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Health System Change Partnerships

These partnerships will help build the capacity of Indiana health systems to impact tobacco use, specifically supporting the integration of tobacco dependence treatment. This opportunity allows for organizations to implement systems change initiatives - sustainable, integrated solutions at the organizational level that support clinicians and health systems to address tobacco use consistently and effectively - and provide technical assistance/services targeting the following focus areas:

  1. Implementing Best Practices for Tobacco Dependence Treatment - Care Coordination
  2. Quality Improvement
  3. Utilization of Electronic Health Record (EHR) System.

According to the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, systems change leads to improvements or modifications in the way health care systems operate to enhance or improve clinician interventions and to integrate tobacco into health care delivery using various strategies. Services may include:

  • Developing processes to ensure that tobacco dependence treatment, and its documentation, is fully integrated into care and sustained over time
  • Implementing quality improvement processes to enable integration of tobacco dependence treatment best practices into routine care
  • Demonstrating meaningful use of the EHR system.

Opportunity exists within the healthcare sector to explore and implement these strategies. These partnerships are expected to lay the foundation for future systems change efforts and build support and knowledge focused on systems change and quality improvement in Indiana. TPC’s vision is to replicate and share lessons learned to continue informing our work and build capacity within health systems to consistently offer best practices in treating tobacco use and dependence.

Health Systems Change Partners:

Indiana Cancer Consortium

5150 W. 71st Street, Indianapolis IN 46268
Gage VanDine

The Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) is a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce Indiana’s cancer burden through the coordinated, collective action of its members and the sharing of resources, knowledge, and passion.  The Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2021-2022 (ICCP) includes an objective and measures aimed at reducing the proportion of Indiana residents who use tobacco, including survivors who currently smoke cigarettes. ICC recruited cancer pavilions, Good Samaritan and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Cancer Center (ASVECC). Both cancer pavilions will implement strategies to address and actively promote tobacco cessation.

Indiana Cancer Consortium (2 sites)

  1. Good Samaritan Cancer Pavilion

    520 S. 7th Street
    Vincennes, IN 47591

  2. Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Cancer Center (ASVECC)
    3699 Epworth Road
    Newburgh, IN 47630
    Katie Thewes

Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Department of Health Policy & Management
1050 Wishard Blvd, RG 5036, Indianapolis, IN, 46220
Dr. Valerie Yeager  

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Center for Health Policy, (Evaluation Grant)
The Center for Health Policy (CHP) is located within Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The CHP is the research hub of the Department of Health Policy and Management. The CHP’s mission is to generate evidence that informs decision-making in Indiana and beyond. CHP fellows and staff conduct rigorous research and evaluation on health system performance and health policy issues, with a specific focus on: population health and analytics; substance misuse and mental health services; and public health systems and services research. The CHP is leading the evaluation of the Health Systems Change Partnership activities among the selected grantees using a mixed‐methods approach. Annual evaluation reports produced by the CHP summarize the achievements of Health Systems Change Partnership activities. Ongoing evaluation topics include obtaining and sustaining leadership support, accessing process and outcome data necessary for tracking the impact of these activities, and establishing long-term sustainability of health systems change tobacco cessation practices.

Franciscan Health - Lafayette

1701 S Creasy Ln., Lafayette, IN  47905
Beth Segal

Franciscan Health is a faith based, not-for-profit healthcare system made up of numerous hospitals and clinical sites located in Indiana and Illinois.  Franciscan Health offers a wide variety of care options to meet consumer needs from health maintenance and preventative care to emergent, acute and rehabilitation services.  The primary site for this grant is Franciscan Health Lafayette hospital, located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  The grant supported efforts focus on increasing staff education for evidence-based tobacco treatment, standardizing patient care interventions, increasing referrals for post-acute tobacco cessation support, and improving EMR (electronic medical record) integration.

