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Scott County Tobacco Prevention Cessation Coalition Gears Up for 2017
SCOTT COUNTY, IN -The Scott County Tobacco Prevention Cessation Coalition’s vision is to significantly improve the health of Scott County citizens and reduce the disease and economic burden that tobacco use places on our citizens and our county.
The coalition’s mission is to prevent and reduce the use of tobacco products in Scott County and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke.
The coalition has made significant strides and is proud of some great accomplishments in 2016, including collaborating with CEASe and the Scott County Fair Board to bring about a completely tobacco and vape free Scott County Fair.
Scott County’s Tobacco Prevention Cessation Coordinator, Michelle Shelton, has educated Austin Elementary and Scottsburg Middle School students on cigarettes, e-cigarettes, other tobacco products, and secondhand smoke.
She continues promoting and educating the community about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-Quit-Now), in addition to encouraging the county’s healthcare providers and employers to promote the Quitline among their patients and employees.
The coalition’s 2017 goals include embedding tobacco use screening and treatment or referral fields into Electronic Health Records (EHR) as a way to document tobacco intervention. When EHRs are implemented in a way that explicitly incorporates tobacco dependence treatment as part of a broader process of health systems change, they can generate reminders, prompting Scott County’s healthcare providers to screen their patients for and intervene on tobacco use.
Shelton is also excited to bring Cathy Bloom, Manager of Tobacco Control for the American Lung Association of Indiana, to speak to the Get Healthy Scott County Coalition on second and third hand smoke in our multi-unit housing facilities. The public is welcome to attend this meeting on Thursday, January 12, from 12 to 1 pm, at the Lifelong Learning Center, 1092 W. Community Way in Scottsburg.
Lastly, Coordinator Shelton will be meeting with Scott County’s healthcare providers to encourage their participation as Preferred Providers with the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, a FREE coaching service to anyone desiring to discontinue tobacco use. She will also continue promoting the Quitline among Scott County businesses who can also promote and make referrals to the Quitline among their work forces.
Coordinator, CEASe of Scott County
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Scott County Partnership