JIM PAVLIK, M.A., Program & Policy Analyst
BHWP provides technical assistance (TA) to local public health agencies across Colorado working in the areas of adult cessation and facilitating health systems change. In June, we closed the final year of a three-year cycle. In the past three years, we’ve had several successes as a statewide community working to drive prevalence rates down in the face of dwindling attention to this issue, shrinking budgets, and macro-socioeconomic countervailing forces.
Providing TA means providing agencies existing tools and resources, connecting them to other professionals with on-the-ground expertise, conducting research and translating new scientific findings for application in clinical and public health settings. Sometimes, it means creating new resources when the existing materials just don’t suffice.