CJFMW in its effort to strengthen the tobacco cessation skills of health care providers and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, an American Lung Association (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” Facilitator Training was held in St James on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. This day long training provided tools to help smokers develop a plan of action leading to quit day and providing the support they need to remain smoke-free.
The trainer was Erin Simmons, Program Manager, from ALA of Minnesota. Registration materials were sent to area health care providers in the five county region. SHIP offered to pay the tuition of $100 per person for those attending. Three health care providers- 1 health coach from Sanford Jackson, a private psychological counselor, and a LPN from the Windom Area Hospital attended along with one MSU Community Health Intern and Bonnie Frederickson, CJFMW SHIP Community Specialist. Each person attending received the training, a comprehensive facilitator manual, and sample participant packet.
Those that attended commented on the value of the training and how it will better equip them with the skills and materials to work with their clients who use tobacco and want to quit. Attendees were very appreciative of having our SHIP project offer this program and hope it can be offered again so more health care providers can attend. They also thanked Erin Simmons for sharing her skills and insights to implement the program in the settings where we work.