For a limited time through December 2015, the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project is offering additional incentives to eligible Medi-Cal members age 18 and older who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco. These incentives include free nicotine patches and a $20 gift card bonus for members who call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS and enroll in Helpline counseling. The nicotine patches and the gift card are mailed directly to the member's home. Read more about the MIQS nicotine patch and gift card incentives in the Helpline's press release.
Medi-Cal members smoke at higher rates than the general population and are at high risk for developing smoking-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Research has shown that smokers who use cessation counseling and a quitting aid such as nicotine replacement patches are more likely to quit for good. It may take several tries for smokers to quit. Every time they try, they get closer to their goal of quitting smoking.
For more information on the MIQS Project and to download materials in six languages, click here.
To order free MIQS posters and postcards for your organization, email Cynthia.Vela@cdph.ca.gov.
Helping patients make and sustain lifestyle changes when they have diabetes or other chronic diseases is a challenge. Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it that’s the biggest challenge.
Diabetes HealthSense, an online library of resources compiled by the National Diabetes Education Program, can help you find resources to help your patients make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes.
This resource has information to help your patients with diabetes, as well as patients who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes now and in the future.
Resources included in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by leading independent experts on psychosocial issues with specific expertise on how to make and sustain lifestyle changes.
Use this link to find more: Diabetes Self-Management Education Resources