Tobacco Cessation Program
Operating through a grant from the Office of Tobacco Control in the Mississippi State Department of Health, the MRHA's tobacco program is aimed at empowering local physicians and health care providers with tools and knowledge to know to advocate for smoking cessation among their patients. Smoking is a leading cause of death in Mississippi, as well as serves as a major cost for health care in the state.
To improve the health and wealth of Mississippians, this program trains clinic and hospital employees on the best ways to talk to patients and provide them with tools to quit smoking. The goals of the program are as follows:
- Provide treatment training to Rural Health Clinics.
- Provide office detail kits to rural health clinics.
- Change health systems to support smoking cessation among pregnant women by utilizing the SCRIPT program.
- Train healthcare providers in RHCs to counsel adult patients about the negative health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke
- Train healthcare providers in RHCs to counsel tobacco-using patients under the age of 18
- Teach RHC providers how to bill for tobacco training
This program is managed by Ms. Cindy Widdig.
Smoking / Tobacco Prevelance Survey (2 page pdf)
*This survey is for clinic patients to fill-out and complete.
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