UF health professions students learn how to 'team up to quit'

The annual ATTAC-IT Afternoon of Learning will take place Thursday, Sept. 4, in the UF Health Science Center. This large-scale interprofessional training program is sponsored and coordinated by the UF Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program with support from Tobacco Free Florida.

This year the program focuses on Tobacco Free Florida’s new TEAM UP TO QUIT initiative, which emphasizes the importance of collaboration in preventing and treating tobacco dependence. Dr. Amy Blue, the associate vice president for interprofessional education in the UF Health Office of the Senior VP for Health Affairs, will provide the opening remarks for the program.

During the Afternoon of Learning, more than 750 students from the UF colleges of dentistry, medicine (including future MDs and PAs), nursing, pharmacy, public health and health professions, and health and human performance will come together to hear presentations by experts on current evidence-based strategies for treating tobacco use and dependence; motivational interviewing techniques; and alternative forms of tobacco, such as hookah and e-cigarettes.

Following the large-group presentations, students will move to small-group sessions where they will complete tobacco educational activities in interdisciplinary teams. The students will also be introduced to a middle-school tobacco education curriculum that they will use when they go out in teams to provide tobacco prevention presentations to thousands of middle-school students in October in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week.

WHAT: ATTAC-IT Tobacco Afternoon of Learning
WHEN: Sept. 4, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: UF Health Science Center (Stetson Auditorium)