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Tobacco Systems Change

We are pleased to share updates from the September 2017 Connections newsletter – read the complete issue. The next issue will be sent in November.

Jump Start Your Efforts!

The Tobacco Health Systems Change Jump Start Program encourages your providers and staff to re-engage in tobacco cessation work by thinking about what they can do to support patients and to get them talking about the quit process in a different way. For a limited time we can provide up to two short, expert-facilitated sessions at your clinic on the following topics:

  • Medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Education
  • How to Talk About Tobacco Without Lighting a Fire

See the flyer for more information. If you'd like to explore whether this opportunity is a good fit for you, please contact Sarah Horst Evans ASAP.

Spring statewide event

Tuesday April 24, 2018 | 10 am - 3 pm CT, Wilder Center, St. Paul

Mark your calendar for this special day of learning, sharing and networking for all who have been a part of this work! More details will be shared as we develop the program. The Wilder Center is conveniently located at the southwest corner of University Avenue and Lexington Parkway. Free parking is available, and it is easily accessible by bus and light rail.

Call for speakers who can share their expertise, experiences, and lessons learned at the statewide event! Please send your ideas to Rochelle Hayes.


From the Field

CentraCare Health: A Case Study

In 2012, 13.8 percent of CentraCare's patients -approximately 27,000 people - reported current tobacco use. Given the large number of tobacco users and substantial impact of tobacco use on health, CentraCare proposed to implement a systems change approach to reach and extend treatment to all tobacco users they serve.

Its goal for this grant was to establish an innovative approach to treating tobacco dependence that would serve as a model for health systems across the country. Key strategies employed were:

  • Integrate tobacco dependence treatment into other health system priorities
  • Improve systems for tobacco user identification, treatment, and outreach
  • Improve clinician capacity to deliver evidence-based treatment

Read the CentraCare Health case study to learn more about their successes, challenges, and lessons learned. More case studies are available on the ClearWay Minnesota website.

Tools & Resources

The resources in this section are curated from what others like you have found to be useful. Note: We are in the process of adding more resources and reorganizing them so it's easier to find what you're looking for. Watch for the new look, coming soon!

ICSI is partnering with ClearWay MinnesotaSM to increase the capacity of health systems to assess and address tobacco use and dependence with practical offerings for health care systems change. Our organizations are working together through June of 2018 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 Jeyn Monkman at (952) 883-7980 for additional information. Join our list to stay informed.

Updated 09/13/17