please consider nominating a youth who has advocated for cessation or quitlines in your state for CTFK’s Youth Advocate of the Year! Winners are chosen based on their advocacy experience, their demonstration of initiative and creativity, and the effectiveness of their efforts to prevent youth from smoking, among other qualities. Youth Advocate of the Year Award winners are given the opportunity to be part of the Campaign’s efforts throughout the year. Winners gain leadership experience that helps strengthen their advocacy skills and empower their peers to join the movement against the tobacco industry. 

The nomination packet is available on the CTFK Web site. Nomination forms must be POSTMARKED by Friday, January 22, 2010. Winners will be notified of a decision by Friday, March 5, 2010. Advocates will be formally recognized at the annual gala on May 12, 2010.
 
Please note that there are a few differences from in past years. If you have any questions, contact April Schweitzer at aschweitzer@tobaccofreekids.org

Research
 
Articles

QUITLINE ARTICLES
Telephone Recruitment into a Randomized Controlled Trial of Quitline Support
Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers J, Knight J, Lecathelinais C, Daly J, Neil A, Girgis. American Journal Preventive Medicine. 2009 Oct;37(4):324-9.
This study investigated the impact of recruiting smokers to the quitline by randomly selecting people in the New South Wales (NSW) electronic telephone directory. Over half (52%) of eligible smokers contacted by telephone were recruited for quitline services. The cost per smoker recruited was AU$71 (US$59). The participants recruited represented groups that are currently under-represented among quitline users, including those not planning to quit in the next 30 days, older smokers, more highly educated smokers, non-metropolitan residents and more heavily addicted smokers. The authors conclude that active telephone recruitment may provide a cost-effective way to dramatically increase the number of smokers using quitline services.

CESSATION ARTICLES
Surveillance Indicators for Potential Reduced Exposure Products (PREPs): Developing Survey Items to Measure Awareness

Bogen K, Biener L, Garrett CA, Allen J, Cummings KM, Hartman A, Marcus S, McNeill A, O’Connor RJ, Parascandola M, Pederson L. Harm Reduction Journal. 2009; 6:27.
This study examined existing strategies for measuring awareness of Potential Reduced Exposure Products, or PREPS. Tobacco companies have begun to market PREPS, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products with reportedly lower levels of some toxins than conventional products. The study found that high levels of awareness of PREPS reported in some studies were likely inaccurate due to misclassification of "no additive” and "natural” cigarettes as PREPS, or brand confusion between similarly named products (e.g., Eclipse chewing gum and Accord automobiles). Based on the findings, the authors developed new surveillance items, subjected them to two rounds of cognitive testing and recommend these measurement strategies for future surveys.

Switching to "Lighter” Cigarettes and Quitting Smoking
Tindle HA, Shiffman S, Hartman AM, Bost JE. Tobacco Control. Online First November 3, 2009.
This study examined factors associated with switching from regular cigarettes to "lighter” cigarettes and making a quit attempt as well as recent quitting. The authors found that those who switched to "lighter” cigarettes were more likely to make a quit attempt, but less likely to be recently quit (>90 day abstinence when surveyed). The authors conclude that smokers who switch to "lighter” cigarettes may be diverted from quitting smoking.

TOBACCO-RELATED POLICY

The Cost of Tobacco Use in Saskatchewan. GPI Atlantic. Prepared for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Rhymes J and Coleman R. October 2009.
This study was commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan Division and reported that tobacco use in Saskatchewan creates a $1.1 billion drain to the province’s economy. The direct and indirect costs of tobacco result in a price tag of $1,063 for every resident – adults and children. Unfortunately, only 18% of those costs are offset through tobacco tax revenue. Access the full report.

MMWR
Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation – United States, 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. November 13, 2009; 58(44):1227-1232.
According to 2008 National Health Interview Survey data analyzed by CDC, smoking rates between 2007 (19.8%) and 2008 (20.6%) are statistically unchanged. Further, the rate of adult smoking over the past five years shows little to no change. Subgroups such as those with low educational levels have alarmingly high rates of smoking. For example, adults older than 24 (25+) with a GED had a smoking rate of 41.3%, and the lowest quit ratio (39.9%) than any other group.

State-Specific Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults – United States, 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. November 13, 2009; 58(44):1232-1235.
CDC analyzed 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from 11 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and found that exposure to SHS in homes ranged from 3.2% (Arizona) to 10.6% (West Virginia), and exposure to SHS in indoor workplaces varied from 6.0% (Tennessee) to 17.3% (USVI). Most people surveyed in the 11 states and USVI reported having completely smoke-free homes (68.8% in West Virginia to 85.7% in USVI). In addition, 2008 BRFSS data was analyzed to generate state-specific smoking rate estimates in 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and USVI).  Among states, smoking prevalence was highest in West Virginia (26.6 percent), Indiana (26.1 percent), and Kentucky (25.3 percent) and lowest in Utah (9.2 percent), California (14.0 percent), and New Jersey (14.8 percent). Median smoking prevalence for the 50 states and DC was 20.4% for men and 16.7% for women.
 
