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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 971-673-2832)

Webinar series: Treating tobacco dependence in behavioral health settings

The OHA Transformation Center and Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section are offering 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 Details are available in this one-page flier

  • Maximize mental health and substance abuse outcomes with nicotine dependence co-treatment
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    • The intersection of substance use treatment and nicotine dependence treatment with a focus on how co-treatment of opioid, marijuana, and nicotine use maximizes polysubstance use treatment and mental health outcomes.
  • Low-burden tobacco cessation strategies for resource-strapped agencies: intervention alignment and effective community referrals
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    • Strategies behavioral health agencies can use to add or expand tobacco cessation services and supports in low-burden ways. Learn what steps other agencies have taken to treat nicotine dependence and integrate services into daily practice.
  • Preparing and supporting clients to maximize effectiveness of tobacco cessation medications
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    • The gold standard of care for nicotine dependence is medication-assisted treatment, which is a combination of FDA-approved medications and counseling. In this webinar we will move beyond basic knowledge and discuss how to maximize pharmacotherapy and counseling options tailored to persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Emerging issue in nicotine dependence treatment: the rise of ENDS
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    • Since their introduction to US audiences around 2006, electronic cigarettes have altered the tobacco use landscape. E-cigarette use is taking up an increasing share of overall tobacco use. This is especially true in youth populations. Join us as we explore the patterns of current tobacco use, a frank discussion of the pros and cons of ENDS use, and how public health and health care providers might effectively respond to END’s growing prominence among tobacco users.
  • Institutionalizing policy change
    • May 28, noon-1 p.m.
    • Details and registration
    • Significant organizational change is difficult, and adding or improving a tobacco-free policy is no exception. This webinar offers practical actions to address these concerns and promote sustainable tobacco-free policy. This includes staged planning, enforcement, and evaluation strategies.

Questions? Please contact Anona Gund ( or 971-673-2832).

Past opportunities

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.

Webinar recordings

Additional opportunities through OHA

OHA tobacco cessation campaign: CCO toolkit

OHA’s Smokefree Oregon is running a statewide media campaign through May 31, 2019, to encourage people who use tobacco to quit and to encourage health care providers to talk to their patients about quitting. Your CCO is invited to leverage this increased attention on quitting to encourage your members to quit, encourage your providers to proactively support their patients, and advance your CCO tobacco cessation incentive metric. This toolkit provides all the materials you’ll need to use this campaign, along with instructions. You may use these through the campaign period and beyond. View the toolkit

Contact: Sarah Wylie, OHA Public Health Division: 971-673-1051 or

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 initate 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 Shira Pope, Health System Policy Specialist, OHA Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, 971-673-1052,

Anona Gund: or 971-673-2832

CCO incentive measure technical specifications and guidance documents

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