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Tobacco Cessation Technical Assistance

CCOs and care team members play important roles in helping their members quit smoking, including: accurately assessing member tobacco use status; designing benefits (expanding coverage and reducing barriers); promoting benefits; implementing tobacco-free campus policies; and fostering partnerships with local public health agencies and other community stakeholders to create tobacco-free community environments.

Current opportunities

Free, quick online tobacco cessation counseling training (with CME)

  • What: This short online course will improve your care team’s ability to help patients quit tobacco. The course focuses on Brief Tobacco Intervention and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
  • Who: All members of the care team committed to supporting their patients quit tobacco.
  • When: The course is self-paced and takes approximately 45 minutes. The course can be started, paused and resumed later as needed.
  • CMEs: This training has been reviewed and is accepted for up to 1.0 prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). For other licensing boards that may not pre-approve continuing education credits (for example, the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists), please submit the certificate of participation to your accrediting body.
  • Access the training:
  • Questions? Please contact Anona Gund ( or 503-381-1104)

Past opportunities

Webinar series recordings: Treating tobacco dependence in behavioral health settings

The OHA Transformation Center and Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section recorded a series of webinars focused on treating tobacco dependence in behavioral health settings. Presenters are from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program. Audience: All types of care team providers, quality improvement staff, and non-clinical staff working in behavioral health settings. See full details and links to the recordings.

Questions? Please contact Anona Gund ( or 503-381-1104).

CCO Tobacco Prevalence Reduction Learning Collaborative

The Transformation Center hosted a half-day event for CCOs that focused on evidence-based practices for reducing tobacco prevalence, including clinical and community-based interventions.

Other webinar recordings

Additional opportunities through OHA

E-referrals to the Tobacco Quit Line (Public Health)

The OHA Public Health Division is investing in e-referral functionality for the State Tobacco Quit Line. OHA-PHD is working with partners across the state to support e-referral buildout implementation through investments in local and state systems. A recent pilot e-referral project in central Oregon successfully created an e-referral pathway within the OCHIN EPIC platform, and resulted in an over 4,000% increase in referrals to the Quit Line.
  • Next steps for OCHIN EPIC health systems - If you are interested in turning on the e-referral functionality within your OCHIN EPIC system, contact OCHIN directly and enter a support ticket (Interface JIRA) to initiate the conversation. As a result of this initial buildout, there will be minimal costs for any OCHIN EPIC health system, which may vary depending on internal technology capacity.
  • Next steps for health systems using other EHR systems - For general questions about how to get started with e-referral buildouts to the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line, contact Hilde Hinkel, Health System Policy Specialist, OHA Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, 971-673-3182,

Anona Gund: or 503-381-1104

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