center of excellence for health systems improvement

Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement

With funding from the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control, CAI serves as the Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement (COE) for a Tobacco Free NY. The Center promotes large-scale systems and policy changes to support the universal provision of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment services.
The COE aims to aid 10 contractors throughout New York State working regionally with healthcare systems and organizations that serve those populations for which smoking prevalence rates have not decreased in recent years - adults with low income and poor mental health. Focused on providing capacity building assistance services around topics like how to engage and obtain buy-in from leadership to implement the kinds of systems-level changes that will result in identification and intervention with every tobacco user who seeks care, the COE will also offer materials and resources to support contractors in their regional work.
The COE will support statewide efforts to increase the percentage of healthcare provider organizations that have formally adopted and implemented systems and policies to assist smokers in quitting. In addition, the COE will promote a policy environment that is favorable to the universal provision of evidence-based tobacco cessation services in these settings, which will include federally qualified health centers and other safety net providers. The COE also plans to convene workgroups comprised of key membership from statewide entities and other stakeholder organizations to inform their efforts.
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