Paid Sponsorship by the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Four in 10 Ohio children are exposed to tobacco smoke in their homes, putting them at greater risks for lifelong negative health impacts.
- Children are at a particularly high risk for health problems related to secondhand smoke (SHS)
- Babies are hurt by SHS before and after birth – smoke exposure is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome
- Older children whose parents smoke get ear infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia more often than children who are not exposed to SHS
- SHS can trigger an asthma attack in a child – more than 40% of children who go to the emergency room for asthma live with smokers
- Vaping in adolescents has increased significantly – a topic that will be covered as part of the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics’ (Ohio AAP) Virtual Annual Meeting Friday-Saturday, November 20-21 (registration open now).
The good news is that physicians and other healthcare providers can play a valuable role in helping families to reduce these risks! Through programs with screening, focused discussions, and providing resources, practices have shown a 47% reduction in in-home smoke exposure for infants.
The Ohio AAP is now accepting practices for a project that will focus on improving the health of young children and parents. The Smoke Free Families project is an initiative that has shown distinct improvements in reducing smoke exposure for infants, and has been very successful in both family medicine and pediatric practice settings.
This project utilizes a scanned data collection tool and participation is open to all physicians who regularly see patients birth to one year of age at well child visits. The family-centered nature of this project empowers physicians and other healthcare providers to discuss reducing smoke exposure with parents at pediatric visits—providers who see both children and their parents are uniquely poised for success in this effort.
Below are details on how you can become involved and earn benefits for your patients and practice—including educational credits through the American Board of Family Medicine.
- Easy data collection tool that requires NO CHART REVIEWS
- Up to $1,000 in resources for your practice:
– Postage-paid patient re-engagement postcards FREE with registration
– Sleep sacks following practice kick-off meetings
- Tobacco Quit Line referral and technology assistance throughout the project
- Printed materials on smoking and vaping cessation to use now and into the future
- Flexible start dates and training options – begin by December 2020 and receive training virtually with no travel required
- Personalized quality improvement coaching and Ohio AAP resources
- Performance Improvement credit, through the organizational pathway, awarded with program completion by June 2021
Learn more or sign up on the Ohio AAP website.
Questions? Please contact Hayley Southworth.