St. Vincent and Purdue team up to target tobacco use

INDIANA - Tobacco use causes more deaths than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. It is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States, yet it kills more than 11,000 Hoosiers every year. To fight these devastating statistics, St. Vincent and Purdue College of Pharmacy have launched a training program to increase tobacco screenings in healthcare settings.
Using the Rx for Change: Ask-Advise-Refer curriculum, St. Vincent will provide training, at no charge, for any healthcare professional in Indiana. The goal of these two-hour training sessions will be to provide trainees with an understanding of the impact of tobacco use on one’s health, give these professionals the training to advise patients for tobacco cessation, inform them on the proper use of FDA-approved medications for tobacco user and explain how to refer to an evidence-based resource. Trainees can take advantage of CEs, networking opportunities with industry peers, and the latest information regarding tobacco cessation and treatment.
The training will take place on the following date:
WHEN: April 25, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  St. Vincent Salem Hospital, 911 N. Shelby St., Salem, Indiana (Education Room)
For more information contact James Passereni, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, at  or 812-883-35881, ext. 1184. You may also contact Rhonda Mills, Washington County Tobacco Prevention, at 812-883-3318 or by email at A light lunch will be provided.
About Rx for Change
The Rx for Change curriculum has been endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General as an evidence-based training to effectively assist patients with tobacco cessation. The program draws heavily from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. The training sessions will provide education about how to screen for tobacco use in patients and how to refer users to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is a free resource for tobacco users to be connected with healthcare professionals and programs.
About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics serving central and southern Indiana and employs more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $323 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018. Serving Indiana for 145 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S, Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Visit

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