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Self-Paced Course: Promoting Health Equity in Tobacco Cessation: Evidence Based Strategies

Description: This 30 minute introductory level course focuses on removing barriers to accessing proven tobacco cessation treatment methods with a focus on populations with low socioeconomic status (SES) characteristics. This course was developed using the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change as a guiding framework, underscoring best and promising practices in engaging and supporting populations most impacted by tobacco-related disparities. By integrating these components, this course equips state department of health employees and their community partners with the tools to support individuals in quitting tobacco, reduce tobacco-related disparities and healthcare costs.

Audience:  Public health professionals responsible for planning state and local tobacco control programs and policies
Health educators, community health workers, or other individuals implementing interventions for people who are trying to quit tobacco.

Objectives:
Learners will be better able to:

  • understand tobacco users’ motivations and address common challenges when attempting to quit using tobacco.
  • promote evidence-based treatment options by applying concepts from the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) to various stages of behavior change in the context of tobacco cessation.
  • tailor tobacco cessation related interventions to individuals across all stages of behavior change.
  • identify challenges that populations with low SES characteristics face when attempting to quit tobacco, providing learners with a more equitable lens into cessation access to ultimately improving current policy and practices.

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