North Carolina AHEC Program
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AHEC Leads Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Trainings

AHEC is taking a lead role for tobacco education and advocacy for the state with Eastern AHEC serving as the lead AHEC. Through this program, eight "Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Trainings" took place across the state.

Freedom from SmokingDawn Grant, MPH, director of public health education, was also one of the recipients of a National AHEC grant for the Cease Smoking 2Day Initiative to provide interprofessional education on using motivational interviewing for tobacco cessation in patient populations; a project that reached over 66 health care professionals from five disciplines (Allied Health, Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, and Mental Health) in 21 counties.

As a result of her work with tobacco education leaders in the state, Grant was approached to help develop a sustainability coalition for the North Carolina Spit Tobacco Education Program (NC STEP). The Division of Public Health has awarded NC STEP a grant to convene a statewide coalition composed of medical, dental, public health, and volunteer health organizations to develop a strategy to sustain the Teen Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program through advocacy at the state and local levels.

The Coalition meets monthly in Raleigh and has representation from the NC Dental Hygiene Association, NC Dental Society, NC School Nurse Association, NC School and Community Health Alliance, NC Pediatric Society, NC Alliance for Health, Department of Health & Human Services, and of course, the North Carolina AHEC Program.