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Statewide Partners

TPC Statewide partnerships use evidenced-based tobacco prevention and cessation efforts for youth and adults. They include efforts to mobilize strong partner coalitions that reflect TPC targeted populations and support the TPC Mission and Program Objectives.

American Lung Association in Indiana
115 West Washington Street, Suite 1180-South
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 819-1187
Nick Torres nick.torres@lung.org
This grant supports the TPC Priority Areas: Decrease Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, and Maintain State and Local Infrastructure for Tobacco Control.

They will be working with TPC partnerships to increase the number of smoke free policies in multi-unit housing with public and private market housing. ALA will also support coalition development and increase capacity and communications for TPC partnerships.

Purdue University College of Pharmacy (ReThink Tobacco Indiana)
Fifth Third Bank Faculty Office Building, 3rd Floor
640 Eskenazi Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Kayla Hsu kmhsu@iu.edu

This grant supports the TPC Priority Area: Decrease Adult Smoking Rates, with an emphasis on behavioral health professionals and consumers.

ReThink Tobacco Indiana provides technical assistance and training for community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. The educational components promote recommendations set forth in the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence through (a) integration of evidence-based treatment approaches into mental health, addiction treatment, and substance abuse treatment programs, and (b) implementation and enforcement of tobacco-free campus policies. This project includes customized technical assistance and training related to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW)

Indiana Rural Health Association
2901 Ohio Blvd., Suite 240
Terre Haute, IN 47803
(812) 478-3919, ext. 222
Tina Elliott telliott@indianarha.org
This grant supports the TPC Priority Area: Decrease Adult Smoking Rates, with an emphasis on the rural communities in Indiana.

Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) provides outreach to a prioritized list by county of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other healthcare facilities to: enroll health care providers in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline Preferred Provider Network if they have not already enrolled; follow up with those who have enrolled to see if any other assistance is necessary; increase the number of fax referrals to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline; provide resources to rural health care providers on tobacco treatment; enroll RHCs and CAHs and other healthcare facilities in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline Preferred Employer Network; and promote the Indiana Tobacco Quitline to rural communities throughout Indiana.

IRHA provides the outreach to the unfunded counties in the state of Indiana for cessation systems change. IRHA?s contract responsibilities include enrolling healthcare providers and employers in rural areas in the TPC Preferred Networks and providing tobacco use treatment resources to the RHCs, CAHs, and other healthcare facilities. IRHA is an established organization with existing working relationships with the RHCs and CAHs, which provides an ideal situation to share resources on cessation systems change.

Vincennes University-Indiana Teen Institute
5190 North High School Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46254
(317) 299-7831
Mark R. Kaser mrkaser@aol.com
Indiana Teen Institute works with teams of young advocates from throughout the state to expand and enhance the Voice movement. Supporting the concept of Youth Development, ITI facilitates the development of youth leaders who experience meaningful engagement in the state's tobacco control program.

Health Ed Pros
5868 E 71st Street, #E-317
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260
(317) 443-6582
Brian K Lucas, BrianL@HealthEdPros.org
This grant works to support TPC Priority Area: Protect and maintain state and local infrastructure necessary to lower tobacco use rates, with a focus on Head Start centers throughout Indiana.

This grant works to support TPC Priority Area:Protect and maintain state and local infrastructure necessary to lower tobacco use rates, with a focus on Head Start centers throughout Indiana. Health Ed Pros is the statewide partner responsible for Community Indicator 16: Tobacco Free Families – Extent of organizations serving priority populations that have received training on the Breathe: Healthy Steps to Living Tobacco Free education program.


Breathe includes education on the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke, ways to minimize exposure, the financial burden of tobacco,and resources available to quit smoking for staff and parents/caregivers in Head Starts and other similar organizations throughout Indiana. Head Start is the largest early childhood and family education program in the nation, offering comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families with an emphasis on parental involvement. During the current grant cycle, Health Ed Pros will 1) Provide training and technical assistance to the local TPC funded partners on Breathe 2) Provide training and technical assistance for Head Start (or similar) agencies covering counties NOT funded with a local community-based or minority-based grant 3) Assist in the development and continual improvement of Breathe tools 4) Serve as a liaison between TPC and Head Start and other state-level organization serving low income families.


Health Systems Change Partnerships

These partnerships will help build capacity of Indiana health systems to impact tobacco use, specifically supporting 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:

Community Health Network (CHN)
8075 North Shadeland Avenue Suite #350
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Annette McDaniel  Amcdaniel@ecommunity.com  

Indiana Hospital Association (IHA)
500 N. Meridian, Suite 250
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Rachel Kimmel  rkimmel@IHAconnect.org

Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (SWB)
415 Mulberry St.
Evansville, IN 47713
Amanda Newcomb    newcomba@southwestern.org

These grants support the TPC Priority Area: Decrease Adult Smoking Rates.


Priority Populations Partnerships

These partnerships will help advance the work of the Indiana Tobacco Control Strategic Plan with special emphasis being given to efforts aimed at decreasing tobacco use through health systems change for tobacco treatment and reaching populations with a high rate of tobacco use.

Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (INAAP)
PO Box 44376
Indianapolis, IN 46244
Christopher Weintraut  cw@inaap.org

INAAP will focus on building capacity within pediatric offices to impact tobacco use, specifically supporting integration of tobacco dependence treatment and reduction of secondhand smoke exposure.  The implementation of the "Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure" (CEASE) program will support pediatric offices throughout Indiana.  Services will include, but are not limited to:  capacity building, training, technical assistance, data collection and evaluation.

Indy Pride, Inc.
3733 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-541-8726, ext. 116
Chris Handberg  chandberg@indypride.org

Indy Pride will focus on building capacity for tobacco prevention and cessation messaging and outreach through their network and events.