National Minority Health Month

Date of Publication April 6, 2018

April is National Minority Health Month and you can help observe it by promoting Quitline Iowa with your minority patients who smoke.

National Minority Health Month highlights the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and to help advance health equity. Although cigarette smoking and tobacco use have declined over the past few decades, disparities in tobacco use and related health conditions remain across groups defined by race and ethnicity.

28.4 percent of African Americans (non-Hispanic) Iowans are current smokers, compared to only 16.4 percent of white (non-Hispanic) Iowans and 11.0 percent of Hispanic Iowans. 24.4 percent of Iowans who marked their race as “other” (non-Hispanic) are also current smokers (this could include American Indians and Alaska Natives as well as Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders).

As a healthcare provider, you have a unique role in educating your patients about tobacco’s impact on health and to refer them to tobacco cessation services offered here in Iowa. Ask all of your patients about their tobacco use. Encourage your patients who use tobacco to call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) to access qualified tobacco cessation coaches and other necessary support for successful tobacco cessation. Quitline Iowa is a toll free number available to anyone who has Medicaid fee for service, Medicare, commercial insurance, or is uninsured. Quitline Iowa is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

There are also two training sessions available for healthcare providers: a Quitline Iowa 101 training and a CME certified training program on the Ask, Advise and Refer (AAR) tobacco-cessation intervention protocol. The AAR protocol training also includes a review of approved pharmacotherapy that may help tobacco use cessation.

To learn more about Quitline Iowa, click here. To access the Quitline Iowa 101 and AAR tobacco-cessation intervention protocol training, click here. If you have any questions, contact Megan Aucutt, Community Health Consultant, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division at the Iowa Department of Public Health, (515) 281-6225.

References

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). (2017).
Health in Iowa BRFSS Annual Report from the Iowa 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey.
Des Moines: Iowa Dept. of Public Health, 2017. Retrieved December 2017 from http://www.idph.iowa.gov/brfss. 

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