Visiting Lectureships Program

Visiting Lectureships Program


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B. Richmond Visiting Lectureships Program provides multiple awards of up to $3,000 each to fund two-day educational programs focusing on the field of tobacco control and children's health. The lectureships are designed to promote secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure control and to integrate secondhand smoke prevention activities in pediatric education in State AAP Chapters and educational institutions in the US and internationally. Visiting Lectureships are funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, unless noted otherwise. Read more about the Visiting Lectureships Program.

​Future application cycle information will be posted as it becomes available.


2017 Awardees

The 2017 Visiting Lectureships are made possible through support from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute and Truth Initiative.

Grantee: Lochrane Grant, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital

The goal of this program was to educate and motivate pediatricians, residents, medical students and other primary care providers on their role and responsibilities to protect children from secondhand smoke through counseling, smoking cessation, nicotine replacement therapy, and advocacy.

Grantee: John Harrington, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Dr. Rachel Boykan
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

The goal of this program is to assist pediatric, family, and internal medicine physicians in improving their ability to help adolescents, young adults, parents and other family members quit smoking and vaping through proven motivational interviewing techniques and the latest information concerning the dangers and health consequences of use and exposure to combustible and non-combustible tobacco products.

Grantee: Meredith Kennedy, MPH / Nancy Graff, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Susan Walley, MD, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3/University of California - San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics in San Diego

The goal of this program is to develop and implement a comprehensive program to ensure that patients being seen at all UCSD Pediatric Residency training sites (inpatient and outpatient) are screened for smoke exposure and that caregivers who smoke are appropriately treated and referred to assist them in smoking cessation efforts. This program also will incorporate secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure education and develop policies and protocols to ensure that all patients presenting to UCSD facilities are appropriately screened for smoke exposure.

Grantee: Kristen Navarette, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
Albany Medical Center Pediatric Department

The goal of this program was to increase awareness of the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke on pediatric populations and patients among faculty, residents and students at Albany Medical Center Pediatric Department and SUNY Albany School of Public Health. This programs also sought to build a foundation for collaborative partnerships and work towards the creation of a sustainable education program for residents and students and a formal smoking cessation program for patients and families who receive care at both institutions.

Grantee: Anna Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jyothi Marbin, MD, CTTS, FAAP
Pediatric Department - Guam Regional Medical City

The goal of this program was to enhance pediatricians’ and pediatric nurses’ awareness of the serious health effects of tobacco smoke for the children and adolescents they serve. This program also sought to equip pediatricians and pediatric nurses with the skills needed to screen for tobacco use, encourage smokers to quit and make referrals to appropriate local resources to aid in cessation.

2016 Awardees

Grantee: Heather McKnight, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Rachel Boykan, MD, FAAP
University of New Mexico Children's Hospital

The goal of this program was to implement a streamlined process to effectively and efficiently screen for secondhand smoke exposure among pediatric inpatients and implement an intervention program for those children identified as being exposed to second hand smoke. This program also incorporated secondhand smoke exposure education and outreach into mandatory resident training for the pediatric residents, and served as a foundation for a sustainable framework for the program moving forward.

2015 Awardees

Grantee: Yogangi Malhotra, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Judith Groner, MD, FAAP
Montefiore Medical Center, New Rochelle, NY

The goal of this program was to decrease fetal exposure to active maternal smoking and newborns' exposure to secondhand smoke by training clinicians and trainees to deliver evidence-based interventions to parents during pregnancy and after the birth of their baby. Additionally, the program educated participants about opportunities to collaborate with county-/community-based organizations to advocate for smoke-free home policies, improve follow up of cessation efforts, and reinforce referrals to the New York State Quitline.

Grantee: Jyothi Marbin, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA

This program hoped to catalyze the development and implementation of an inpatient secondhand smoke screening and intervention program at two hospitals. A major focus of the event was to train medical students, residents, and fellows on screening for secondhand smoke exposure in inpatients, motivational interviewing skills, and hospital based interventions for caregivers who smoke, as well as develop collaborative guidelines across institutions through engaging hospitalists, respiratory therapists and nurses from both programs in a joint discussion.

