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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3107.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - Table 2

Abstract #111542

"A statewide evidence-based tobacco intervention program: Using health policy to address disparities”

Sarah Moody Thomas, PhD1, Joenell A. Henry-Tanner, MPH1, Ana C. Fick, PhD1, Ronald Horswell, PhD2, Kurt Braun, PhD3, and Michael Butler, MD, MHA3. (1) School of Public Health - Behavioral and Community Health Program, LSU Health Sciences Center, 1600 Canal Street, Suite 1136, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504 568-2428, sthoma@lsuhsc.edu, (2) School of Public Health - Biostatistics Program, LSU Health Sciences Center, 1600 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, (3) Health Care Services Division, LSU Health Sciences Center, 8550 United Plaza Blvd, Suite 400, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Tobacco use has been identified as a major risk factor for chronic illnesses. Within the United States (U.S.), tobacco use contributes to over 430,000 deaths each year. However, despite these consequences and the public's awareness, at least a quarter of U.S. American adults continue to smoke. Building on evidence-based research, the state of Louisiana has initiated tobacco control strategies within its public health care delivery system. The statewide system is comprised of ten hospitals charged with caring for state residents, most are under - or uninsured. This integrated tobacco intervention is an example of the role of health policy in addressing disparities associated with access to treatment. The purpose of this round table will be to describe the planning and implementation processes associated with adoption of a state-wide tobacco intervention; transportability of the intervention, strategies for establishing partnerships, and IT support necessary to conduct program evaluation.

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