A Community of Practice on Smoking Cessation in St. Augustine

By Melissa Knabe, Associate Director FSU-AHEC

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program at Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) (a part of Tobacco Free Florida) in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health and Smoking Cessation Leadership Center is convening a Community of Practice to assist behavioral health organizations to adopt tobacco-free policies and incorporate treatment for tobacco use disorder along with other behavioral health services. 

Communities of practice provide continuous learning by fostering the development of newer or deeper levels of knowledge that result from regular interaction and activities with particpants who share a common interest. Members learn from their participation in the activities and discussions and are encouraged to apply their new knowledge to their own work and drive more impact.

The Community of Practice will consist of a 1.5 day in-person orientation and action plan development meeting to be held January 23-24, 2020 at the oceanfront Embassy Suites in beautiful St. Augustine Beach. Participants will have access to experts in tobacco control for behavioral health populations, such as Taslim van Hattum from National Council for Behavioral Health and Christine Cheng from Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to develop and refine organizational action plans for tracking and monitoring goals. After the initial meeting, participants will engage in three follow-up calls where guidance and technical assistance will be provided.

Participation is limited to 8-10 mental health and/or addictions treatment programs, with only a few slots remaining. FSU will cover travel expenses (registration, transportation, hotel, breakfast and lunch) for two participants per organization to attend the launch meeting in January. If your organization is interested in participating please contact Melissa Knabe at melissa.knabe@med.fsu.edu. Come brainstorm with us at the beach!