State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments --- United States, 2007 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. November 9, 2009; 58(43);1199-1204
In 2007, the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, surveyed all 51 Medicaid programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey results found that while 43 (84%) programs offered coverage for some form of tobacco-dependence treatment to Medicaid enrollees, only two states (New Mexico and New Jersey) reported no limitations or restrictions on that access (e.g., co-pays, limitations in duration of treatment, prior authorization, and stepped-care therapy). Two additional states (Arizona and Washington) reported coverage for pregnant women only. Forty-one programs (80%) covered some form of quitting medications; 26 programs (51%) covered tobacco cessation counseling (7 of which covered it only for pregnant women). Only four of the 26 states that cover counseling also covered telephone counseling using Medicaid funds (Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia). Access the full article.

Resources & Information

Resources
1-800 QUIT NOW Monthly Volume Reports: All Reports Since Inception Available on NAQC’s Web Site
NAQC’s library of monthly 1-800-QUIT-NOW call data reports is now complete starting with the first report issued in April 2005 through September 2009. The October 2009 is not yet available but will be posted as soon as it is released.

Podcast Available: What Happens When Your Patient Calls a Smoking Cessation Quitline?
This podcast includes an interview with Michael Fiore, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and focuses on the professionalism patients will find when they call a quitline. 
   
Conferences, Meetings & Trainings
November 19 Webinar: The Impact of the Massachusetts MassHealth (Medicaid) Benefit on Smoking Prevalence and Health Outcome
Implications for National and State Action
This Webinar is being presented as a partnership between the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Partnership for Prevention. The program will bring together public health leaders to discuss the results, implications and opportunities surrounding the Massachusetts Medicaid study, which measured changes in utilization and health outcomes following the establishment of comprehensive smoking cessation benefits for Massachusetts Medicaid recipients.     

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (ET) on November 19, 2009
More information about presenters and registration
 
15th Annual Rural Multiracial & Multicultural Health Conference: Blueprints for Success: Ideas for Change
December 9-11, 2009, Memphis, TN
For more information

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Feb. 24-27, 2010, Baltimore, MD

For more information

Opportunity for Travel Scholarship to Increase SRNT Membership Diversity 
The Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has established as one of its goals to increase the diversity of its membership. Therefore, SRNT is committed to increasing the diversity of researchers who help to stimulate and generate new knowledge concerning nicotine in all its manifestations -- from the molecular to the societal level. The scholarship program is a partnership between the American Legacy Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and is administered by the Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee of SRNT. Access more information including eligibility criteria and a scholarship application.

Society for Behavioral Medicine 2010 Conference
April 7-10, 2010 in Seattle, WA
For more information

Promising Practices: Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control – Call for Abstracts Now Open
April 27-28, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hotel Monteleone
For more information

11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine Conference and Call for Abstracts
Translational Behavioral Research: A Global Challenge
August 4 -7, 2010, Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
Members and non-members of the Society of Behavioral Medicine are invited to submit abstracts until December 4, 2009. Read more about the conference or the submission process.

National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) 18th Annual Conference – Call for Abstracts
August 5-7, 2010, Omaha, Nebraska
The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop or concurrent session presentation at their conference - Journey to the Future: Facing Public Health Challenges Today for a Healthier Tomorrow. More information
 
Position Announcements
 
University of Minnesota Positions
The Center for Health Equity is a Medical School center that was established in 2009 with receipt of an NIH Comprehensive Centers of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities award. The Center is looking for a Post-Doctoral Associate and a Center Administrative Director (master’s degree required, doctoral
Preferred).

Fellowships in Tobacco Control Research
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF
The purpose of the fellowship is to attract individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in medical, biological, social, behavioral, and policy sciences to develop a new generation of academic leaders in tobacco control. Upon completion of training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants in crucial policy debates about the future development and implementation of tobacco control interventions. Academic Background Required: Doctorate/Equivalent Degree Applications are due January 27, 2010, for fellowships beginning July 1, 2010.
 
Please direct requests for information and applications to:
Fellowship Assistant
Phone: 415-476-0140
Fax: 415-514-9345
Tobacco.fellowship@ucsf.edu

Funding Opportunities

NIDA and NCI Co-Sponsor RFA to Support Secondary Data Analysis
NIDA has developed and NCI is a co-sponsor of a unique RFA to perform secondary data analysis using small R01s. Topic must be related to drug abuse, but tobacco is included. This is a good opportunity for researchers with existing datasets and/or to use national datasets (HINTS, NHANES, etc).

NIH Recovery Act Grant Information Supported by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009
For information about NIH grant opportunities, visit the NIH Recovery Web site.

State and Community Tobacco Control Policy and Media Research RFA
The purpose of this RFA is to solicit cooperative agreement (U01) applications for research projects to investigate the effectiveness of the State and community tobacco control policy and media interventions. Focal areas include secondhand smoke policies, tax and pricing policies, tobacco industry marketing and promotion, mass media countermeasures, and community and social norms. The proposed projects may address tobacco use and exposure in any form in the United States and may involve both observational and intervention studies. This FOA also solicits separate cooperative agreement applications for a Coordinating Center for this program.
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 22, 2009 Application Receipt Date: January 22, 2010 Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 2010. More information.

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