Our mission is to improve quality of life by facilitating evidence-based health behavior change for communities, organizations, and individuals. As experts on health behavior change, we believe passionately in the power of education and awareness – by increasing the knowledge base, skills, and mindfulness of individuals or organizations, we can purposefully and effectively bring about positive change.

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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip

Check out the Centers for Disease Control’s “Healthy Living” page, which provides material on various health topics, including information for specific populations and various life stages.

Wellness News

April 23, 2018

Peer-to-Peer: Behavioral Health Groups Help Smokers Quit

Ray McKelligott took two drags of a “snipe” cigarette after months of not smoking, and moments later was in the hospital, his heart failing. It was a nearly impossible habit to kick after almost 30 years puffing two packs a day.

“Skull and crossbones, baby,” he said. “Two drags—boom, I was gone. That’s how deadly cigarettes are.”

McKelligott, who’s also been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, now maintains the strength to stay healthy by encouraging others who desire to quit, serving as a peer advocate at Butte County Behavioral Health’s The Hub in Paradise and facilitating a smoking cessation group held noon-1 p.m. every Thursday.

Health professionals have found programs led by former smokers-turned-advocates to be a vital part of an effort to decrease smoking rates among disenfranchised populations, including those with mental illness.

Read more here.

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November 15, 2017

The Great American Smokeout Tools & Resources

Take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event coming up on November 16! Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit. By quitting – even for 1 day – those who smoke will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Tools and Resources 

Information provided by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California San Francisco

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Technical Assistance

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.

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Registration Open for our Upcoming RMTTS Training

Registration is currently open for our next Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training, which will take place from October 15-18, 2018. The training will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are an indispensable facet of healthcare organizations’ tobacco cessation services. Join the growing number of tobacco specialists working across the nation. This comprehensive program consists of 3 full days of training and one day of testing. Upon completion, you will be eligible to achieve the advanced certification of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Register for the October 15-18, 2018 training

More information on the RMTTS Training Program

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