Thank you for your willingness to participate in the Smoke Free For Me Learning Collaborative. The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will coordinate the project’s planning, implementation, and evaluation. This project will assist pediatric primary care providers in decreasing in-home smoke exposure for infants age 0-12 months. Participating providers will screen infants 0-12 months of age at every well visit appointment, using a smoke exposure screening tool. Additionally, providers will implement the 5As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist, Arrange) of smoking cessation during the well visit appointment for infants exposed to smoke in their home environment.
Participating practices will work with a multi-disciplinary “core team” of clinical and administrative staff from their office to provide infants with the opportunity to grow up to reach their full potential, by identifying those exposed to smoke early in life and reducing the serious health risks associated with early smoke exposure. Practice teams will participate in a ½ day Learning Session to learn screening strategies, risk to infants of smoke exposure, 5As of smoking cessation, basic quality improvement science, and practice implementation strategies. Practice teams will be supported by the Ohio AAP Smoke Free For Me project team and will be introduced to various community resources in the state. Practices will utilize an easy to use screening/data collection tool that is efficiently completed and scanned into a database. Monthly calls with the Ohio AAP Smoke Free For Me project team and other participating practices will provide data feedback and project support. Participating providers will receive the following benefits:
- Training in the 5A approach to smoking cessation
- Easy to use screening tool/data collection sheet to assess smoke exposure in the home and capture outcome data regarding smoking cessation and/or reduction of smoke exposure
- Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit for up to 21 medical specialties participating as part of the American Board of Medical Specialties (including 25 points by the American Board of Pediatrics and 20 points by the American Board of Family Medicine)
- Networking opportunities with other healthcare providers interested in smoking cessation
- Community resources for caregiver and family referral to address smoking cessation
- Guidance and quality improvement coaching from the Ohio AAP
- Assistance developing a process to track behavior change over time
- Resources and incentives for families
For specific information about the project requirements, please review this recruitment packet, which includes a checklist to help you understand the requirements and a link to enroll your practice in the learning collaborative. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the project team listed below.
We look forward to partnering with you to build smoke free homes for Ohio’s children!
Mike Gittelman, MD – Medical Director
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Kristen Fluitt, MS – Program Manager
Ohio Chapter, AAP