Healthcare providers can play a key role in helping their patients quit smoking. A smoker’s chances of quitting increases when a healthcare provider or other health care professional addresses the tobacco addiction as part of the patient’s overall health care plan.
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The Florida AHEC Network offers tobacco continuing education programs to Florida’s practicing health professionals through a variety of techniques and formats.
In keeping with the Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline – 2008 Update, the Network is effecting systems change by imparting to healthcare providers the skills necessary to treat tobacco dependence and ensure it is a top priority during patient consultations.
Continuing education topics include brief intervention training, motivational interviewing, new tobacco products, cessation techniques, pharmacotherapy, pediatric pulmonary issues related to secondhand smoke, and best practices for working with special populations, such as pregnant women and adolescents. The trainings are available to health professionals at low or no cost, and they are provided through in-person workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia, and summits, as well as through DVD, CD-ROM, and Internet.
Click on the Find Training Near You link on the left to get information on specific programs in your area.
FREE Online Tobacco CE/CME Training Courses!
The Florida AHEC Network is pleased to offer FREE online tobacco training courses for health professionals via two online resources. Click on either of the following sites to find out more.