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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

Webinar: Maximize mental health and substance abuse outcomes with nicotine dependence co-treatment

During this webinar we will discuss the intersection of substance use treatment and nicotine dependence treatment. We will specifically discuss how co-treatment of opioid, marijuana, and nicotine use maximizes polysubstance use treatment and mental health outcomes. Dr. Morris will present the bio-psycho-social evidence for co-treatment models. Health systems change strategies will then be shared for integrating tobacco dependence treatment into behavioral health agency workflows and existing service offerings. Realistic, low-burden options for addressing the high prevalence of smoking among clients will be provided.

  • January 22, 12-1 p.m.
  • Register here
  • Audience: All types of care team providers, and quality improvement and other clinic staff working in behavioral health settings
  • Presented by: Chad Morris, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program

This webinar is part of a training series offered by Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center and Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section.

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

Free online tobacco cessation counseling training (with CME)

  • What: Tobacco cessation counseling online training for all types of providers and care team members. This training is a self-paced, online training that focuses on the Brief Tobacco Intervention and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
  • When: The training takes approximately 45 minutes. This self-paced 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.
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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

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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