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Announcing a new time-limited optional intake question for state quitlines working with public housi

Tuesday, June 19, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Dear Colleague,

NAQC is pleased to announce a new time-limited optional intake question for states interested in identifying the number of public housing agency (PHA) residents who call the state quitline.

In February 2018, NAQC convened a workgroup of 10 members to determine a mechanism state quitlines could use to identify Public Housing Agency (PHA) residents who call state quitlines. This effort was undertaken to support state tobacco control program activities related to implementation of HUD’s new smoke-free rule (Rule) for all PHAs.  The new Rule took effect in February 2017 and included an 18-month implementation period, with all PHAs expected to comply and have a smoke-free policy in place by July 31, 2018. As the new Rule is implemented, PHAs, as well as many federal, state and local health agencies, will promote a variety of cessation services available (including state quitlines) to PHA residents who are interested in quitting.  The new intake question will allow state quitlines to evaluate the impact of their activities on quit attempts by PHA residents.

The NAQC workgroup determined that the best way for state quitlines to identify the number of PHA residents who call the quitline is via an intake question. To balance concerns about adding a new question to the MDS intake, the new question will be optional and only in place for a two-year time period.  This new question will allow state quitlines to identify the number of PHA residents who call the quitline, and use the data for program and evaluation purposes. NAQC will monitor the adoption of the new question by state quitlines via the NAQC annual survey.

NAQC requests that states interested in the new optional intake question adopt the question by December 31, 2018, and keep the question in place thru December 31, 2020 (a two-year timeframe).

New MDS optional intake question:
“Do you currently live in public housing (sometimes called subsidized housing)?”

[Note, if clarification is needed, please use this script: Public housing is rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Eligibility is determined by criteria from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the group that administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs).]

  • Yes
  • No
  • Do not know
  • Refuse
Thank you to the workgroup for their thoughtful discussions on the best way for state quitlines to identify the number of PHA residents who call state quitlines. If you have questions about the new time-limited optional intake question, please contact me at

Maria Rudie
NAQC Research Manager

Membership 11 years!.

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