UC has shown its commitment to provide a healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors by implementing a systemwide tobacco-free policy that began in January.
This project aims to further reduce tobacco use and exposure – the leading cause of preventable death – by developing a UC Tobacco Cessation Network. Building off a pilot project that Dr. Elisa Tong started at UC Davis with a 2013 CHQI fellowship, the UC-wide network will use electronic medical records to address tobacco use at every clinical encounter.
There will be assistance with counseling and medication for greater success, with the Joint Commission tobacco measure serving as a framework. The network will partner with the California Smokers’ Helpline, a UC San Diego-based free telephone counseling service that doubles the chances of quitting, to create a two-way electronic referral, and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, based at UCSF, to promote system wide training opportunities.
Champions at each site will coordinate electronic medical record modifications, conduct outreach and education to departments and nursing units for workflow integration, and collaborate as a network through information sharing and evaluation; UC-wide champions for nursing and pediatrics will help target and tailor the needs of these staff. This project is expected to demonstrate a significant return on investment and national leadership on health systems change for tobacco cessation.
Project Manager: Cynthia Vela
Find your local champions: UC San Francisco
Elisa Tong - UC Davis
UC Davis Outpatient Champion
Associate Professor - General Medicine
Cindy Vela - UC Davis
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Linda Sarna - UC Los Angeles
Interim Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
Lulu Wold-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing
UCSD Rady Children's Hospital
Pediatrics - American Academy of Pediatrics
Brian Williams - UC San Diego
Jyothi Marbin - UC San Francisco
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
California Smokers Helpline
Principle Investigator for the California Smokers Helpline
Department of Family and Preventable Medicine
Shu-Hong Zhu - UC San Diego
Director of Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Department of Medicine
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Steve Schroeder - UC San Francisco
Catherine Saucedo - UC San Francisco
Deputy Director of Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Jennifer Matekuare - UC San Francisco
Operations Manager of Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
1/21/2016 UCSD: Inpatient nurses
Mai-Khanh Bui-Duy MD - UC San Francisco
Assistant Professor of Medicine
1/16/2016: CA Society for General Internal Medicine at UCSF Mission Bay
Oral presentation "Innovation" topic on UC Quits.
Linda Sarna PhD, RN, FAAN- UC Los Angeles
1/7/2016 UCLA: Lead nurse meeting, Ambulatory Nurse Leadership Council
12/2/2015 UCSF: Peds nursing
11/19/2015 UCI: Ambulatory Clinics and Nursing Partnership Council
Interim Dean and Professor School of Nursing
Lulu Wold-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing
11/12/2015 "Building UC Quits: The UC-Wide Tobacco Cessation Network" at UC Davis Ground Rounds.
3/11/2016 The Cancer Care Network will be hosting a new, all-staff video conference on Smoking Cessation.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Elisa Tong, MD, MA - UC Davis
3/2/2016 ANII All-Here Day meeting
Congratulations to UCSF pharmacy faculty Lisa Kroon and Robin Corelli for helping with California pharmacists now being able to prescribe nicotine medication. Go to "Provider Training" to read the California Board of Pharmacy media release and protocol. Pharmacists can fulfill the 2-hour training requirement with our UC Quits webinar modules.
1/6/2016 CNIII All-Here Day,
12/8/2015 UCD nurse outreach PCS meeting,
Cari Shulkin, R.N-B.C, B.S.N - UC Davis
Lisa Kroon, PharmD (left)
Robin Corelli, PharmD (Right)
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is a nation program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. SCLC aims to increase smoking cessation rates as well as the number of health professionals helping smokers quit. The Center creates partnerships with a variety of groups and institutions to develop and implement action plans around smoking cessation.
The Rx for Change program is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program that equips health professional student sand practicing clinicians, of all disciplines, with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting.
The CEASE (Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure) program is an innovative program to reduce the burden of secondhand smoke on children by training pediatric providers to help parents quit smoking using the Ask, Assist, Connect model.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended lung cancer screening for patients who are 55-80 years old and a current smoker (30 pack years or equivalent of 1 pack for 30 years) or former smoker (quit within 15 years). For more information, please visit the UC lung cancer screening program websites.