Collaborative Partners

Area Health Education Center Tobacco Cessation Resources**

**ACOG District XII Partners with the Area Health Education Centers to Prepare Florida’s OBGYN Physicians to Treat Their Tobacco Dependent Patients**

 Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free and convenient resources to help tobacco users quit. The Florida Quitline and Web Coach® are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, face-to-face group cessation services are offered by the Florida Area Health Education Centers Network at convenient times and locations throughout the state.
• For local face-to-face help, visit the Florida Area Health Education Centers Network “I Quit with AHEC” website:
• To speak with a Quit Coach®, call 1-877-U-Can-Now (1-877-822-8669)
• For online help, visit

For information on referring your patients to local cessation services available through the Florida AHEC Network, please contact your local AHEC Program or Center office serving your county.  A directory of the Florida AHEC Network is available HERE.

AHEC Network online CE courses:

Pharmacotherapy of Tobacco Cessation
Alternative Tobacco Products
Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: An Emerging Trend
Tobacco Cessation: Facts, Fiction and Urban Legends
Reducing Tobacco Related Health Disparities
Medical Complications of Tobacco
History of Florida's Tobacco Settlement
Spirometry and CO Monitoring
Nutrition, Weight Gain and Exercise in the Treatment of Tobacco Dependence
E-Cigarettes: What We Know and Don't Know
Motivational Interviewing
A Clinicians Guide to Helping Pregnant Women Quit Smoking

Online modules with in-built pre-post tests:

• Overview of Tobacco Cessation
• Motivational Interviewing for Primary Care
• Pharmacotherapy of Tobacco Cessation
• Children and Tobacco: Three Cases
• Julie: Pregnancy and Smoking
• Older Adults and Tobacco
• Smokeless Tobacco
• Five Cases: Basic Tobacco Cessation Interventions

Articles and Publications:
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, sponsored by the Public Health Service, includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence that have become available since the 2000 Guideline was published. This update will make an important contribution to the quality of care in the United States and to the health of the American people.

Systems change describes specific strategies that health care administrators, managed care organizations, and purchasers of health plans can implement to treat tobacco dependence. These strategies include implementing a tobacco-user identification system; providing training, resources, and feedback; dedicating staff to provide tobacco dependence treatments and assessing delivery of treatment in staff performance evaluations; and promoting hospital policies that support and provide tobacco dependence services. Sponsored by the Public Health Service, the 2008 Update to the
2008 Update to the Clinical Practice Guideline (above) presents evidenced-based guidelines for clinicians to use when treating their patients who use tobacco. The expert panel that developed this Guideline recognized that health professionals need the support of the health care systems in which they work in order for these treatment recommendations to be fully utilized.

CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 is an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. This document updates Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2007. This updated edition describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.

Other Resources:
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General - This is the 32nd tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report issued since 1964. It highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially and the smoking epidemic in the United States.

• Tobacco-Free Florida – Youth Program,, Government Web site
• American Cancer Society,,  Online Support
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,,  Government Web site
• National Cancer Institute,,  Government Web site
• American Heart Association,, Public Health Web site
• American Legacy Foundation – Become an Ex-Smoker,, Public Health Web site
• National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative,, Public Health Web site
• North American Quitline Consortium,, Public Health Web site
• Smoking Cessation Leadership Center,,  Public Health Web site
• My Time to Quit,, Commercial Web site
• Smoking Cessation Resource Center,, Commercial Web site
• Freedom from Smoking Online- Free Smoking Cessation Program -

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

The purpose for founding the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) was to improve Florida’s maternal and infant health outcomes through the delivery of high quality, evidence-based perinatal care.

To review the current literature e-bulletins on Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries <39 Weeks Gestation, please click the links below:

Fall 2014

Summer 2014

Spring 2014

Winter 2013

Summer 2013

Click to read more about the Hypertension in Pregnancy initiative.

 March of Dimes

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District XII and March of Dimes Banner Recognition

 A number of Florida hospitals will be honored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XII (Florida) and the March of Dimes for reducing the number of early elective inductions and cesarean deliveries with a special recognition banner. The hospitals selected recently met the criteria to qualify for this distinction, which includes achieving a rate for elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy of 5 percent, or lower and have policies in place to discourage such deliveries in the future.

Click to view the list of hospitals who will be receiving the banners.


Colleen Filbert
Project Manager

ACOG District XII:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998