Here are the fast facts: smoking rates among people who are poor, less educated and have mental health issues have not changed, according to the New York State Department of Health 2010 statistics, even though tobacco use among adults and teens in New York state is down to an all-time low.
Time to Reach Out and Help Clean the Air
The Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health (TCC) has refocused its mission and adopted a new work plan to implement and maintain practices within federally funded community health centers that serve lower socioeconomic populations.
The goal at every clinic – have providers always asks patients about their tobacco use, advise them that it is an unhealthy behavior, access their willingness to quit, provide counseling and prescriptions to assist them in quitting, and arrange for follow-up.
To do this, The TCC has reached out to Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) programs that serve the population with mental health disorders and to Healthcare Provider Organizations (HPOs) that serve the more rural and lower socioeconomic populations to create and incorporate a formal tobacco use dependence treatment policy and assist with staff trainings to encourage system level changes.
Serving Our Own, The Health of Our Community
The Cancer Burden in New York State, the 2012 American Cancer Society (ACS) report, shows that men in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties have among the highest rates of lung cancer, exceeding the state average. Women living in Schuyler County have one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer.
The ACS report also recommends increased funding for the New York State Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program, which provides funding for the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health.
“These findings highlight the continued need for prevention and cessation of tobacco use, especially in the communities served by ArnotHealth,” explains Martha Donovan, RN, BSN, program coordinator at TCC. “We need to address this growing disparity and the negative impact it has on the health of our community.”
Funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program, the Tobacco Cessation Center at ArnotHealth offers smokers support classes and referrals for additional encouragement, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), educational information for both patients and professionals, provider teaching and training and continuing medical education (CME) credits. Founded in 2001, the Center serves Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.
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