Project TEACH (Tobacco Education and Cessation in the Health System) is a tele-mentoring program facilitated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The aim of this program is to provide tobacco education, consulting and cessation strategies to clinical providers through the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Project TEACH is available for all health care providers seeking to eliminate nicotine addiction from tobacco use and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Our long-term goal is to prevent tobacco-related deaths by reducing smoking prevalence among Texans as well as the United States.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death killing more than 480,000 people a year. The current adult smoking prevalence rate in the United States is 14.0% which is estimated to be 32.3 million adults. In Texas, there is a prevalence rate of 15.7% or 3.3 million adults who currently smoke. approximately the same as the national average of 13.9%. However, smoking rates hide the elevated prevalence among certain populations such as youth and those with behavioral health disorders. For example, research shows that the smoking rates in the behavioral health population is more than 40%. That's more than double the smoking prevalence of the general population. Effective behavioral interventions and pharmacologic treatments for tobacco use and dependence exist and are very cost-effective, but are underutilized. Therefore, it is critical to reach these patients with tobacco and nicotine cessation services tailored to their needs and environment.
Studies estimate that each year family medicine practices have approxiately 240 million opportunities to impact the tobacco use behaviors of Americans. Other studies have found that physicians and non-physicians produce the best results using multiple intervention strategies, and that self-help strategies alone are ineffective. This highlights current evidence that the most effective tobacco use treatment approach is combined counseling and pharmocotherapy.
The goal of Project TEACH is to increase access to and sustain specialized tobacco cessation practices among varying health care providers and educators using the Project ECHO framework created by The University of New Mexico. We also offer health care providers the opportunity to attend our Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program, and intensive training which equips providers with the tools they need to deliver expert care to those using tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Attendees of this training can utilize Project TEACH as a resource to sustain and enhance the tobacco treatment specialists' training curriculum following the intensive in-person training.
To address smoking and other tobacco use among psychiatric consumers in Texas, in 2015, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded a grant to Rice University, The University of Houston, and Integral Care in Austin entitled "Taking Texas Tobacco Free (TTTF): Expanding the Integral Care Campus and Community Model into a Statewide Cancer Prevention Program" (PP130032; Co- PIs: Lam & Reitzel).
Expanding upon the goals of TTTF, Project TEACH was created by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in collaboration with TTTF investigators (UH, Rice, Integral Care in Austin), supported financially by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program® and implemented by teams in Behavioral Science and the EndTobacco Program within the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform.
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Instructions to submit new cases:
- Download the following template for cases: ECHO-TEACH Case Presentation Template
- Fill out the form (auto-fill available)
- Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday morning
Continuing Education Credit
Instructions to obtain CME credit for attendance at the ECHO-TEACH clinic:
- Review the following document for CME credit
CME Information/CME Disclosure Summary
- Contact email@example.com to get the CME evaluation links
- Complete the survey
Note: The CME survey link becomes active at the end of the clinic and expires at 10 a.m. the following Monday
Instructions to obtain CEU credit for attendance at the ECHO-TEACH Clinic:
- Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
ECHO TEACH Contacts
Alex Hurst - Program Manager
Tiffany Winter - Program Coordinator