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Tobacco Systems Change

Learning Opportunities

Tackling Tobacco through Re-engineered Primary Care 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 12-12:45 pm CT 

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Hailing from a New York state federally-qualified healthcare clinic (FQHC), Daren Wu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Open Door Family Medical Clinics will discuss how team-based care and other innovative systemic changes have successfully translated into improving Tobacco Screening and Cessation strategies. The same concepts can apply to a host of other healthcare topics and disease conditions. 


  • Understand the key stumbling blocks that can interfere with tobacco screening and treatment, including the difficulties in prioritizing projects and engaging clinicians around quality improvement in a busy primary care setting
  • Understand the need to develop and train support staff to work in a team-based primary care environment, broadening accountability and increasing clinical capacity to better screen for tobacco use and to engage on cessation efforts 
  • Review methods to incentive clinicians through a pay-for-performance incentive system to help achieve organizational aims around tobacco screening and treatment


Forum for Advancing Tobacco Health Systems Change:

Practical Strategies for Diverse Populations

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

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Learn and gain tips from clinics working with populations disproportionately affected by smoking including American Indians, low income, rural and urban. Keynoter Melissa Nystrom from Chas Health Community Health Centers in Washington will speak to their work successfully scaling and embedding addressing tobacco at all patient visits at all nine of their primary clinics.


  • Gain tips from the field on tactics for advancing tobacco health systems change
  • Learn specific strategies used by clinics serving populations disproportionately affected by tobacco
  • Network with others, local and national, who are doing the work
  • Be inspired to apply what you’ve heard and learned at your clinic or workplace

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.


opportunities to advance your learning

NEW Tobacco Health Systems Change Case Studies

Two new case studies are now available highlighting the work of Essentia Health and Apple Tree Dental to make the delivery of tobacco treatment a standard practice of care with their patients. Funded by ClearWay Minnesota, you’ll find useful strategies, successes, challenges and lessons learned. Find the case studies here.

UPDATED Tools & Resources

In a continued effort to provide relevant tools and resources to health systems and clinics in Minnesota on tobacco health systems change, ClearWay Minnesota and ICSI have updated the Tools and Resources section. You can now find a variety of specialty areas highlighting key tools and resources to help advance your work,  including new guides for engaging Somali patients regarding tobacco use from WellShare International.


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 01/30/18