Public Health Roadmap: Promoting Tobacco Use Dependency Treatment in Behavioral Health Settings

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT)

Public Health Roadmap: Promoting Tobacco Use Dependency Treatment in Behavioral Health Settings 

Thursday, June 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT 

Despite the overall declines in tobacco product use, some populations still smoke at higher rates. This includes people with behavioral health issues such as mental illness and substance use disorders. People with behavioral health issues are interested in quitting, can quit, and benefit from quitting. Tobacco use dependency treatment more than doubles the likelihood of successful treatment for other substance abuse disorders, which is associated with positive mental health outcomes and can increase a person’s sense of mastery, helping them focus on taking additional steps toward a more positive and healthy life. While there is a strong evidence base for safety, efficacy and outcomes, behavioral health settings have been slow to prioritize the implementation of comprehensive tobacco use dependency treatment. This is why it is more important than ever for public health professionals to be equipped with resources, strategies and tools to address the unique and challenging barriers to making tobacco dependence treatment part of behavioral health treatment.

Join the American Lung Association Cessation Technical Assistance Team for an interactive webcast, ideal for public health professionals of any level.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Increase confidence to engage and partner with systems and care teams in behavioral health settings that are interested in improving how they promote and integrate evidence-based tobacco use dependency treatment services.

  • Learn more about the best practices and lessons learned during the 2021 Health Systems Change Cohort group, hosted and facilitated by the American Lung Association.

  • Learn about new resources and tools for public health professionals, to coach community partners in behavioral health systems change.

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