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Grantee: Eoana Sturges, MPH
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Vermont Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program, Burlington, VT

The goal of this Visiting Lectureship was to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among Vermont youth. This was accomplished by training pediatricians and other health care providers to educate parents and other child care providers about the impact of secondhand smoke on youth, to encourage smoke-free home and car policies, and to effectively conduct screening and brief interventions (including referrals to cessation resources) with parents/caregivers.

2014 Awardees

Grantee: Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, MS
Visiting Lecturer: J. Gary Wheeler, MD, FAAP
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Cincinnati,OH

The Visiting Lectureship provided a spring board for the launching and maintenance of the CCHMC Department of Pediatrics tobacco cessation program. The program was composed of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who are trained to help reduce tobacco smoke exposure and treat tobacco use and dependence. This event also facilitated successful incorporation of child tobacco control investigators and research initiatives into the program.

Grantee: Melissa Wervey Arnold, Executive Director
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
AAP Ohio Chapter, Columbus, OH

This program, hosted by the AAP Ohio Chapter, sought to reduce childhood exposure to SHS in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Specific objectives were to improve participants’ ability to deliver interventions for smoking cessation in clinical and social service settings in Southeast Ohio, and to increase awareness of clinical and social service providers of the activities of the Ohio Partnership for Smoke-Free Families.

Grantee: Lauren Thomas, MPH
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Cabarrus Health Alliance, Kannapolis, NC

This Visiting Lectureship provided an opportunity for collaboration between the AAP North Carolina Chapter and the Cabarrus Health Alliance, the public health authority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The meeting offered training sessions to pediatric residents, allied health students, community pediatricians, regional physicians, physicians assistants, practice managers, faculty and child advocates through partnerships with Levine Children’s Hospital and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Grantee: Kamakshya P Patra, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Shawn Ralston, MD, FAAP
West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV

The overall goal of this event was to educate pediatricians, residents-in-training, nursing staff, physician assistants and public health professionals about the negative impact of tobacco use and secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in children. The program also sought to integrate tobacco intervention discussions into a pediatric residency curriculum and training program for medical nursing and physician assistant students and increase the number of referrals made by healthcare providers to the state quitline.

2013 Awardees

Grantee: Jean M. Caster, Executive Director
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
AAP Indiana Chapter, Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana AAP Chapter hosted a meeting that focused on the effects of SHS on children, specifically on the epigenetics of this exposure, as well as on addressing broader child tobacco control in clinical settings. Collaborative partners and participants included residency programs, two Indiana Children’s Hospitals, the State Health Commissioner, the Marion County Health Commissioner and the Tobacco Free Indiana Coalition.

Grantee: Stanton Glantz, PhD
Visiting Lecturer: Carla Berg, PhD
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco

This event disseminated research related to interventions targeting the implementation of smoke-free home policies among low income households and disseminated research related to interventions targeting youth smoking prevention and cessation. This event also served to engage local researchers and practitioners in dialogue and collaboration related to research, dissemination, and translation of research findings into practice.

Grantee: Robert Yost, Education Coordinator, RRT-NPS
Visiting Lecturer: Shawn Ralston, MD, FAAP
Knox County Health Department, TN

During this Visiting Lectureship, focus was on how to integrate tobacco intervention discussions into pediatric curriculum and training for pediatric residents, new nursing graduates and other allied health professionals. Efforts also centered on increasing the number of referrals made by healthcare providers to the TN Quitline and educating local organizations and community groups about policy opportunities to reduce tobacco use and exposure.

Grantee: Bryan Mih, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

The overall goal of the program was to improve the clinical skills and ease of practice for pediatric residents and practicing physicians to assess for and assist with household tobacco smoke exposure. An additional goal was to integrate tobacco cessation curriculum into the pediatric residency program. The intent was to normalize the discussion of tobacco exposure as a core component of pediatric residency training, so that residents are comfortable in all aspects of assessment and management.

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2012 Awardees

Grantee: James R. Campbell, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

The goal of this conference, titled 'Smoking Cessation for Parents by Pediatricians', was to convince pediatricians to intervene proactively in tobacco cessation of parents who smoke-- including prescribing nicotine-replacement therapies. This event also included a review of the epidemiology of tobacco smoke exposure among children and a role play workshop to train community pediatricians in motivational interviewing.

Grantee: Robert Gunther, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

This event included presentations at the Chapter's annual CME conference, as well as lectures for pediatric residents at nearby organizations. The goals of the program were to educate the various groups in the state of Virginia on management of homes where children are exposed to smoking, smoking cessation for teens and families, understanding the health and educational effects of second and thirdhand smoke, and understanding how to advocate for tobacco control in the office and community.

