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PREVENTION PARTNERS
June 27, 2011

NC Prevention Partners is an excellent resource for North Carolina hospitals, businesses, schools, government agencies, Chambers of Commerce, health insurers and health Foundations. I've had the unique opportunity to work with NCPP first as a hospital executive, next as a Foundation Board member, and finally as a Foundation executive and YMCA Board member. The expertise and guidance NCPP provided our five hospital Health System in going tobacco free six years ago was invaluable. Many in our system were skeptical (including some senior leaders) and the evidence-based policies and practices NCPP shared helped our implementation go smoothly. The coaching NCPP provided allowed us to understand the science of tobacco addiction and encouraged us to approach our smoking/tobacco using employees and visitors in a supportive way and offer a variety of cessation options. In a county where tobacco was king for many years (tobacco factories, farmers, warehousing etc), this implementation went far smoother than any of us imagined, thanks to NCPP! Our health system is now utilizing NCPP best practices to improve the level of comprehensive tobacco-cessation offered to our patients. I also worked closely with NCPP to move our Health System to a healthy food environment. Once again, we could not have done it without the NCPP standards for nutritious and delicious eating environments (not always easy in the south with a culture of less healthy food). The NCPP annual meeting several years ago was an eye-opener for me as a health Foundation Board member (learning about more tobacco and other addictions as a chronic illness was very powerful from a Mayo clinic speaker). Shortly thereafter, i became a CEO of a regional health Foundation and we've utlized NCPP as a resource with our recent tobacco free parks initiative in Greensboro. They provided moral support, expertise, science, encouragement and links to others who had been down the same road. Last year, we sponsored their WorkHealthy America initiative training in Greensboro, utlized the assessment tool at our health system and i saw the benefits to our local YMCAs which utilized the training. Our five hospitals now all have workout facilities and a new exercise room has opened which offers free classes for employees. I'm delighted to see NCPP expanding to assist South Carolina hospitals with workplace wellness programs and New York hospitals to guide their tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The NCPP staff is passionate, knowledgeable and they walk the talk by providing healthy environments with built in exercise time for their own staff. I can't say enough about NCPP and the great work they do to help employers build healthier environments.
susan shumaker, president, Cone Health Foundation

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