OHA initiative receives award at 7th Generation Conference

Posted on: 5/11/16

 Clockwise from back left: Joy L. Leuthard, Eric Finley, Heather Summers, and Sally Carter.
The OHA Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative (HHPQ) and the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH) recently made a presentation regarding tobacco cessation system change successes at the 7th Generation Conference in Tulsa. The presentation featured the collaboration between OHA and the CNDH, the first health system in Oklahoma to fully integrate permanent clinical tobacco treatment protocols into its electronic health records system, including the ability to directly and electronically refer patients to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTH).

This system also receives reports back from the OTH to add this information into the record when the patient completes services. The CNDH is also among only a handful of hospitals in the nation that is advancing this best practice treatment and technology with nicotine addiction treatment.

This collaboration has been a tremendous success as more than 1,200 patients have been referred to the OTH from the CNDH since it launched these services in December 2014. Since the inception of this program in 2009, more than 15,000 patients and employees have been referred to the Helpline from participating HHPQ hospitals and health systems, helping thousands of Oklahomans quit tobacco use or move one step closer.

At the Preparing for the 7th Generation Conference, the Sally Carter Award was presented to OHA staff, Joy L. Leuthard and Eric Finley, and Heather Summers, under secretary of the CNDH. This award is given to an individual or organization exemplifying outstanding advocacy and education in building communication, trust, and respect between Tribal Nations, state, federal and community organizations. The award is named in honor of Carter, a long time Oklahoma health improvement advocate with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, who works tirelessly in bringing together Tribal Nations, state and federal governments and other organizations to combat devastating illnesses and casualties brought on by the use of commercial tobacco by Native Americans.

The HHPQ initiative is funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).


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