Indiana Tobacco Cessation

Community Coalition Partner

Since 2010, Indiana Rural Health Association has been a statewide partner with ISDH/TPC to assess current healthcare facilities regarding tobacco use and to determine those facilities that are targeted for the systems change approach, including academic detailing and reference to components of the Clinical Practice Guideline. Indiana Tobacco Quitline integration/academic detailing is promoted through educational opportunities and presentations to healthcare facilities’ and employers’ staff. IRHA provides outreach to the unfunded counties in the state for cessation systems change to enroll healthcare providers and employers in rural areas in the TPC Preferred Networks and provide tobacco use treatment resources to Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. IRHA is an established organization with existing working relationships with the RHCs and CAHs, which provides an ideal situation to share resources on cessation systems change.

Health Systems Change Partner

Building off of IRHA’s long history of partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health’s Tobacco Commission, our organization has launched a two year project focusing upon building a translatable model for tobacco dependence treatment in health systems, i.e. health systems change. At a high level this project seeks to support three hospitals – Putnam County Hospital, Franciscan Health Rensselaer, & Decatur County Memorial Hospital – with implementing tobacco dependence treatment via evidence-based practices and quality improvement activities while leveraging electronic medical record systems. Specifically, our partner hospitals use the opportunity to improve processes and workflows to reduce patient or employee tobacco use. Parallel partners include Purdue Health Advisors, Rethink Tobacco Indiana, Indiana Hospital Association, Community Health Network, Southwestern Behavioral Health, and more.

Combined Expertise

  • 10 years experience of community capacity building in the field of tobacco control
  • Tobacco treatment specialist (TTS); member of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, the steering member of the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana
  • Extensive network of health systems, practitioners, and community partners
  • Successful implementation of numerous tobacco and substance use grants from state and federal health agencies, e.g. ISDH, HRSA, CMS

Contacts

Tina Elliott
Senior Director
2901 Ohio Boulevard, Suite 240
Terre Haute, IN 47803
telliott@indianarha.org
812-478-3919 extension 222

Taylor Kenyon, MPH
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Quality
Advisor; Project Director
1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 305
Indianapolis, IN 46208
tkenyon@indianarha.org
812-870-9997


DISCLOSURE: IRHA TOBACCO PROJECT(S) IS/WAS SUPPORTED BY THE TOBACCO PREVENTION & CESSATION COMMISSION (TPC) OF THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (ISDH) UNDER  GRANT NUMBER #35567 HEALTH SYSTEMS CHANGE GRANT PROGRAM, $180,000. THIS INFORMATION OR CONTENT AND CONCLUSIONS ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS THE OFFICIAL POSITION OR POLICY OF, NOR SHOULD ANY ENDORSEMENTS BE INFERRED BY TPC, ISDH OR THE INDIANA STATE GOVERNMENT.