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Tobacco Systems Change


"Great information on NRT. Scripting examples really helpful! Fun exercises without a lot of pressure."

"We learned a new approach; a new way to ask patients the question."

"We can try it out as a small test of change - because it's really OK to start small!"

Boosting your efforts to address tobacco use and dependence with practical offerings for health care systems change.

Regional Workshops
Hit the Mark!

Over 60 people participated in workshops in St. Paul and Duluth to build your capacity to assess and address tobacco use among patients. They were designed for clinics and health care delivery systems, and included practical assistance on scripting and simple quality improvement tools and resources.

We are pleased to share the handout How to Ask About Smoking Without Lighting a Fire! Feel free to share it with others who could benefit. The presentations are available on the Tools & Resources page. 

From the Field

Hennepin County Medical Center: A Case Study
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) received a grant* from ClearWay MinnesotaSM to implement health systems changes to streamline tobacco user identification and treatment for tobacco dependence. This included finalizing and implementing a tobacco cessation workflow and creating a process for better identifying and referring patients. Key strategies included:

  • Integrating tobacco use questions into the ambulatory care rooming workflow
  • Modifying and implementing a tobacco SmartSet in the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Implementing electronic referrals to tobacco treatment resources (e.g., telephone Quitline)

Read the HCMC case study for noteworthy successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

* In 2014, ClearWay MinnesotaSM funded three organizations for two years to help them improve their ability to assess and address tobacco use with their patients. An external evaluator conducted a process evaluation, and Clearway MinnesotaSM worked with grantees to develop individual case studies that tell their stories. See the other case studies here.

Tools & Resources

These resources are curated from what others like you have found to be useful.

ICSI is partnering with ClearWay MinnesotaSM to increase the capacity of health systems to assess and address tobacco use. Our organizations are working together on this capacity building initiative to provide resources and tools to help health systems routinely intervene with their patients that use tobacco. Please contact ICSI's Jill Kemper at (952) 858-8991 for additional information. Join our list to stay informed.

Updated 04/06/17