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NAQC Conference 2012

Tuesday, September 27, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
The promotion and delivery of quality, evidence-based quitline services in the midst of difficult fiscal climates, ongoing healthcare reforms, shifting policy landscapes and an ever-growing demand for cessation services remains a critical priority for the entire quitline community and our partners. NAQC Conference 2012 will be the only national conference to focus solely on building the capacity of the quitline community to improve the availability and quality of its services while responding to these mounting challenges and opportunities.

The conference, including all plenary and breakout sessions, will focus on four principal areas or "tracks”: (1) accessibility and utilization; (2) promotion, partnership and referral; (3) organization, management and funding; and (4) quality and outcomes. Sessions will focus on current challenges, identifying strategies to address operational and implementation roadblocks and the translation of recent research and evaluation findings into improved strategies, practices and services.

NAQC Conference 2012 will take place August 13th and 14th as an ancillary meeting to the National Conference on Tobacco or Health. On-site registration will open on August 13th at 7 AM and the Welcome Plenary will begin at 10 AM that morning. The conference will close at 3 PM on Tuesday afternoon. The target audience for the conference is professionals who directly or indirectly influence the operations and funding of quitlines. This includes NAQC members and partners with an interest in quitlines and cessation. We anticipate that approximately 250 professionals will attend, including those from state and provincial governments, organizations that operate quitlines, researchers and evaluators, and national organizations that are active in tobacco control, cessation, chronic diseases and health systems.

In order to assist us with space planning and other logistical details, please indicate your anticipated ability to attend, by submitting an RSVP. Your RSVP in no way signifies a requirement to register, nor is it the formal registration form that will be required – it is for early planning purposes only.

Registration will open on February 2, 2012 and will be announced via an e-bulletin and posted on the NAQC Conference 2012 web page. Two lunches and break refreshments throughout the two-day event are included in the registration fee. Participants will be responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners.

Early-bird [February 2 – June 4] Regular
Member Rate $225 $250
Non-member Rate $400 $425

NAQC will depend on the time and talent of a small group of members to assist with conference planning efforts. Workgroup members will guide the development of the abstract submission form; score abstract submissions and recommend the final slate of breakout sessions; propose plenary topics and speakers; and provide general guidance on conference planning.

If you are interested in serving on the planning workgroup, please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at to learn more!

Registration Opens: February 2, 2012
Registration Closes: July 27, 2012
Call for Abstracts Opens: March 5, 2012
Call for Abstracts Closes: April 2, 2012

For more information please visit the NAQC Conference 2012 web page or contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at or call us at 800-398-5489.

We look forward to seeing you in August!

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