The Arkansas Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program has developed an outreach program to work with health care providers serving populations within their practices or areas of influence. The Systems Training Outreach Program (STOP) currently uses Outreach Specialists located in the Central and Northeast Arkansas regions to provide education and support to providers. Increasing the capacity and efficiency of care systems by asking, documenting tobacco use and advising patients to stop, the Outreach Specialists make sure that healthcare providers are aware of available and accessible cessation treatment interventions. In particular, the specialists will help providers systematically identify patients who are tobacco users, provide guidance to quit and connect them to available resources to successfully quit. STOP provides access to online educational healthcare provider focused tools and resources. These tools and resources are available for any healthcare provider in the state. The program will aim to decrease statewide prevalence of tobacco use in patients to improve the overall health of Arkansas residents.
Benefits of the outreach program to Arkansas:
- Educated and trained providers in coordinated tobacco cessation treatment
- Decrease in tobacco consumption among patients
- Increased number of residents having information and access to resources to reduce tobacco use
- Access to online healthcare provider focused tool and resources
- Decline in economic impact of tobacco related illness in Arkansas
- Decline in economic impact from loss in employee productivity
- Improved health for Arkansans
Please note that free CME/CEU certificates are available to SAMHSA State Academy members for any of their upcoming live webinars:
When paying for the certificates online, please use the discount code: 4545 instead of your personal billing information. Only 500 available.