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2012 NAQC Conference: Quitline Innovation and Sustainability: Exploring Strategies and Seizing Opportunities in Challenging Times. We’re Planning On It – Are You?    
While we are still waiting on the announcement of dates and location for the next National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH), NAQC has already started planning the conference we will host as an ancillary meeting to NCTOH. The 2012 NAQC Conference will provide an opportunity to exchange and disseminate the latest research and practices related to the promotion and delivery of quitline services in the midst of difficult fiscal climates, ongoing healthcare reforms, shifting political landscapes and an ever growing demand for cessation services. This will be the only national conference to focus solely on building the capacity of the quitline community to improve the availability and quality of its services while responding to these challenges and opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you in 2012 and hope that you are including travel to the conference in your budgets for next year. We will provide conference dates and location soon!

New Minimal Data Set Resources Now Available!
The MDS was most recently updated in December 2009 and since that time, NAQC has received many requests for a version of the MDS that is better suited for use in an online environment. This new version of the MDS has been specifically developed for the purpose of web-based data collection of telephone-based interventions. At the same time, there has been a great deal of interest in the potential for quitlines to serve tobacco users with behavioral health issues (both mental and emotional health issues). Over the past several months, NAQC has developed a modified MDS for use in online intervention services, which is now available on the NAQC website, and is in the process of finalizing the optional screening questions for behavioral health issues, which will be available in a few weeks!
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Join Us for 2011 Seminar Series!
The 2011 Seminar Series will continue the long-standing mission of NAQC’s continuing education efforts. "Asking Tough Questions and Ensuring Quitlines are Part of the Answer” will include six seminars that aim to increase the capacity of the entire quitline community to respond to a complex funding, political and healthcare landscape. As always, each seminar will serve as a vehicle to encourage dialogue on critical and emerging issues. 
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Tobacco Control

A Demonstration Project for Using the Electronic Health Record to Identify and Treat Tobacco Users.  
A demonstration study of Dean Health Systems and University of Wisconsin showed that a large heath care system can increase the delivery of tobacco dependence treatment interventions building on an existing EHR platform. The project demonstrated that brief, evidence-based tobacco dependence interventions can be incorporated into primary care, especially when EHR is used to improve clinic workflow.
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CDC Health Disparities Report.
Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequalities. Despite progress over the past 20 years in reducing this problem, racial/ethnic, economic and other social disparities in health still exists and need to be addressed. This report is the first in a periodic series examining health disparities in the United States.
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Chinese Translation of the West Et Al Editorial "Should Smokers Be Offered Assistance With Shipping"? is now available.
The Chinese translation of the West et al editorial "Should smokers be offered assistance with stopping?" is now online at www.treatobacco.net. The editorial is now available in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. Further translations will be coming soon.
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KIQNIC Update. 
KIQNIC (Knowledge Integration in Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation) is a five-year research grant from the U.S. National Cancer Institute to the University of Arizona being conducted in partnership with NAQC. The study focuses on how quitline organizations share information, and on discovering what factors come into play when quitlines decide whether or not to implement new practices. Many NAQC members are quite familiar with KIQNIC, having completed the second survey for the research project last summer.
The research team is now well into the analysis of information gathered from the first survey, and has been reviewing findings with the NAQC KIQNIC Workgroup to determine which ones might be most informative and useful for NAQC members.
One of the first things that became obvious when looking at the 2009 survey data is that the NAQC central office plays an overwhelmingly significant role in sharing information across the network of US and Canadian quitline organizations. According to Dr. Keith Provan, who leads the social network analysis component of the research, “What we hadn’t anticipated was finding that there are two distinct sub-networks: one Canadian and one American. In fact, if you remove the NAQC central office from the network, there are very few links between U.S. and Canadian quitline organizations.”
These findings are important ones, according to NAQC President and CEO Linda Bailey, “Seeing evidence that the NAQC office plays such a big role in sharing information across the network is reassuring, because it’s an indicator that the organization is fulfilling one of it’s most important goals. It’s also gratifying to see that NAQC is making a difference by linking the quitline communities in the two countries.” She explained, “Something we hoped KIQNIC would do is identify gaps in the network, so that our members can evaluate them and determine whether or not strategies should be developed to address them.”
A summary of the KIQNIC project and its initial findings will be distributed to members shortly. Future issues of Connections will include highlights from KIQNIC results. Additional information about the project can be found on the KIQNIC page.

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Call for Presentations: 19th Annual NALBOH Conference!
The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at our 19th Annual Conference. The 2011 Annual NALBOH Conference is designed to provide attendees with information about public health governance, current public health issues, and the importance of strong leadership and citizen engagement in improving the health of our communities.
Proposal submission deadline - March 1, 2011

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Update on National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH)!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a contract for the next NCTOH (USA) to DESA, Inc. CDC and DESA, Inc are working to identify a date and venue for the conference (likely early 2012). NAQC will keep you updated on progress for the event.

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Funding for Connections is provided through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We thank them for their support of this publication. Information and links are provided solely as a service to NAQC members and partners and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by NAQC, nor should any be inferred.
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