NH DHHS Recognizes Families First in Portsmouth with Innovation Award for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) will recognize Families First Health and Support Center (FF) in

Portsmouth on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 for its efforts implementing an

electronic feedback system with QuitWorks-NH. (QuitWorks-NH is a free

service DHHS offers to help providers connect patients to cessation

services in New Hampshire). The aim of the project was to increase FF’s

capacity to intervene with patients who use tobacco, through modifications

to their electronic health records. The result was a unique, paperless

communication loop between Families First clinicians and QuitWorks-NH.

Since piloting the project, FF has seen an increase in the identification

of patients that use tobacco and an increase in referrals to QuitWorks-NH.

This project is the first of its kind in the State and one of the first

being achieved in the Nation.

DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

3:30 PM

EVENT: Families First Receives Innovation Award

LOCATION: Families First Health and Support Center

100 Campus Drive

Portsmouth, NH