OKLAHOMA CITY (June 30, 2015) - Two TSET grants to the Oklahoma Hospital Association are working to improve the health of Oklahomans by working in hospitals and clinics to create a culture of wellness through lasting changes that will reduce tobacco use by employees, patients and family members, emphasis healthy food choices and increase physical activity.
The Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative began in 2009 and seeks to create a culture of tobacco cessation so that all patients and employees are given the opportunity to receive an evidence-based cessation intervention. The grant also encourages hospital leadership to support a tobacco free culture.
The WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative launched in 2013, in partnership with Prevention Partners in North Carolina, works to improve health by helping hospital leadership promote health in their policies, environment and benefits that support employees in improving their health and being health leaders in their communities.
Together these grants are working with health care providers to educate about cessation services and promote changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Through the Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative, which began in 2009, 55 hospitals have already implemented or are in various phases of implementing a tobacco-free culture using multiple evidence-based strategies to treat tobacco use/nicotine addiction for employees and patients.
- With support from the grant program, Chickasaw Nation was the first tribal health system with electronic referral to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTH) – the first ever in Oklahoma. It also includes two major health systems, each with multiple hospital and clinics sites statewide, one of which has implemented electronic referrals in all hospitals and clinics. Over 500 electronic “e-referrals” have been made by health providers to the OTH from November 2014 - April 2015.
- Fax referrals to the OTH have increased more than 150 percent, up to about 2,100 referrals, since work through the Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative began. Of those referrals, 39 percent of those people enrolled in cessation counseling.
- Over 75 clinics have implemented the best practice protocol 5 A’s (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) to help identify patients ready to quit.
- Through the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative, 39 hospitals have implemented worksite wellness improvements and 5 more are in the process of implementing, since it began in July 2013. Fourteen of these have reached the top “excellence” rating in at least one category of wellness.