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Upcoming registration deadline for annual Tobacco Treatment Specialist training

July 22, 2016

Every year, ANTHC hosts an in-person Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training on the ANMC Campus. The training started in the fall of 2006 when ANMC decided to go tobacco free as a campus.  Since the inception of the training, more than 350 health care professionals from across Alaska and the United States have become trained as Tobacco Treatment Specialists.

Registration for the annual training is now open, with early bird savings available until Aug. 15. Interested participants are encouraged to sign-up early. Registration will remain open until Sept. 2 or until the class is full.

Each year, the training brings in a variety of different providers including doctors, nurses, community health aides and practitioners, and behavioral health aides. Throughout the week, participants learn about a broad range of topics including motivational interviewing, treating tobacco among people with substance abuse and mental health conditions, and pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation. Once the training is complete, participants will have the skill set to go back to their clinics and home communities to offer direct treatment for tobacco cessation to patients and community members.

Participants that go through the course must pass a post-training test and complete a predetermined number of service hours providing direct tobacco treatment to become certified tobacco treatment specialists. The course is accredited through the Association for Treating Tobacco Use Dependence and is approved for continuing nursing education units through ANMC.

This year, the training will be held Sept. 26-30 at the ANTHC Consortium Office Building. For more information and/or to register, please visit the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program’s webpage at:

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