HHPQ launches comprehensive tobacco cessation assessment tool

Posted on: 5/24/19

Hospitals Helping Patients Quit (HHPQ), a grant program of TSET and an initiative of the OHA, recently went live with the HHPQ Tobacco Cessation Assessment. This assessment is intended for the use of all health care systems, independent hospitals, and outpatient clinics that are interested in evaluating and improving their tobacco cessation efforts. Participation in the assessment will allow the HHPQ team to better assess cessation efforts and provide health systems with specific recommendations to improve the tobacco free environment and provision of tobacco treatment services.  

The HHPQ staff recognizes that hospitals undergo many evaluations, so the team has set out to make the assessment tool easily accessible, free, and time-friendly. The HHPQ assessment addresses current tobacco free policies, tobacco related operations, employee health insurance benefits, and clinical tobacco treatment protocols for patients. These categories are weighted against best practice standards for tobacco treatment and cessation. Organizations that achieve an overall rating of excellence will be recognized with a plaque at OHA’s Annual Convention.

To help enhance the current state of your tobacco cessation initiatives, the HHPQ staff guides your hospital through the change process. This includes completing the assessment, providing results and assisting with implementation of improvement opportunities.

Since its inception in 2010, HHPQ has partnered with more than 50 hospitals and dozens of clinics, improving the health and quality of life for thousands of Oklahomans. For more information about the assessment or becoming an HHPQ partner, contact Kelly Willingham, kwillingham@okoha.com or (405) 427-9537.