Upcoming Webinar:

Reaching Disparate Populations to Provide Access to Tobacco Cessation Services


Presented by:

Ellen Denizard, MPA

Patricia Bax, RN, MS

Although tobacco use is the primary preventable cause of death and disease in America, it is often challenging for clinicians to address tobacco cessation with their patients. This presentation will educate attendees on steps to effectively implement the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in health systems. Attendees will learn how to reach healthcare providers who treat disparate populations. Working with other health systems and DSRIP projects statewide will be explored, with an emphasis on educating and utilizing evidence based treatment options in clinical settings.

Learning Objectives

1.  Discuss two promising practices for addressing smoking cessation with disparate populations, including Medicaid and Medicare tobacco users. 

2.  Explain two strategies to address barriers to implementing the PHS Clinical Practice Guideline with health systems as a component of DSRIP projects focusing on tobacco cessation interventions.

3.  Describe the Opt- to-QuitTM Provider Referral Program, including at least one benefit, barrier, and lesson learned.

Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Bios

Ellen Denizard is a Tobacco Control Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She began working at RPCI in April 2016 as part of the DSRIP contract team. Prior to working at RPCI, Ellen worked as a project coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. There she managed a public health initiative, connecting homebound patients to volunteers in the community to help fill gaps of care.

Ellen began her nine year career in public health in 2007 when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. She promoted sustainable public health practices and worked with local leaders to develop infrastructure projects that would improve health and sanitation conditions in rural communities. Ellen received her Masters of Public Administration in 2013 from West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

Patricia Bax is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the New York State Smokers’ Quitline and Roswell Park Cessation Services at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Her primary focus is to promote Quitline services statewide and work directly with health care providers to adopt and implement a referral program with the Quitline. Patricia recently co-authored a paper published in Hospital Pediatrics: Implementation of an Inpatient Electronic Referral System (Opt-to-Quit) From the Electronic Health Record to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline: First Steps.

Patricia is a Registered Nurse, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. Her career experience has focused on education, behavioral health counseling, and human services. She currently serves as the Vice President of Education for the Toast of Roswell, International Toastmaster’s chapter.



Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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