Grantee: Robert Giusti, MD, FAAP and Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics at the New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

The goal of this program was to increase pediatric resident and faculty member knowledge about the prevalence of exposure to SHS and to teach them skills necessary to intervene at the point of service to reduce SHS exposure among their patients and families. Counseling techniques and role playing were utilized during this event, and the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program was drawn upon to help put these principles into every day clinical practice.

Grantee: Gwendolyn Kerby, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
The Breathing Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

Goals of this program were to review epidemiology of secondhand smoke exposure in children; present a practice-based intervention for pediatric providers to assist caregivers to minimize secondhand smoke exposure in children; discuss treatment of adolescent smokers; and encourage advocacy regarding tobacco exposure in Colorado and globally.

Grantee: Fernando Urrego, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Harold Farber, MD, MSPH, FAAP, FCCP
Ochsner Children's Health Center, New Orleans, LA>

The goal of this program was to mobilize the community's pediatricians, interested school staff, state health officials, medical students and residents to implement the Academy's recommendations for smoking prevention and treatment. This was accomplished through a series of lectures designed to provide the most up-to-date education and tools that can be used by healthcare providers in practice, including a special lecture planned for obstetricians.

2011 Awardees

The 2011 Visiting Lectureships are made possible through support from the US Department of Health and Human Services Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Grantee: Roy Hart, MPH
Visiting Lecturer: Shawn Ralston, MD, FAAP
Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control, Jackson, MS

This event provided opportunities to address tobacco use with patients, families, and caregivers in the clinical setting through the Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Pediatricians project. This visit also helped to increase incorporation of the US Public Health Service Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence into everyday practice, and to increase the number of referrals to the state quitline.

Grantee: Michele Blake, MA
Visiting Lecturer: Thomas Peterson, MD, FAAP
Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control Program, Yuba City, CA

This event helped to incorporate tobacco control as part of patient education during clinical encounters and incorporated the Ask, Advise, Refer strategy. Advocacy efforts around tobacco-free policies at medical care facilities (such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, private pediatricians' offices, and area health departments) were also addressed.

Grantee: Teal Warthen, DO
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of California San Francisco- Fresno Pediatric Residency Program: Department of Pediatrics, Madera, CA

During this event, current principles of tobacco smoke exposure and associated health consequences, as well as potential cost-effective, culturally-appropriate interventions were discussed. Opportunities for pediatric providers to engage in pediatric tobacco control research and advocacy were also explored.

Grantee: Harvey Hamrick, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

This event focused on effective means for the integration of tobacco use prevention and treatment into clinical practice to meet new quality improvement measures. The role pediatricians play in tobacco prevention, particularly with adolescents and their families, was also discussed.

Grantee: Diane Kirby, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: J. Gary Wheeler, MD, FAAP
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, Baton Rouge, LA

The importance of being an advocate for youth smoking prevention and cessation, and how to become effective in doing so was a major focal point of this event. Promotion of smoke-free environments and cost in dollars and life as a result of tobacco use was also discussed.

Grantee: Stephen Gillaspy, PhD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

This event's focus was on policy initiatives for second and thirdhand smoke, including in tribal communities. Pediatric tobacco control research collaborations and how to further tobacco control advocacy through the practice, community, and the state AAP Chapter were also covered.

2010 Awardees

The 2010 Visiting Lectureships are made possible through support from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Grantee: Robert Annett, PhD
Visiting Lecturer: J. Gary Wheeler, MD, FAAP
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

This meeting provided an extensive educational program for pediatric faculty, residents, and other professionals to provide in-depth knowledge about control of secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco marketing to youth. This event further provided an opportunity to expand the scope of awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure through the UNM Tele-Health program to pediatric health clinicians in the state.

Grantee: Rachel Boykan, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, MS
Pediatric Residency Training Program SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

This award built on a county-wide meeting through a 2008 Visiting Lectureship that focused on the CEASE program, created by Dr. Jonathan Winickoff. SUNY Stony Brook pediatric faculty and trainees utilized this second visit to provide follow-through support for ideas to translate into action. At this visit, members of all pediatric departments, the Department of Preventive Medicine, and School of Public Health were in attendance to learn about and integrate already existing initiatives into their practice.

