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Have you provided your feedback on NAQC’s project to support HUD’s new smoke-free rule? Do so by May

Monday, May 7, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear NAQC Members,

NAQC is requesting your feedback on these questions (for additional details on the approaches and recommendations, please see the written summary and webinar link below):
  1. Do you support the idea of measuring the number of calls to the quitline from residents of public housing?
  2. What is your opinion on the workgroup’s two approaches for measuring the number of calls to the quitline from PHA residents (an optional intake question and a cross-matching procedure)?
  3. What is your opinion on the workgroup’s recommendation for piloting both approaches?
  4. Would your state quitline be interested in discussing participation in the pilot test for either/both approaches from July 1 to September 30, 2018?
Please email your feedback by May 9, 2018 to Maria Rudie, NAQC Research Manager at mrudie@naquitline.org.
 
Link to April 25th webinar on HUD’s Smokefree Rule and Quitlines.
 
Thank you very much for your help and feedback. We appreciate it!

On July 30, 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new rule requiring all Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to adopt a smoke-free policy will take effect. Although HUD’s new smoke-free rule does not require PHA residents to quit smoking, cessation resources, like state quitlines, will be promoted as the rule is implemented and may play an important role in helping many residents quit. I am asking for your feedback on ways NAQC can support residents of PHAs in their quit attempts.

The adult smoking prevalence among public housing residents is estimated at 38% by resources like The Extinguish Tool, well above the current adult smoking rate of 15%, making this population an important target for tobacco cessation activities.

To advance our understanding of whether HUD’s smoke-free rule is increasing utilization of state quitlines, NAQC convened a workgroup to: 1) gather information on existing state tobacco control/cessation activities to encourage and support PHA residents to quit; and 2) to develop a recommendation for a standardized approach for measuring the number of PHA residents who call state quitlines. 

On April 25, NAQC held a webinar, during which the workgroup and NAQC staff presented their findings and initial recommendations. Highlights from this project, a request for your feedback and a link to the webinar recording are below.
 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PROJECT AND REQUEST FOR YOUR FEEDBACK

Information on states engaged in tobacco control activities with PHAs and the types of activities
NAQC knows of 18 states that are offering tobacco control/cessation activities to encourage and support PHA residents to quit. The activities involve:
  • Providing door hangers/brochures for local organizations to distribute in public housing buildings.
  • Working with community health workers to assist connecting public housing residents with the quitline or other cessation services.
  • Providing information on the quitline to public housing managers and stakeholders.
  • Conducting focus groups with public housing residents to understand barriers to cessation and the quitline.
The states are listed below:

Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.   

If your state is offering tobacco control/cessation activities to PHAs and is not listed above, please let us know by emailing Tasha Moses, NAQC Program Manager at tmoses@naquitline.org.
 
Recommendation for a standardized approach for measuring the number of PHA residents who call state quitlines
The NAQC workgroup has identified two possible approaches for measuring the number of PHA residents who call quitlines: 1) an optional intake question; and 2) cross-matching quitline caller with the addresses of PHAs.  The optional intake question is based on an existing intake question used in Pennsylvania that has been revised slightly by the workgroup (note: currently 2 state quitlines are measuring the number of callers who are residents of PHAs). In Pennsylvania about 13% of callers self-identify as living in PHAs (range from 11.7% to 18.9% in years FY13 to FY17).By the end of June, the workgroup will complete testing of its optional intake question and the cross-matching procedure in 5 states.
 
The workgroup recommends that an additional 6 to 10 state quitlines pilot both approaches from July 1 thru September 30, 2018.
 
NAQC is requesting your feedback on these questions (for additional details on the approaches and recommendations, please see the webinar link below):
  1. Do you support the idea of measuring the number of calls to the quitline from residents of public housing?
  2. What is your opinion on the workgroup’s two approaches for measuring the number of calls to the quitline from PHA residents (an optional intake question and a cross-matching procedure)?
  3. What is your opinion on the workgroup’s recommendation for piloting both approaches?
  4. Would your state quitline be interested in discussing participation in the pilot test for either/both approaches from July 1 to September 30, 2018?
Please email your feedback by May 9, 2018 to Maria Rudie, NAQC Research Manager at mrudie@naquitline.org.
 
Link to April 25th webinar on HUD’s Smokefree Rule and Quitlines.
 
Thank you very much for your help and feedback. We appreciate it!
 
Sincerely,
 
Linda Bailey
President & CEO

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