Healthcare professionals are the single most influential determinant of tobacco cessation success, and can contribute significantly to a decrease in tobacco use. Suwannee River AHEC provides continuing education credits and continuing medical education credits to healthcare professionals in-person through our Learning Center.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthcare providers treat tobacco dependence in their practices. An intervention lasting as little as three minutes can have a significant impact on individual treatment outcomes.
Continuing education is offered by Tobacco Treatment Specialists to healthcare providers and community partners on a variety of tobacco-related topics.
Presentations are based on the Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence and the CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs
Suwannee River AHEC offers tobacco education to vocational schools, community colleges, and universities with healthcare programs.
Suwannee River AHEC Tobacco Treatment Specialists give presentations to healthcare professions students on how to help their future patients quit tobacco. Students who participate in this program gain a better understanding of nicotine addiction, health effects of tobacco use, pharmacology of NRT and resources available to help tobacco users quit.
Trainings are offered on a variety of tobacco-related topics to ensure that students receive comprehensive education on how to help their patients quit tobacco.