“Arkansas ranks fifth in the nation for the highest percentage of adults who smoke – an unwelcome distinction from a health perspective,” Charles O. Cranford, D.D.S., M.P.A., vice chancellor for regional programs at UAMS, says. “As a result, the state has the second-highest death rate from lung cancer and the fourth-highest rate for deaths directly attributed to smoking.”
Competition for American Legacy Foundation grants is stiff. Project Director Gaylene Mooney said, “Of the 187 applicants for grants, only 32 were funded, including our proposal. The process in highly competitive. Fifteen organizations received a one-year grant and 17 entities, like us, received three-year grants in the range of $75,000 to $200,000 per year.”
Cheryl Healton, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, praised UAMS for its commitment to reducing tobacco use.
The project in southwest Arkansas will expand effective, clinically-based smoking cessation services through expanded training; foster tobacco control programs that are comprehensive and culturally sensitive; and improve smokers’ quit rate by increasing the number of AHEC clinics with formal protocols for identifying smokers, assessing their readiness to quit, making appropriate referrals, improving long-term follow-up and tracking of of program participants.
American Legacy Grant Supports Anti-smoking Programs in Southwest Arkansas exportuser 2018-01-05T08:53:01+00:00