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Who We Are

In 2007, tobacco control programs and collaborating health care partners in 13 states formed the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change. We created a community of practice and learning, dedicated to working strategically at the state level to support clinicians and the health care systems in which they work to consistently and effectively 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’s focus, therefore, is on supporting policy and sustainable systems changes as more 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.

The goal of the member states of the Collaborative is to provide a structure and forum that allows states to go beyond expert recommendations and grapple with practical questions related to the “how to” of forming effective partnerships with health systems 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