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BJC Collaborative hosts Smoking Cessation Workshop

Smoking cessation was the focus of a BJC Collaborative workshop, held in November at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Parkview Tower.

Workshop participants shared successes and common challenges their organizations are facing in smoking cessation. The group also discussed future directions for cancer prevention and control research between BJC Collaborative (BJCC) members and Washington University School of Medicine.

Representatives from all eight BJCC member health systems were invited to the workshop. More than
20 representatives from seven health systems participated, including system and cancer center leaders, nurse navigators, clinical researchers, radiology staff, community educators and Washington University faculty.

In addition to encouraging networking among individuals involved in smoking cessation across BJCC, the workshop also featured several presentations:

  • Jim Brawner, CoxHealth population health community educator, provided “Nicotine Addiction – Developing a Footprint for Best Care: Overcoming Barriers and Lessons Learned at CoxHealth.”
  • Li-Shiun Chen, MD, ScD, MPH, WUSM department of psychiatry associate professor; Charis Baumgartner, Siteman Cancer Center medical oncology clinical nurse coordinator; and Paula Goldberg, Siteman medical oncology nurse manager, presented “Smoking Cessation in Cancer Centers: The ELEVATE Trial (electronic health record-enabled evidence-based cessation treatment) funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Moonshot initiative.”
  • Graham Colditz, MD, MPH, DrPh, Siteman associate director of prevention and control, and Aimee James, PhD, Siteman co-program leader for prevention and control, addressed “Future Directions for Cancer Prevention and Control.”

In conjunction with the workshop, a second version of the BJC Collaborative Smoking Cessation Resource Guide was distributed for use among all BJCC members. The guide includes a summary of smoking cessation practices by system, as well as best practices offered by “champions” in select areas such as classes, counseling, community engagement, physician billing and electronic medical record integration.

Members of the I-STEP Lung Cancer Screening Trial also shared health care provider talking points on e-cigarettes developed in light of the recent outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping.

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