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State Briefs

Since December 2011, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and more recently Washington have participated in the NAQC Public-Private Partnership Initiative to advance tobacco cessation coverage and sustainability of state quitlines.  The initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides support to participating states through webinar presentations/trainings, discussion groups, one-on-one technical assistance and resources available on the NAQC Public-Private Partnership web-page. 

To learn about state’s experiences in applying the information, please see A Promising Practices Report --Public-Private Partnership Initiative: Working to Advance Cessation Coverage among Private and Public Insurers.


To learn more about each of the state’s goals and activities towards partnership development, please see each State’s Briefs (2011) and Progress Summaries (Sept 2014 and 2016). You can view the progress article here and a 2016 all state summary  here.

State Organization


Project Lead



Existing Cost-Sharing Partnerships

Current Partnership Focus


State Brief

Progress Summary (2014)  Progress Summary (2016)

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease

Adrienne Lent, MBA, MPH, Tobacco Program Lead




520-318-7212 x 420
800-552-6222 x 420


State as an employer


Employers and private health plans




Florida Department of Health

Robert Ostbye, MPH,
Statewide Tobacco Policy Manager




Employers, county government, school districts, and city governments



 URL   Not available

Kentucky Department for Health

Bobbye Gray, Tobacco Cessation Administrator

502-564-9358 ext. 4017

Employers, city/county municapalities

State as an employer, Medicaid MCO’s, major private health plans, employers




Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control


Sara Wolfe, MS, Quitline Manager



Medicaid FFP

Employers, State as an employer, Medicaid, and private health plans.




Massachusetts; Department of Public Health, Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program


 Anita Christie, RN MHA CPHQ, Director


Medicaid FFP; private plans; trade unions


State as an employer; private health plans; Medicaid behavioral health carve-out



 Not available   URL

New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Teresa Brown, BS, TSS








North Carolina Division of Public Health

Joyce Swetlick, MPH; Director of Tobacco Cessation


NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees; Medicaid FFP, County/City municipalities, employers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC







Rhode Island Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program

Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Cessation Coordinator




State as an employer, Medicaid (managed care and fee-for-service), and major private health plans




Utah Department of Health


Sandra Schulthies, MS, Cessation Services Coordinator


Intermountain Healthcare/Select Health (large employer)contracts directly with a quitline vendor and Public Employees Health Plan (State as an employer) contracts with state quitline


Private health plans and employers, and Medicaid



Washington State Department of Health Nick Fradkin, Tobacco Cessation Consultant   360-236-3518 Some state employee plans, Medicaid FFS and 4 Medicaid MCOs, employers, health plans contract directly with service provider Health plans, Medicaid, State as Employer  N/A  N/A  URL


If you are interested in advancing cost –sharing partnerships in your state, please contact Deb Osborne, Manager of Public-private Partnerships at   

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