The University of Arizona

Program History

The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership created and manages the instructional design, content, adaptation, graphic design, printing, materials distribution, program logistics, and evaluation of the Arizona Tobacco Dependence Treatment Continuing Education Programs.

The Partnership was initially awarded a contract in 1998 to develop and test continuing education and certification models to meet the goals of the tobacco education and prevention arm of the Arizona Department of Health Services. At that time, it was called the Arizona Cessation and Training Evaluation Program (ACTEV).

The HealthCare Partnership (HCP) Tobacco Dependence Treatment Certification Program draws on the experience and evaluation activities of The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership (HCP) since 1998. The HCP core program is a four-hour interactive Continuing Education (CE)/Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited workshop conducted by Certified Instructors.  Instructors teach and participants simulate the Five A Model for brief tobacco interventions.  Each participant receives a Guidebook and participant resource folder.

In addition to the core Certification program, the menu includes an adaptation of four culturally-responsive American Indian (AI) commercial tobacco dependence treatment resources and patient self-management tools developed by the HCP with input from a variety of North American tribal entities.  They include, but are not limited to: Implementing Tobacco Control into the Primary Healthcare Setting Fieldbook, Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills Certification for Native Communities Guidebook/Instructor Manual, Maternal & Child Health Companion Guide, a Speaker Kit, and Reimbursement Guide. Printed resources are accompanied by audiovisual resources, patient self-management and resource-enabling supplements.


The HCP Certification programs are based on two salient theoretical frameworks: Bandura’s Social Cognitive Learning Theory (Bandura, 1977) and Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991).  These theories state that self-efficacy and planned intentions are critical predictors of behavior change. The HCP evaluation Pretest/Posttest design measures participant knowledge, demonstration of skills, confidence, intent to change practice and satisfaction.  Data are gathered at the program location and at three-month follow-up.  Instructors receive routine Instructor Summary Reports following each program delivery.  Three-month follow-up surveys assess number of brief interventions delivered, referrals to intensive services and changes in clinic practice (Gilles et al., 2011).

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