Deadline extended to sign up
for AAFP tobacco cessation pilot project
AAFP is recruiting 50 family medicine offices for a pilot project that encourages and teaches Office Champions to implement system changes and integrate tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. Practices that participate in the pilot will designate an Office Champion to lead the project and communicate results to AAFP. Office Champions will be required to complete a training program, submit an implementation plan, and track and report results.
The pilot project must involve a wide geographic representation, a range of practice types and sizes, and a variety of practice settings (urban, rural, suburban). The initial call for applications yielded small results from southern states and Texas in particular, so AAFP will accept applications from Texas physicians through Sept. 2, 2010. Participating sites will be announced in September, and project implementation and evaluation will take place from October 2010 through May 2011.
Practices that complete the program will receive $3,500 from AAFP to cover administrative costs, plus a recognition kit with materials to be used to communicate their success, including a press release, certificates, posters, an article for patient newsletters, and electronic “Tobacco Treatment Excellence” logos. Participating offices will also be recognized in an advertisement in American Family Physician, in materials distributed at the AAFP Scientific Assembly, and on the AAFP website.
Learn how you can apply to participate in the Tobacco Cessation Office Champions Pilot Project by visiting AAFP's website here. This project is supported by Pfizer Inc.