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Smoking cessation resources

The Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program – sponsored by the Department of Public Health – is offering some good advice on counseling patients about smoking cessation. It’s called Georgia cAARds, and it stands for “Ask, Advise, and Refer with Follow up.” It’s based on the well-known 5As model for treating tobacco use.

You can get free online training in implementing the cAARds system, which includes 1 CME, by signing up at GAtobaccointervention.org.

So what is cAARds?

The idea is for healthcare providers to spend just a few minutes with each patient: You ask them about tobacco use, advise them on the benefits of quitting, and then refer them to a tobacco cessation counseling program such as the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.

After you handle two of those “5 As,” the GTQL handles the other three (assessing, assisting, and arranging follow ups).

Help your patients who still smoke and get free online training and CME — sign up at GAtobaccointervention.org.

For more information on the training, Georgia cAARds, or the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line, drop a note to  Kayla Lloyd, GDPH’s tobacco cessation coordinator at Kayla.Lloyd@dph.ga.gov.

DSME webinar

Pharmacists interested in expanding their clinical service offerings by obtaining DSME accreditation can check out this webinar, led by Allison Smith, diabetes program manager from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

In her webinar, Allison describes Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME), outlines the standards, discusses the benefits, and explains the accreditation process — click here to view the full webinar right now.

To find out how to get DSME accreditation, and for more information on how this service helps patients and grows your clinical practice, contact Allison at Allison.Smith@dph.ga.gov. Tell Allison you’re with the Georgia Pharmacy Association.

Million Hearts “Team Up. Pressure Down” blood pressure self-management tools

The Georgia Pharmacy Association is helping the Georgia Department of Public Health spread the word about a wealth of pharmacist-facing and patient-facing publications designed to help patients control their blood pressure. Click here to read about resources you can brand with your own logo and distribute to patients.

It’s all part of the Million Hearts initiative, an ambitious project that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Georgia Pharmacy Association is proud to work with the Georgia Department of Public Health on this worthy initiative. We’re convinced that GPhA pharmacists will prove vital to helping Georgia patients control their blood pressure.

National Diabetes Education Program resources for healthcare providers

The National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-funded program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NDEP works with over 200 partners  — including the Georgia Department of Public Health – to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes.

GPhA is teaming up with DPH to share NDEP resources with our members. Click here to find publications that your patients can use to help control their diabetes.

Hypertension Management Outreach Program Directory

The Georgia Hypertension Management and Outreach Program provides eligible patients with blood pressure screening and assessment, physician referral, and disease case management and treatment. Click here for more information.