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The National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit. What Are The National Partnership’s Achievements and How Did We Get There?. Part 1: An overview of accomplishments Kay Kahler Vose, Health Care Practice Leader, Porter Novelli
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Kay Kahler Vose, Health Care Practice Leader,
Cathy Melvin, Chair, The National Partnership & Director of Smoke-Free Families
“We know that as many as 20 percent of all women smoke during their pregnancies, far above the goal of 1 percent set in Healthy People 2010. This is a goal that must be met – or surpassed. Smoking during pregnancy is one of the nation’s most important public health challenges, but it’s a challenge that we can overcome.”
Since launching in May 2002, The National Partnership has had many accomplishments through its five working groups based on the following aims:
members of Congress, state Medicaid directors, members of the health committees of state legislatures, and state Medicaid advocates
Visual overview of The National Partnership’s accomplishments since our launch in May 2002
We, the members of the National Partnership To Help Pregnant Smokers Quit, will work through health care providers, the media, worksites, communities, and states to deliver best-practice cessation programs, create supportive environments, and promote policies that can motivate and assist every pregnant smoker in her efforts to quit.
1. Our work is based on the best scientific evidence currently available on clinical and community strategies to increase tobacco-use cessation for pregnant women in the U.S.
2. To achieve change, we will work on multiple fronts, including clinical practice, media, policy, and community and social supports
3. We will work to remove systems and other barriers to tobacco treatment for pregnant
4. We will use the best available dissemination science to successfully promote and implement evidence-based strategies
5. We will work together, because partnerships, leadership, and coordinated action are essential for success
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grantees
Smoke-Free Families National Dissemination Office
Leadership in Best Practice for Research Dissemination and Dissemination Research
Convening and Assisting Partners
National Partnership Working Groups
Health Care System
Communities and Worksites
Research, Evaluation and Surveillance
State Outreach and Technical Assistance
Working Group Structure
Members of Partner Organizations
Working Group Support
Staff Assistance from
Porter Novelli and Smoke-Free Families
• To ensure that every pregnant woman receives evidence-based smoking assessment and cessation counseling
To develop resources in communities and worksites that enhance pregnant smokers’ motivation and ability to quit, and increase their access to evidence-based care and to support public policies that increase tobacco cessation and prevention.
To promote economic and policy interventions that prevent and reduce maternal smoking, including increased funding for proven cessation interventions.
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