OHA and Cherokee Nation present collaborative tobacco treatment systems change at conference

Posted on: 5/30/18

Photo: June Halfacre, BS, MHA M-POWER coordinator, Cherokee Nation and Eric Finley, coordinator, Outpatient Tobacco Treatment Systems at the 2018 Annual Tribal Public Health Conference.
OHA staff with the Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative (HHPQ) and the Cherokee Nation presented a poster at the 2018 Tribal Public Health Conference. The presentation featured collaboration between the OHA, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) – Center for the Advancement of Wellness’ M-POWER Program, and four tribal nations (Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, and Muscogee Creek Nation) to fully integrate clinical tobacco treatment into their electronic health records systems. Attendees learned about the statewide resources available to support them in tobacco treatment systems change, tobacco treatment best practices, and how to better prepare for barriers in order to effectively implement tobacco treatment systems change.

Ensuring that Native American patients have access to sustainable and evidence-based clinical tobacco treatment services is a highly effective public health measure to reduce the burden of tobacco related death and disease on Native American communities in Oklahoma. The HHPQ and M-POWER programs offer technical assistance and support to tribal health care systems to help them implement tobacco cessation services for all patients in accordance with the U.S. Public Health Service guidelines.

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

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