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AHI NEWS

AHI’s CASA Program Launches New Website, Social Media Pages

AHI’s Clear the Air in the Southern Adirondacks (CASA) program has launched a new website and social media pages to promote its mission of building healthier communities through tobacco-free living.

The new website, https://ahihealth.org/casa/, features information on the program’s four key initiatives – retail environment/point-of-sale, tobacco-free outdoors, tobacco-free multi-unit housing, and smoke-free movies. In addition, the site spotlights Reality Check, a free youth-led, adult-supported CASA initiative involving those 13-18 years of age who lead positive change in their communities through the education of business leaders, legislators, and other community representatives and entities. The site also includes resources, news and updates, a list of upcoming events, and more.

Coinciding with the website launch, the program has also unveiled a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/casasww/, Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/casarc1/, and YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV_JG8FYF0drNz_ycOMlAEQ?. The program will use these pages as vehicles to help promote their mission and encourage community participation in its activities.

CASA is an advancing tobacco-free communities partnership grant funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control and serves Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties. The program’s goal is to reduce the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth and adults, establish a tobacco-free community norm through tobacco-free outdoor air and housing policies, and decrease tobacco imagery in youth-related movies and the tobacco industry’s presence on social media.

To learn more about CASA, email [email protected].

AHI’s CASA Program Endorses Nicotine Replacement Therapy Initiative

Adirondack Health Institute’s Clear the Air in the Southern Adirondacks (CASA) program has endorsed a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) initiative coordinated by the NYS Smokers’ Quitline. Up to three months of free nicotine gum have been made available through the Quitline, while supplies last, for those seeking help quitting smoking or vaping. Smokers and vapers can apply by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visiting https://www.nysmokefree.com/.

“We strongly encourage all those who hear about this offer to spread the word to family and friends who smoke or vape,” said Kelly Owens, Manager, Clear the Air in the Southern Adirondacks, Adirondack Health Institute. “Likewise, we ask health care organizations and other groups to tell the tobacco-using patients they serve about the offer and to pass the information on to their partners and affiliates. We know from our work in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties, that most tobacco users want to quit, so the more people who know about this offer, the more people that can be helped.”

Nicotine gum is one of seven FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy products to treat nicotine dependence and increases the chance for success in quitting. The Quitline also provides one-on-one coaching from specially trained Quit Coaches, which further supports the quitting process.

In addition to the free nicotine gum, the Clear the Air in the Southern Adirondacks team shares that the NYS Smokers’ Quitline has Quit Coaches available seven days per week beginning at 9:00 a.m. “The Quitline’s Quit Coaches work with all types of traditional tobacco and vape product users by developing personalized quit plans to navigate the behavioral and psychological aspects of nicotine dependence,” explained Owens. “Health care professionals can also connect to the Quitline’s Patient Referral Program by visiting https://nysmokefree.com/HealthcareProviders/ReferralPrograms as a supplement to visits and follow-ups with their nicotine-dependent patients.”

Clear the Air in the Southern Adirondacks (CASA) is a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations committed to creating tobacco-free communities for New Yorkers in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. The program aims to reduce the impact of tobacco by minimizing the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth, establishing a tobacco-free community norm through tobacco-free outdoor air and housing policies, reducing tobacco imagery in youth-related movies, and minimizing tobacco industry presence on social media.

St. Lawrence County ADK Wellness Connections Coordination Center Featured in Radio Interview

ADK Wellness Connections, a free centralized, coordinated online resource and referral network sponsored by Adirondack Health Institute, connects individuals to a wide range of resources to improve individuals’ health and well-being. The network, powered by the Unite Us platform, serves a number of Adirondack-region counties, including St. Lawrence, overseen by the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative (SLCHI).

Jerome James of the St. Lawrence County Adirondack Wellness Connections Coordination Center was recently featured in a radio interview on station 95.3, The Wolf, to discuss the resources the network offers, including those that can help families impacted by COVID-19.

According to James, the Coordination Center has access to providers and organizations that offer such services as emergency food, emergency housing, prepared meals, meal delivery, mental/behavioral health counseling, support groups, transportation, emergency/one-time financial assistance, and more.

Click below to listen to the radio interview.

After listening to the interview, if you would more information about what services are available, call one of the Coordination Center’s Intake Coordinators at 315.261.4760, then select option 2. They are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can also visit https://www.adkwellnessconnections.org and select “Find Resources” to learn more.

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