Health Care Providers & Staff

The Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement (COE for HSI) for a Tobacco-Free New York project works with 10 Regional Contractors across New York State to ensure that every tobacco user is screened, offered, and receives timely, evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment, if desired.

The 10 Regional Contractors work to implement changes within health care systems, with an emphasis on those systems serving populations for which tobacco use rates have not declined in recent years, specifically individuals with low incomes, less than a high school education, and/or serious mental illness. If you would like more information, please click each regional profile below to locate the Health Systems representative in your region.

  • StMarys Ctr for Hlth Programs Promotion 2CThe Center for Health Programs and Promotion (A member of St. Peter’s Health Partners) program covers an eight-county region including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware Counties. The goal of our work is to train and assist healthcare institutions in implementing broad-reaching and sustainable interventions to help their patients quit using tobacco. Ultimately our mission is to help people stop smoking and prevent others from starting by using evidence-based resources and programs to create a healthier New York.

    Addressing and treating tobacco dependence prevents premature death from many chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke and pulmonary diseases, and lowers the risk of certain cancers. To combat these diseases the Center for Health Programs and Promotion Systems program provides educational and supportive programs and services to health care professionals and members of the community.

    Contact The Center for Health Programs and Promotion:
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  • STJ Hospital Logo NEW COLORSThe Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of eight New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control grant-funded programs working to reduce tobacco use and dependence. The Center covers Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins County. The program staff is committed to promoting the Clinical Practice Guidelines developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Considered “best practice,” the Clinical Practice guidelines consist of evidence based methods and treatments that help tobacco users quit.

    The Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital works with health care organizations and clinicians to:
    • Implement systems to screen patients for tobacco use.
    • Assist clinicians in treating patients who struggle with tobacco addiction.
    Program Goals:
    • Reduce tobacco use among adults with low incomes, low educational attainment, and/or serious mental illness.
    • Focus on system- and policy-level improvements to implement systems to screen patients for tobacco use and provide tobacco dependence education, counseling, and treatment.
    • Provide evidence-based referral systems to ensure that tobacco users have access to effective tobacco cessation treatments.

    Download the Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital brochure and flyer.

    Contact The Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital:
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  • STJ Hospital Logo NEW COLORSThe Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of eight New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control grant-funded programs working to reduce tobacco use and dependence. The Center covers Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins County. The program staff is committed to promoting the Clinical Practice Guidelines developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Considered “best practice,” the Clinical Practice guidelines consist of evidence based methods and treatments that help tobacco users quit.

    The Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital works with health care organizations and clinicians to:
    • Implement systems to screen patients for tobacco use.
    • Assist clinicians in treating patients who struggle with tobacco addiction.
    Program Goals:
    • Reduce tobacco use among adults with low incomes, low educational attainment, and/or serious mental illness.
    • Focus on system- and policy-level improvements to implement systems to screen patients for tobacco use and provide tobacco dependence education, counseling, and treatment.
    • Provide evidence-based referral systems to ensure that tobacco users have access to effective tobacco cessation treatments.

    Download the Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital brochure and flyer.

    Contact The Regional Center for Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Hospital:
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  • CTF Logo 02The Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes (CTF), funded by the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control, serves 9 counties in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, including: Monroe, Seneca, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston, Schuyler, Steuben, Chemung and Yates counties. Partners include all local state funded tobacco control initiatives, the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and county Departments of Health in participating counties.

    CTF uses evidence-based resources and programs to assist health care and mental health care systems in the design and implementation of sustainable implementation of policy-driven and guideline-based procedures to identify and effectively treat tobacco dependence, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines.

    Our mission is to improve the health of the residents in our target counties by training systems to train and support their professionals and providers to screen and intervene with tobacco users at every patient / client encounter.

    Contact The Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes:
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  • CFTFHVlogo4cThe Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley is a grant program of the American Lung Association of the Northeast and a new program of the NYS Department of    Health Bureau of Tobacco Control, Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NYS. Our primary mission is to build on the progress made by the NYS Tobacco Cessation Centers over the past 9 years. We serve 7 Hudson Valley counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester

    What We Do:

    • Support community health centers and mental health facilities with professional guidance and technical assistance to ensure consistent Tobacco Dependence Treatment to positively affect the smoking rates within disparate populations
    • Promote Systems Change in clinical settings in regard to identifying and assisting patients to quit smoking
    • Assist healthcare provider organizations to adopt a policy or protocol for system-wide tobacco dependence treatment
    • Work with healthcare provider medical organizations to implement NYS Smokers’ Quitline Refer-to-Quit or Opt-to-Quit program
    • Assist partner organizations that utilize Electronic Medical Record systems (EMR) with the Tobacco Screen implementation for automatic referrals to cessation support within the organization, and/or to the NYS Smokers’ Quitline

    Studies show that when medical providers systematize their Tobacco Dependence Treatment following the Public Health Service Guidelines, successful quit rates double, especially for those of high risk populations.

    Download the Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley one-pager.Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley one-pager.

