Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 2:00 PM
Hilton San Francisco Franciscan Room A (100)

This presentation is part of CESS-42. Community Outreach: Knowing Your Community and Achieving Cessation

Group Cessation: Does Knowing Your Community Increase Participation?

Amy E. Sayre, MPH, Vermont Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program, asayre@vdh.state.vt.us, Garbarino Karen, MPH, kgarbar@vdh.state.vt.us, Suzanne Kelley, MSW, skelley@vdh.state.vt.us.

Learning Objectives: identify lessons learned from Vermont's community cessation pilot program.

Abstract:
Problem/Objective: Utilizing funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has been funding community coalitions for the past four years to implement tobacco prevention strategies. Last year, VDH has established a toll-free QuitLine and a statewide system for cessation classes and counseling through Vermontís 14 hospitals with MSA funds. However, community coalitions identified additional needs for cessation programming in their communities that specifically focus on increasing the number of groups in locations that would target populations perceived to be highest need.
METHODS: In response to coalition demand and the availability of MSA funding, VDH created a funding opportunity for coalitions to implement cessation classes in their communities. The RFP required communities to implement research-based programs, collaborate with existing statewide cessation programs, and participate in extensive data collection.
RESULTS: Communities applied for $10,000 grants with plans to implement cessation programs reaching primarily high-risk populations. The program and data collection will be complete prior to the National Conference with initial data to be presented.

Discussion: It has been difficult in Vermont to recruit and retain participation in our cessation classes. However, through coalitions that have experience in tobacco prevention and an understanding of their community, it is expected that success in group recruitment and retention will be greatly improved. The purpose of this pilot project is to learn if communities have more success in recruiting and retaining participants for cessation groups. Initial data will be presented at the conference.


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