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Tobacco Systems Change

We are pleased to share updates from the November 2017 Connections newsletter – read the complete issue. The next issue will be sent in January 2018.


Learning Opportunities

Reaching Immigrant & Refugee Populations through a Culturally-Responsive Community Health Worker Model Focusing on Tobacco Systems Change

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 12-12:45pm CT | Webinar

WellShare International's East African Smoke-Free Program and Karen Tobacco-Free Program will share highlights of their work in the Somali/East African and Karen communities of Minnesota. Webinar highlights will include an overview of the Community Health Worker (CHW) role and its importance, key MN building blocks for CHW scope of practice, education and coverage, and basic culturally-responsive cessation activities currently underway. The MN Community Health Worker Alliance builds community and systems' capacity for better health through the integration of CHW strategies in Minnesota's health care, public health and social services systems.

After this webinar, you will:
  • Understand the role and purpose of a community health worker
  • Understand tobacco use behavior and prevalence in two diverse communities of Minnesota
  • Take away key lessons learned for tobacco systems change work in communities
To register, go to this link . You will be provided with webinar instructions and a call-in information when your registration is confirmed.

Tobacco Systems Change Interest Group Meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

Tobacco Systems Change Interest Group members: mark your calendar for the next meeting. We will be exploring the great ongoing work and will be putting the finishing touches on our Statewide Event planning. More details to follow.

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 Jeyn Monkman.


New opportunities to advance your learning

"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. Learn about Medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Education and How to Talk About Tobacco Without Lighting a Fire.
The response to this offering has been incredible and all available spots filled up quickly. If you are interested in this offering, please contact Sarah Horst Evans to get added to our wait list.
See the flyer for more information about Jump Start. 

Tools & Resources

The resources in this section 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 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 11/13/17