Building Capacity for Treating Tobacco Dependence
Patients advised to quit smoking by their physicians are 1.6 times more likely to quit than patients not receiving physician advice. The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, with funding from the Maine CDC, offers a variety of trainings for providers to increase knowledge and build capacity to provide evidence-based tobacco treatment to patients.
As a nationally accredited tobacco treatment training program, the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence offers the required curriculum needed for health professionals to apply for the new National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice. The following are key components of the education and training program:
- The Basic Skills Training is a one-day training on the fundamentals of tobacco addiction and how to integrate brief tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. In Fiscal Year 2017, ten basic skills trainings were held around the state with 143 health professionals in attendance.
- Building on the Basic Skills Training, the Intensive Skills Training is a two-day interactive training focused on developing the skills and knowledge needed to deliver more intensive and individualized treatment. Two intensive skills trainings were held in different locations for 35 professionals in Fiscal Year 2017.
- The Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference brings nationally recognized speakers and local experts together to discuss a wide array of tobacco treatment and prevention topics. The May 2017 conference was held in South Portland with 146 registered professionals in attendance.
The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence also develops and offers other learning opportunities such as videos, webinars, ad hoc trainings, outreach to practices and healthcare sites, and presentations to a variety of health professionals.