    Contact the Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley:
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  • CTC 2010 logo 2c soloThe Center for Tobacco Control (CTC) engages Long Island health care systems to improve the delivery of guideline-concordant care for tobacco dependence through systems and policy change at the organizational level. The CTC particularly focuses on health care organizations that serve individuals with low income, low educational attainment, and serious mental illness. The CTC works with higher level administrative decision-makers to ensure that providers in the health systems they manage deliver appropriate tobacco dependence treatment to all patients.

    The CTC provides technical and educational assistance to organizations as they develop and implement systems change. Although not limited to these organizations, the CTC targets community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, as well as behavioural health service organizations.

    Contact The Center for Tobacco Control:
    Patricia Folan at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • NYCTT Final 091514NYC Treats Tobacco is led by NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, under the direction of Dr. Donna Shelley. NYC Treats Tobacco's mission is to support health care organizations, particularly those serving patient populations with socio-economic and psychosocial difficulties, to implement policies and system changes that will ensure that all patients are routinely screened for tobacco use and all tobacco users are offered evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependence.

    NYC Treats Tobacco provides tailored technical assistance and coaching to implement quality improve-ment strategies including working with your team to:
    • Update your current institutional tobacco use treatment (TUT) policy to align with the Public Health Services and NYSDOH evidence-based guidelines
    • Map the full spectrum of TUT quality indicators in your electronic health record to fulfill federal quality reporting requirements
    • Generate performance feedback reports
    • Ensure you are meeting TUT related meaningful use measures
    • Optimize billing to obtain Medicaid reimbursement for TUT
    • Implement a seamless system to refer smokers to the New York State (NYS) NYS Smokers’ Quitline
    • Provide access to webinars and panel discussions that can assist in health system change

    Download the NYC Treats Tobacco complete one-pager.


    Contact NYC Treats Tobacco:
    If your health care organization is located within the Metro North region (Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx) please contact:
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  • NYCTT Final 091514NYC Treats Tobacco is led by NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, under the direction of Dr. Donna Shelley. NYC Treats Tobacco's mission is to support health care organizations, particularly those serving patient populations with socio-economic and psychosocial difficulties, to implement policies and system changes that will ensure that all patients are routinely screened for tobacco use and all tobacco users are offered evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependence.

    NYC Treats Tobacco provides tailored technical assistance and coaching to implement quality improve-ment strategies including working with your team to:
    • Update your current institutional tobacco use treatment (TUT) policy to align with the Public Health Services and NYSDOH evidence-based guidelines
    • Map the full spectrum of TUT quality indicators in your electronic health record to fulfill federal quality reporting requirements
    • Generate performance feedback reports
    • Ensure you are meeting TUT related meaningful use measures
    • Optimize billing to obtain Medicaid reimbursement for TUT
    • Implement a seamless system to refer smokers to the New York State (NYS) NYS Smokers’ Quitline
    • Provide access to webinars and panel discussions that can assist in health system change

    Download the NYC Treats Tobacco complete one-pager.


    Contact NYC Treats Tobacco:
    If your health care organization is located within the Metro South region (Brooklyn or Staten Island) please contact:
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  • gfh hpc horizontal cmykThe Living Tobacco-Free “fix it” Initiative provides resources and consultation to physical health care providers and mental health care providers to improve the delivery of comprehensive, evidence-based interventions for tobacco use and dependency. The Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital, in partnership with the North Country Healthy Heart Network, works collaboratively with health care systems to develop and support the consistent and effective identification and treatment of tobacco users. Special consideration is given to, but not limited to, those that serve disparate populations with low-income, low-educational attainment and/or behavioral health care needs. Glens Falls Hospital is one of eight Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York contractors funded through a grant from the NYS Department of Health.

    Download the Living Tobacco-Free “fix it” Initiative brochure.

    Contact The Living Tobacco-Free “fix it” Initiative
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  • logo2 finalThe Health Systems Change Center of Western New York (HSCC-WNY) is one of eight centers across the state funded by the NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program.

    Our mission is to support health care organizations, particularly those serving low income and mentally ill patient populations, to implement policies and system changes that will ensure that all patients are routinely screened for tobacco use and all tobacco users are offered evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependence. The Center promotes systems change among organizations located in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

    HSCC-WNY provides tailored technical assistance and coaching to implement quality improvement strategies including working with your team to:
    • Update your current institutional tobacco assessment treatment policy to align with the Public Health Services and evidence-based guidelines
    • Map the tobacco treatment policy quality indicators in your electronic health record to fulfill federal quality reporting requirements
    • Provide performance feedback
    • Ensure you are meeting tobacco treatment policy related quality improvement measures
    • Implement a system to refer smokers to an evidence based cessation referral system (i.e., NYS Smokers’ Quitline)
    • Provide access to webinars and educational opportunities that can assist in health system change

     Download the Health Systems Change Center of Western New York one-pager.

    Contact Health Systems Change Center of Western New York:
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This website was developed with funding provided by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control to CAI. Its contents are solely the responsibility of CAI and do not necessarily represent the official views of the New York State Department of Health.