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Delivering Tobacco Cessation Through Community Health Workers

Curriculum and Training Considerations

Lautner, Shelby, MS; Garney, Whitney, PhD, MPH; Nimmons, Katherine, MSc, MPH; Macareno, Blanca, MPH; Harvey, Idethia Shevon, DrPH; Garcia, Kristen, MPH

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000227
Original Articles

Texas faces unique barriers in health status and risk behaviors such as smoking. To address tobacco use, community health workers (CHWs) are a resource for disseminating education among a population. To promote smoking cessation in Texas, there is a need for the development of a smoking cessation training program for CHWs. The National Community Health Worker Training Center used an approach with CHWs to develop a curriculum. From the curriculum development and with feedback from CHWs, 4 training courses were produced: online and in person, and in English and Spanish. The curriculum meets a need that disseminates smoking cessation strategies through peer-led, culturally relevant messages.

Texas A&M University, College Station (Mss Lautner, and Garcia and Drs Garney and Harvey); and Texas A&M University, School of Public Health, College Station (Mss Macareno and Nimmons).

Correspondence: Shelby Lautner, MS, Texas A&M University, 155 Ireland St, Ste 314D, College Station, TX 77843 (

This study was funded by Texas Department of State Health Services.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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