Health Professionals

THE FLORIDA AHEC NETWORK OFFERS TOBACCO CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO FLORIDA’S PRACTICING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THROUGH A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES AND FORMATS.

In keeping with the Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline – 2008 Update, the Network is effecting systems change by imparting to healthcare providers the skills necessary to treat tobacco dependence and ensure it is a top priority during patient consultations.

Continuing education topics include brief intervention training, motivational interviewing, new tobacco products, cessation techniques, pharmacotherapy, pediatric pulmonary issues related to secondhand smoke, and best practices for working with special populations, such as pregnant women and adolescents. The trainings are available to health professionals at low or no cost, and they are provided through in-person workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia, and summits, as well as through DVD, CD-ROM, and Internet.

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AHEC NETWORK TOBACCO
TREATMENT SPECIALIST TRAINING

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist 3 Day Foundation Course prepares trainees to provide clinical tobacco cessation treatment, train colleagues about evidence-based strategies that improve quit rates and advocate for systems level interventions that expand access and improve outcomes. The TTS course has been accredited since 2010 and meets all of the national standards and core competencies established by the accrediting body, the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence. To learn more about the TTS course, visit www.med.fsu.edu/AHEC/tobacco

Also being offered is a 4-hour facilitator training session on the Quit Smoking NOW (QSN) curriculum on the 4th day. This session prepares the TTS to offer the six session QSN classes in their communities. This additional session is not mandatory nor is it required for certification.

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