In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) helped the IQI identify representatives from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) who were in the best position to obtain maximal benefit from a training for starting and enhancing quitlines. The Inaugural Quitline Development & Improvement Training was designed specifically for these individuals, and was held in Seattle, WA from October 10-14, 2011.
Twenty-six people (22 trainees and 4 faculty panelists) from both government and non-governmental organizations in 13 countries attended the training. Participants’ countries, which collectively represented all six WHO regions, were: Argentina, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jordan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Zambia. Additional international faculty came from Australia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The training adapted content from the WHO training manual (Developing and improving national toll-free tobacco quit line services) to provide trainees with tools for starting and improving quitlines, as well as prioritizing integration of smoking cessation programs into national health systems and tobacco control activities mandated by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Recordings from the training are available here.
On-site participant surveys and oral feedback from the 2011 training demonstrated extremely high satisfaction, and attendees found the content and materials relevant and helpful to start or improve quitlines in their countries or regions. The vast majority (86%) of attendees who completed an evaluation (22 out of 26, or an 85% response rate) gave the training experience the highest possible rating, with the remainder giving the IQI the second-highest score. All participants said that they would recommend the IQI to a colleague.
2011 Training Faculty and Panelists:
Luke Atkin, BS, MPH – Quit Victoria – Australia
Erik Augustson, PhD – National Cancer Institute – United States
Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf, BDS, MSc, MPH, PhD – University of Pretoria – South Africa
Linda Bailey, JD – North American Quitline Consortium – United States
Sarah Bartelmann, MPH – Oregon Health Authority – United States
Dongbo Fu, MD, MPH, PhD– World Health Organization – Switzerland
Hans Gilljam, MD, PhD – Swedish Tobacco Quit Line- Sweden
Tom Glynn, PhD – American Cancer Society – United States
Abigail Halperin, MD, MPH – University of Washington – United States
Min Kyung Lim, PhD – Korean Quit Line –South Korea
Tim McAfee, MD, MPH – Centers For Disease Control – United States
Nancy Rigotti, MD – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School – United States
Terry Reid, MSW – Washington State Department of Health – United States
Yussuf Saloojee, PhD – National Council Against Smoking – South Africa
Kawaldip Sehmi, BSc, MBA – QUIT.ORG – United Kingdom
Etta Short, MPH – Alere Health – United States
Ken Wassum, BA – Alere Health – United States
Jintana Yunibhand, PhD, RN, RM – Thailand Quit Line Center – Thailand