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ENCORE: Let’s Help People Quit: Tobacco is the Problem, Not the Solution with Guest Andrée Aubrey, LCSW, CTTS, Director, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), FSU College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science and Social Medicine

Smoking is the number one cause of death in people with mental illness and tobacco use contributes to more deaths than the primary behavioral health condition. Helping people quit tobacco is the risk-factor intervention that will have the greatest impact on the health and wellness of individuals with behavioral health conditions.

In this Podcast we will discuss some of the barriers that prevent behavioral health organizations from fully embracing tobacco cessation treatment and the importance of incorporating cessation interventions along with other behavioral health services. Ms. Aubrey will share evidence-based strategies that encourage individuals to make a tobacco quit attempt and increase the likelihood of success with quitting. She will describe her experiences working with behavioral health organizations and Peer Recovery Specialists to expand access to tobacco cessation treatment.

Andrée Aubrey is a LCSW who began working in 1999 to improve access to treatment for tobacco dependency by training rural physicians on the US PHS clinical practice guidelines. While Director of Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC) she co-authored (with Mary Dailey) a six week group cessation intervention, Quit Smoking NOW, which is being used in FL.

Currently, Ms. Aubrey is a faculty member and Director of the AHEC Program at the FSU College of Medicine where she is responsible for a Dept. of Health tobacco program grant with a focus on addressing tobacco treatment in behavioral health. She guest lectures in various College of Medicine courses to include tobacco education in the medical school curriculum and trains clinical faculty in evidence-based interventions for tobacco, including Motivational Interviewing.   Ms. Aubrey collaborated with the FSU College of Social Work to create an elective course, offered annually, which prepares students as Tobacco Treatment Specialists.

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