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California Smokers' Helpline Launches Free Web-Based Referral Service 

The California Smokers’ Helpline—http://www.nobutts.org—just made it easier for health professionals to refer their patients who smoke to the Helpline for free, evidence-based, tobacco cessation services in multiple languages.

Health professionals can now register online for the Helpline’s new free, web-based referral service. Once approved, it’s easy and convenient to refer patients who want to quit smoking with the Helpline’s online referral service – just select the provider name from the drop-down menu, enter the patient’s name, date of birth, phone number and preferred language, obtain patient consent, and click save! For more information, read the Helpline's Web Referral Service flyer

MIQS Project Offers Free Nicotine Patches Mailed to Medi-Cal Members Who Smoke 

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. For more information on the MIQS Project and to download materials in six languages, click here.

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NDEP's Diabetes HealthSense

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