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This week in the loop we’re talking about the outcome of reducing the number of smokers in Lane County. Tobacco use in Lane County continues to be a major contributor to death, disease, costly medical care, and lost productivity. In 2011, 50,492 Lane County adults (18%) reported regularly smoking cigarettes, slightly higher than the state average, and significantly higher than the national target of 12 percent. The opportunity to impact this outcome is department-wide; tobacco users are currently served in every Cluster, and by working across all service areas we have the best opportunity to achieve this important outcome. During this video you will hear from different divisions on how they are working on this outcome.
Chris Eilers (Trillium-Behavioral Health): At Trillium Behavioral Health we funded several training for behavioral health providers to provide group therapy and individual therapy around smoking cessation. We’ve also worked with other county departments to put signs up around all our facilities to make sure all of our campuses are smoke free. We continue to work with behavioral health providers in residential setting to implement to new state regulations that require smoking cessation treatment and that ban tobacco use on their campus as well.
Randy Anderson (Behavioral Health): One of the things that we are doing here. Myself and Dr. Boner are providing a smoking cessation group once a week; it’s a combination support group and education group. We’re using a healthy lifestyles workbook. IT’s not an easy thing to give up smoking, but it’s something that definitely can be done. We’re hoping we can show individuals that process and be able to have good outcomes.
Sue Barnhart (Developmental Disabilities): Hi, I’m Sue Barnhart with lane County Developmental Disabilities. As a service coordinator we meet with all the children and adults we serve at least once a year. We then do a plan for the year, so this year when we are meeting with folks that are smokers we will be discussion with them the adverse effects of smoking and then will be asking them if they would like some information on some different programs that could help them to stop smoking.
Bryan Phillips (WIC): My names Brian at WIC, here at WIC we provide tobacco prevention screening and referral services to pregnant women and nursing women.
Dr. Carroll (CHC): At well-child check-ups we talk to parents about smoking cessation to reduce ear infections and improve respiratory health for our patients.
Jamie Strand (Family Mediation): For smoking, we’ve also changed our parent education class structure to reduce or eliminate our client’s exposure to second and even third hand smoke.
Whitney Walker (Veterans Services): For Veterans we enroll in VA healthcare are encouraged to join our smoking cessation program with every visit to their VA healthcare provider.
Viriam Khalsa (Youth Services): We here at Department of Youth Services are kind of new to this, not that we don’t care about tobacco, but as an explicit outcome we’re just getting on the bandwagon of quitting smoking. Our campus will be going smoke-free by July 1, we’re working with Lane County Mental Health to include this option for our clientele. We’re also doing some new data collection on kids who smoke, kids who come in through our front door, so we have some data about how many kids on our caseloads smoke, as well as offering smoking cessation in our detention program. We’re really excited about these options for helping make a huge impact in the potential health of our counties young people. Thank you.