In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness month, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently hosted the fourth Community Outreach and Engagement initiative to reduce cancer disparities. This event, which was attended by community representatives and collaborators of Hackensack University Medical Center, provided attendees the opportunity to learn about the new Community Smoking Cessation Treatment Center (CSCTC) initiative, which is scheduled to launch in February 2019 at ten locations in New Jersey including the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center.
“We are excited to accept not only one, but two State of New Jersey Department of Health grants for the Treatment Center,” said Ana-Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., director, Latino Cancer Disparities Center, associate director, Cancer Prevention and Control, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. “These Quit Centers aim to treat at least 400 underserved, uninsured smokers per year in the northern New Jersey counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson.”
The smoking cessation program will operate in partnership with community-based organizations, which will refer smokers to receive treatment at the centers. Treatment, both counseling sessions and pharmacotherapy, will be delivered through in-person meetings, telemedicine and even through text-message. Chinwe Ogedegbe, M.D., section chief, Research, Emergency and Trauma Center, Hackensack University Medical Center and co-director of the Smoking Cessation Treatment Center will oversee the management of pharmacotherapy and implement an electronic referral system within various Hackensack Meridian Health clinical departments including surgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular and the emergency department.
“Congratulations to Dr. Cupertino and the entire team for bringing this idea to fruition and creating a comprehensive program to serve our communities and ultimately reduce disparities in lung cancer,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president, Hackensack University Medical Center, executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “These much-needed centers will ultimately help to decrease tobacco use among individuals from underserved groups by offering culturally and linguistically competent smoking cessation treatments to eliminate barriers to smoking cessation.”
For more information on the community Smoking Cessation treatment Center, please call 551-996-4242.