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September & October 2015

REGISTER NOW…Nicotine Dependence Treatment
Continuing Education & Certification Programs
September 24-25, 2015, October 15-17, 2015 and October 17,2015

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April 2012

HealthCare Partnership Holds INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST Certification!

THURSDAY, May 31 and FRIDAY, June 1, 2012 in Tucson, AZ

Instructional Specialist

January 2012

Resolved to earn CERTIFICATION!

Contact us to join one of the Certification programs scheduled for this year, or schedule one of your own!

Certification helps us be effective, focused and efficient in helping people make improved health decisions.

Earning certification demonstrates that you have achieved the research industry’s premier certification in tobacco dependence treatment!

The following adaptations are available:

  • Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills
  • Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills for Medical & Allied Health Professionals
  • Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills for Maternal & Child Health
  • Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills for Native Communities

Please visit our Continuing Education Programs page to learn more!

November 2011

HealthCare Partnership hosts Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills and
Instructor Certification for Medical and Allied Health Professionals

Learning Cluster

September 2011

Make the Connection:
Motivational Interviewing for the Prevention and
Treatment of Nicotine Dependence Among Women

August 2011

Make the Connection:
Motivational Interviewing for Tobacco Cessation in Pharmacy Settings

July 2011

FDA Drug Safety Update: Chantix (varenicline)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the public that the smoking cessation aid Chantix (varenicline) may be associated with a small, increased risk of certain cardiovascular adverse events in patients who have cardiovascular disease.

This safety information will be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the Chantix physician labeling. The patient Medication Guide will also be revised to inform patients about this possible risk.

FDA reviewed a randomized clinical trial of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with Chantix or placebo. In this trial, Chantix was effective in helping patients quit smoking and remain abstinent from smoking for as long as one year. Cardiovascular adverse events were infrequent overall, however, certain events, including heart attack, were reported more frequently in patients treated with Chantix than in patients treated with placebo.

To read the whole Drug Safety Communication click here.

July 2011

President Ben Shelly Accepts Public Health Leadership Award

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly accepted the Indian Health Service (IHS) Director’s Special Recognition Award from IHS Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux on June 29, at their annual awards ceremony held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  He was selected for ‘outstanding public health leadership’ for his tremendous efforts to ban the use of commercial tobacco products in public places on the Navajo Nation.

Read more!

May 2011

Watch HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Smokeless Tobacco"

November 2010


July 2010

The HealthCare Partnership brings Tobacco Dependence Treatment
Continuing Education Programs to Guam


An invitation by the Guam Department of Public Health to certify Guam community members was addressed during June. The program was held at The University of Guam and the GUAHAN Project Pacific Resource & Training Center Galleria. Attendees hailed from the Micronesian Islands as well as from the Island of Guam. The Treatment Specialist Certification program included special populations as well as smokeless tobacco cultural usage on the Islands. Learning was eager and action is in motion to support tobacco-free Guam.

The collaboration with the HealthCare Partnership at The University of Arizona and the Guam Department of Public Health has been a longstanding relationship.

April 2010

The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership
Hosts National Practitioners for 2-day
Tobacco Dependence Treatment Continuing Education Workshops


August 2009

CS2day Kickoff Event is a Success!
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Presenters included:

  • Robert Addleton, Ed.D, - Executive Vice President, Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine
  • Mary Gilles, M.D.- Medical Director, The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership
  • Connie McHugh, CPC-I, CPC, CPC-H, LPN - Arizona Medical Association Associate Vice President for Membership and Accreditation
  • Scott Strayer, M.D. - Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, The University of Virginia Health System

This CS2day program demonstrated innovative and accessible tobacco cessation methodologies that overcome barriers of time constraints, knowledge deficits, and clinician’s lack of confidence to reinforce healthcare delivery systems institutionalizing the consistent identification and treatment of every tobacco user and measured outcomes that will ultimately lead to an overall decrease in smoking rates in the United States.

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