Tobacco Control Mini-grants Fund Chapter, Residency Programs

January 21, 2015 01:19 pm News Staff
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The Minnesota AFP Foundation, one of 10 AAFP tobacco control mini-grant recipients, plans to use that funding to support its "Skate Vape Free Minnesota" campaign, which aims to create awareness among youth, parents and hockey coaches about the increased use and dangers of e‐cigarettes.

In keeping with last year's announcement that the AAFP would expand its tobacco and nicotine prevention and control efforts, the Academy has announced its 2014-2015 tobacco control mini-grant recipients. The 10 customizable grants of $4,000 each will fund innovative tobacco-control efforts at the state and local levels.

The mini-grants are part of the AAFP's reimagining of its national Tar Wars tobacco-free education program, which concentrated on preventing tobacco use among fourth- and fifth-graders. The Academy's refocused tobacco- and nicotine-prevention program is reallocating resources to reach all ages with components such as new office-based tools, community programs, and advocacy at the national and community levels.

The grants were made possible with support from the AAFP Foundation.

Mini-grants Breakdown

All AAFP chapters and family medicine residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the United States were eligible to apply for this year's tobacco mini-grants. Grants went to recipients who implemented action plans with measurable goals in one of three key focus areas:

  • office-based tools,
  • community engagement and
  • advocacy.

Here's a look at this first round of mini-grant winners and their goals.

Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians

The Connecticut AFP plans to expand its Tar Wars campaign from three counties to statewide by identifying and working with stakeholders and community partners with common interests, such as state and local public health organizations, family medicine residency programs, medical schools, hospitals, elementary schools and political leaders.

Escambia Community Clinics Inc.

Escambia Community Clinics Inc. in Pensacola, Fla., plans to identify strategies to reduce the number of new tobacco users and increase tobacco cessation rates in two underserved counties -- Escambia and Santa Rosa. The project also will engage more family medicine residents in the LiveWell community collaborative by providing culturally compatible resources to patients who use tobacco and increasing access to tobacco cessation therapy through advocacy and education.

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

The Illinois AFP identified tobacco cessation as a strategic education area of interest for 2015. The organization plans to collaborate with the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop a quality improvement program on implementing the Brief Tobacco Intervention tool( and using the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The project also plans to promote additional resources for physician practices to use with their vulnerable patient populations, including a webinar.

Inspira Family Medicine Center Woodbury

Inspira Family Medicine Center Woodbury in Woodbury, N.J., intends to use its family medicine residents, social workers and behavioral health staff to conduct group visits and motivational interviews to help patients control their tobacco use. Adjunct services, such as text messaging, email alerts and patient education materials, will encourage patients as they go through the quitting process.

Iowa Academy of Family Physicians

The Iowa AFP is seeking to increase the number of Tar Wars presentations throughout the state. Surveys and evaluations will help track the effect on communities. The group plans to collaborate with Iowa's school nurses, school counselors, medical students and fraternity/sorority houses to reach as many students as possible with the tobacco-free message.

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians

The Kansas AFP plans to work with 10 clinics to make system changes that incorporate evidence-based interventions for patients who use tobacco and measure the effectiveness of those interventions. The chapter also will work with two coalitions to develop a medical advisory council that will include Kansas AFP members and identify and share best practices, promote awareness of coalition activities and coordinate community interventions. In addition, the group plans to educate chapter members on contacting legislators about various tobacco control strategies, such as raising tobacco excise taxes, applying taxes to all tobacco products and protecting the current Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act.(

Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

The Minnesota AFP Foundation will focus on its "Skate Vape Free Minnesota"( program, which is a community engagement project aimed at creating awareness among youth, parents and hockey coaches about the increased use and dangers of e‐cigarettes. Medical students and high-school hockey players will be recruited to assist with the project, which will, among other things, implement a social media campaign using the hash tag #SkateVapeFree.

New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians

The New Jersey AFP plans to use a three-pronged approach to provide tobacco education/cessation resources in communities where tobacco use is significantly higher than the state average. Family medicine residents will present the Tar Wars program in medically underserved school districts; the chapter will collaborate with local health departments to provide bilingual patient education to be distributed in local clinics, drug stores, retailers and physician offices; and a statewide Tar Wars poster contest will be established, culminating with a trip to the state capital to meet with New Jersey legislators.

New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians

The New Mexico AFP plans to create an E-Tar Wars curriculum aimed at educating students about electronic cigarettes and new tobacco products. The group also will develop and implement a "Breathe Tradition, Not Addiction" campaign intended to educate sixth- to 12th-grade students about the differences between tobacco use in Native American traditions/ceremonies and recreational tobacco use.

Shasta Community Health Center Family Medicine Residency Program

The Redding, Calif.-based Shasta Community Health Center Family Medicine Residency Program intends to train its residents to present Tar Wars sessions to elementary school students locally and statewide. The residency program also plans to develop curriculum on tobacco and nicotine education for ninth-grade students in collaboration with local high-school faculty and family medicine residents working on the project as part of their community health rotation. Stakeholders will create classroom materials, media presentations and test instruments to use during presentations to high-school students.

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