The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

LEADING BY EXAMPLE-LEADING MICHIGAN HOSPITALS SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS INITIATIVE

Laura Van Heest1, Linda A. Thomas2, Thomas Peterson3, Karen Brown4, Paige Hathaway5; 1Respiratory Therapy, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Rapids, MI; 2Tobacco Consultation Service, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 3Healthier Communities, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI; 4Tobacco Section, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI; 5Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Lansing, MI

BACKGROUND: The Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA) 2007 decision to challenge Michigan hospitals to implement a Smoke-Free Campus’ (SFC) by January 1, 2008 teamed them with the Michigan Smoke-free Hospitals Grant (MSHG) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). A 2006 survey found 84% of Michigan hospitals supported the SFC goal. METHOD: MHA created a website “Honor Roll” to promote those hospitals who participated. MSHG funded by MDCH and developed in 2000, provided training and an implementation CD toolkit. The CD provided timelines, signage examples, suggested task force members, and other tools to assist with SFC implementation. RESULTS: The overall goal of the initiative is to make Michigan healthier. It is through the hospital’s leadership and example that they should begin in their “own back yards” by providing smoke-free environments for employees, medical staff, patients, and visitors. This policy encourages current smokers to quit, assistance to those trying to quit, and reduces exposure to secondhand-smoke for others. The campaign included two parallel tracks: An internal track with the MHA membership. This track included: training, tools, Michigan specific list-serve, the “Smoke-Free implementation CD,” guides, webinars and workshops. An external track provided information to the public, legislature and initiative opinion leaders. CONCLUSION: Currently 90% of MHA members are SFC. An additional 6% are now working toward implementation of MHA Smoke-Free Campus initiative. A small percentage of hospitals have moved to a Tobacco- Free Workday. These hospitals do not allow employees to use tobacco at anytime during the workday. Employees must be free of tobacco smell on clothing and breath. Sponsored Research - None

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