Our Work With Health Systems
When you go to the doctor, your vital signs – height, weight, blood pressure– are routinely checked. ClearWay MinnesotaSM is working with health care systems to make sure checking about tobacco use becomes as routine as checking for high blood pressure. Identifying tobacco users and offering treatment has the potential to reach and help large numbers of people. This work reflects ClearWay Minnesota’s focus on sustainable strategies to address tobacco use across the state.
These case studies show how health systems funded by ClearWay Minnesota have integrated tobacco dependence treatment into their routine care systems.
ClearWay Minnesota has five systems change grants. The purpose of these two-year grants are to advance health systems change to ensure that addressing tobacco use is fully integrated into the health care experience for patients. Three grants were awarded in Fiscal Year 2014 to Hennepin Health Foundation, CentraCare Health Foundation and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Two grants were awarded in Fiscal Year 2015 to Essentia Health and Apple Tree Dental.
We are also working to increase health systems’ capacity to assess and address tobacco use. ClearWay Minnesota is partnering with the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) to work on our capacity-building initiative, providing resources and tools to help health systems routinely intervene with their patients who use tobacco. This work is focused on health systems in Minnesota that deliver primary care services and serve populations with higher smoking prevalence. The project began on January 1, 2016.
Call it Quits
ClearWay Minnesota is an active member of the Call it Quits Collaborative, a partnership with seven other Minnesota tobacco quitlines (administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica, Metropolitan Health Plan, PreferredOne and UCare). This partnership developed out of a need to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the same basic level of services for tobacco cessation. In 2007, the collaborative launched the Call It Quits Referral Program, enabling health care providers to use a single form and fax number to refer patients who use tobacco to quitline support. This allows providers to conduct brief interventions with their patients and easily connect them to appropriate tobacco quitline services. More information about the Call it Quits Referral Program can be found here.
Demonstrating Return on Investment for Tobacco Cessation
Tobacco treatment is one of the most cost-effective preventive services, providing substantial return on investment in the short and long term. Investments in smoking cessation lead to improved health outcomes, resulting in lower health care costs and more affordable health insurance premiums. Download ClearWay Minnesota’s Return on Investment Fact Sheet here.