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About the Collaborative

In 2007, tobacco control programs in 13 states and their healthcare partners formed the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change. We created a community of practice and learning to support changes in healthcare to address tobacco use address tobacco use. An important impetus for forming the Collaborative was the recognition, laid out in CDC’s 2006 report A Practical Guide to Working with Health-Care Systems on Tobacco-Use Treatment, that public health agencies by themselves have insufficient funding and capacity to deliver tobacco-use treatment services.

The Collaborative is focused is on supporting policy and sustainable systems changes in healthcare as powerful strategies to implement the PHS Guideline recommendations. As underscored in the Practical Guide, our collective experience also demonstrates the necessary and invaluable role of partnerships with leading health care organizations in each state, as well as with Medicaid and other insurers, to effect real change to treat tobacco use and dependence.

The Collaborative provides shared learning opportunities that allow members to go beyond expert recommendations to grapple with practical "how to" questions of forming effective partnerships among public health programs, healthcare delivery systems, and insurers to promote change.

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Member-Only Forums

  1. Ask and Answer – ask other Collaborative members
  2. Networking – find out who is working on similar projects
  3. Policy