Training Institute







As the training arm of the Center for Tobacco Cessation (the Center), the Training Institute employs a team of Tobacco Treatment Training Specialists to provide education, training and technical assistance to local, county, and statewide partners in an effort to reduce the tobacco burden across Arizona, particularly among those disproportionately impacted by tobacco use and nicotine dependence.

The Training Institute provides in-person and online trainings to local health departments, healthcare provider organizations, insurers, acute hospitals, community-based health clinics, medical practices, and worksites.

Services provided by the Training Institute include: 

  • Educational presentations on the Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine) services, including telephone counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and web and text messaging quit smoking support
  • Training on the development of policies to systematically screen patients for tobacco use and refer to ASHLine via a HIPAA-compliant fax or other electronic referral form
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to referring organizations to assess their training needs and develop processes to share with referring organizations ASHLine data on the number of individuals who are referred, utilize services, and make a quit attempt
  • Delivery of trainings on evidence-based tobacco treatment resources to support Arizonans’ ability to make a quit attempt on their own, with the support of their health care provider, with friends and family members, or with the help of an ASHLine coach
  • Development of culturally relevant education and training resources to meet the needs of rural and high priority populations and trusted members of community who provide care and support to high priority populations (doctors, nurses, community health workers, and others)
  • Delivery of customized trainings to support the needs of public and private partners who contract with the Center to provide tobacco cessation services to their members, employees, and their dependents

For more information on Training Institute resources contact:

Mark Boldt
Director Tobacco Cessation Training Institute

Jazmin Villavicencio
Tobacco Cessation Training Specialist

Krista Walker
Tobacco Cessation Training Specialist