Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 2:00 PM
Hilton San Francisco Continental Parlor 8 (100)

CESS-40. Make Yours a Fresh Start Family: American Cancer Society's Pregnant Women and Families Cessation Program for Health Care Providers

Steven W. Rickards, MSW, American Cancer Society, California, Steven.Rickards@cancer.org, Amie A. Johnson, BS, American Cancer Society, California, amie.johnson@cancer.org, Raymond L. Weisberg, MD, American Cancer Society, romweis@itsa.ucsf.edu, VJ Sleight, American Cancer Society, VJSL8@cs.com, Lilia Fontamillas, MPH RN, San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Tobacco Use Reduction Now (TURN), lfontamillas@dph.sbcounty.gov, Jennifer L. Miletich, BS, American Cancer Society, California, jennifer.miletich@cancer.org.

Learning Objectives: Describe major health risks of maternal smoking and its impact on prenatal and postpartum complications, fetal development, neonatal health and the effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) on children. Describe the process of behavior change as it relates to smoking cessation, demonstrate how to give clear and direct recommendations to women to quit smoking, and understand how to assess a smoker’s position along the “quitting spectrum.” Identify the basic program materials and how they can be used, integrated and implemented into a variety of health care delivery and provider settings.

Abstract: Those who would benefit most from the session are health care providers, including physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, health educators, and dentists who work with pregnant women or parents who smoke and have young children in the home. Those in public health sites, hospitals, clinics, high schools, teen pregnancy centers, and a variety of non-profit organizations serving this population would also benefit.

Smokers who are pregnant or mothers of young children should be fully informed by their health care providers about their smoking-related health risks and risks to their babies, so they can make informed decisions about quitting and maintaining a smoke-free family environment. The needs of women in different child-bearing stages (especially during and after pregnancy) should be addressed, recognizing the different stages of readiness to quit, providing health care provider prompts, guidance for brief counseling using the 5-step “STAGE” intervention, and effective take-home materials.

A panel of presenters will discuss information on maternal smoking effects, perceptions of maternal/parental smoking, how is it currently being addressed and will strongly encourage audience participation and discussion.

MYFSF is a comprehensive and innovative program based on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Clinical Practice Guidelines on Smoking Cessation. It is an American Cancer Society program developed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its distribution is promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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