Methodist Hospitals – Northlake/Southlake

600 Grant Street, Gary, IN  46402
Judy Lindsey, Sarah Connelly

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary, Indiana (Northlake) and Merrillville, Indiana (Southlake) that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award-winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Women & Children’s Services, Bariatric Surgery Services, Emergency & Trauma Services, Immediate Care Centers, an Orthopedic & Spine Care Center, Sports Medicine, comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.  It also has physicians’ clinics throughout the region. It has earned Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation. There are 534 combined campus inpatient beds and a total of 2,200 employees plus 556 physicians and allied health professionals. As a safety-net hospital, Methodist Hospitals provided $91.1 Million in physician and community services, charity care and uncompensated care in its most recent audited year. Methodist will focus it’s cessation strategies on updating their tobacco-free grounds signage and policy, training staff on evidence based tobacco dependence treatment, creating assessment and treatment protocols,  and integrating the Indiana Tobacco Quitline in their electronic health record system.

Community Health Network

Nicotine Dependence Program
7979 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite 330, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Annette McDaniel; Allie Webb

Community Health Network is a not-for-profit health system made up of over 200 sites of care and affiliates located across central Indiana. Community Health Network includes a wide range of services including physician care, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, and home care services among others. The primary administrative site for the grant is the Community Cancer Center North, located on Indianapolis’ north side; however, grant activities are being piloted in their Anderson, Indiana location. This grant is dedicated to standardizing evidence-based tobacco use and dependence treatment throughout Community Health Network (CHNw). The overall function is to standardize care to include strategic development to foster widespread adoption for evidence-based tobacco treatment, provider education, employee-focused cessation strategies and standardize workflow in the electronic medical record (EHR) to enhance care and provide analytical feedback and outcome management.

Rethink Tobacco Indiana

535 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Kayla Hsu

Rethink Tobacco Indiana has been a TPC grantee since 2008 and is formerly known as Bringing Indiana Along.  Rethink is a statewide technical assistance partner that aims to create awareness and health systems change related to treating tobacco use and dependence in behavioral health settings. Its program focus is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco and nicotine use among persons with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders through the following free activities and resources:

  • Technical Assistance – assist behavioral health centers with integration of evidence-based tobacco treatment service
  • Policy Development – support behavioral health treatment centers with developing and implementing tobacco free grounds policies
  • Education –provide education to clinical practitioners, i.e. webinars
  • Specialized Training – provide specialized training on topics such as pharmacotherapy and e-cigarettes.
  • Resources

INAAP/Clinical Efforts Against Secondhand Smoke (CEASE) Pediatric Program

3500 Depauw Blvd Suite 1110, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Lisa Wegner; Clare Burkert

The Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (“INAAP”) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on issues related to the health and well-being of all Hoosier children. With over 900 pediatrician and nurse practitioner members throughout the state, INAAP strives to be the go-to resource for questions related to children’s health, as well as for issues related to the practice of pediatrics. INAAP operates the Clinical Efforts Against Secondhand Smoke (CEASE) program in 22 pediatric offices and plans to continue recruitment additional sites for the new grant cycle.

Marion General Hospital (MGH) is a rural, magnet hospital located in Grant County, Indiana; that has been serving patients for over 120 years! With long-standing roots, MGH has become the largest local employer who provides equitable, affordable, high quality, patient-centered care for all.

Over the last four years MGH has focused on identifying and treating patients who use tobacco following the Million Hearts Protocol. Recent efforts include the training of 5 new tobacco treatment specialists, implementation of new policy and procedures around NRT prescriptions, updates to the EMR system, and started recommending pulmonary function testing for those who use electronic nicotine devices.

Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA)

1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 305, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Taylor Kenyon

The mission of the IRHA is to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education, advocacy, and collaboration. IRHA has an excellent rapport and collaborative working relationships with Indiana’s critical access hospitals, 19 rural hospitals, and 79 rural health clinics. Through the TPC funding opportunity, IRHA is guiding two hospitals in their tobacco-focused health systems change efforts: Franciscan Health-Rensselear, and Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

  1. Franciscan Health Rensselaer
    1104 E. Grace St.
    Rensselaer Indiana 47978
    Site Contact: Christina Hoaks
  2. Decatur County Memorial Hospital
    720 N. Lincoln Street
    Greensburg, IN 47240
    Site Contact 1: Kristin Rowland
    Site Contact 2: Audrey Fuller