Dear <<First Name>>,
I hope all of you are doing well and staying warm and safe through this treacherous winter weather.
NAQC’s membership drive for 2014/2015 starts on Monday, February 24 and I would like to make you aware of some changes in the level of dues for the coming year.
As many of you know, NAQC began receiving dues from its members in 2007/2008, after conducting focus group interviews on the topic. At that same time, members were also granted the right to elect NAQC board members, thereby making the organization even more accountable to the membership.
Through the focus groups, we learned that members valued NAQC as an organization that is dedicated to quitlines and serves the needs of its members, including funders, service providers, researchers and national organizations. Members supported a dues structure that would provide revenues needed to address important challenges uniquely experienced by the quitline community, such as establishing a standard data set for quitlines (ie, the Minimal Data Set), inclusion of the national portal numbers (800-QUIT-NOW and 866-366-3667) on cigarette warning labels in the U.S. and Canada, and serving as a go-to source of information on quitines and on quality improvement activities.
For the past seven years, NAQC has functioned as a true membership organization, with financial and programmatic support from members as well as accountability to them. Since the first membership drive in 2007/2008, NAQC has maintained the same level of dues across all categories of membership.
For the 2014/2015 year, the NAQC board has voted to increase the amount of dues in order to make NAQC more sustainable and allow us to provide the quality membership services you’ve come to expect from your Consortium. The Board also voted that the dues levels will be locked in for at least three years.
The future holds many opportunities and challenges for the quitline community, including important national policy changes like the Affordable Care Act in the U.S., the broader health and wellness issues, the changing face of the smokers we serve, and responding to new tobacco and nicotine products like e-cigarettes. On all of these issues, NAQC members are committed to ensuring quitlines provide the highest quality services and use evidence based approaches. NAQC is committed to supporting members in their efforts by facilitating dialogue, advancing research priorities, developing evidence based reports and strategies, offering webinars and other types of technical assistance, and strengthening cessation policy.
I would like to thank all of you for your many contributions to NAQC, not only through membership dues but also through your professional contributions to NAQC programs and the time you make available to serve on working groups, the Advisory Council and the Board. Your participation is the key to our success.
To view the new dues levels, please visit NAQC’s website.
Should you have any questions or comments about the increase in dues, please contact me by phone (800-398-5489 ext 706) or email (LBailey@NAQuitline.org).
Linda A. Bailey
President & CEO