Grantee: Carolyn Dresler, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Arkansas Department of Public Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP), Little Rock, AR

The TPCP, in partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital and the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, provided pediatric trainees as well as academic and community health pediatricians with an opportunity to learn about children and tobacco smoke exposure. This event aimed to improve the clinical skills of pediatricians in Arkansas and to enhance their ability to deliver tobacco control interventions in their respective communities.

Grantee: Kevin Nelson, MD, PhD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
Primary Children's Medical Center: Pediatricians Against Secondhand Smoke (PASS), Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Wilson on Local TV to Discuss Health Impacts of Tobacco Use

The PASS program held a symposium to increase awareness and unify tobacco advocacy and policy efforts. The goals of the PASS symposium were to: 1) increase awareness of tobacco disparities and policy shortcomings; 2) facilitate ongoing discourse between community, public health, and medical anti-tobacco stake holders, and; 3) generate strategic, unified approaches for advocacy efforts influencing tobacco policy in key areas.

Grantee: Gheorghe Railean, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Mother and Child Health Research Institute, Chisinau, Moldova

This project was aimed at implementing a comprehensive, national initiative in the Republic of Moldova to train physicians in effective methods to reduce children exposure to secondhand smoke through parental smoking cessation. Training activities focused on increasing clinician awareness of the impact of tobacco smoke exposure on children, and on promoting and reinforcing the development of tobacco control curricula at academic institutions.

Grantee: Joshua Smith, MD, MBA, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Shawn Ralston, MD, FAAP
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

The Medical College of Georgia's "Building Collaborations Among Academic and Community Pediatricians to Promote Tobacco-Free Environments for Children" program received this award to foster tobacco control collaborations. This Visiting Lectureship was especially helpful for academic pediatric faculty, residents, trainees, and students; as well as local health departments and community pediatricians.

2009 Awardees

Grantee: Mary Anne McCaffree, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma has a high rate of tobacco use in pregnant women (21%) with an overall use of 28%. Cessation counseling is low, as noted by a survey of medical students, who requested training in cessation counseling. This visiting lectureship meeting, which took place in April, trained students in effective counseling of patients who are interested in quitting by using a competency-based model.

Grantee: Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Children's Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA

This visiting lectureship provided pediatricians, residents, and child advocates in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties with an opportunity to interact with a pediatric tobacco expert and learn how to effectively integrate tobacco and secondhand smoke interventions, as well as advocacy into pediatric clinical settings.

Grantee: Rosalia M Buzon, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Pasay City, Philippines

The meeting, the first international visiting lectureship funded by the Richmond Center, took place in February. Training activities focused on increasing clinicians' awareness of the impact of tobacco smoke exposure on children, and on promoting and reinforcing the development of tobacco control curricula in schools and pediatric training programs. The program also promoted communication about smoke exposure prevention between clinicians, health organizations, governmental organizations, and civic organizations.

Grantee: Susan Walley, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Birmingham News article about the Visiting Lectureship

This meeting focused on training child health care professionals in effective counseling in tobacco control and provided strategies for clinicians to promote tobacco-use control and tobacco smoke exposure reduction based on best practices. The meeting aimed to strengthen the collaboration among the Alabama AAP Chapter, Jefferson County Department of Public Health, Children's Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama pediatric residency program in tobacco prevention programs.

2008 Awardees

Grantee: Nicole Cameron, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Health Pediatric Residency Program, Orlando, FL

This meeting, which took place in June, provided instruction to community physicians, residents, medical students, and attending physicians on how to address health concerns related to secondhand smoke exposure with patient caretakers and on how to follow up with the caretaker's cessation progress. Information about available community cessation resources and programs was also provided.

Grantee: J. Gary Wheeler, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR

This visiting lectureship, which took place in September, aimed to help revive the focus on children in tobacco control in Arkansas in order to reduce secondhand tobacco smoke exposure of children and prevent youth tobacco use onset. Meeting activities included emphasis on improving education about tobacco control and advocacy and increasing the awareness of the impact of brief interventions in pediatric settings.

Grantee: Trisha Jenkinson Dane, MPH, CHES
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Indiana State Department of Health Asthma Program, Indianapolis, IN

This visiting lectureship, which took place in May, aimed to raise awareness of secondhand smoke as a threat to children's health, to help build clinicians' skills in addressing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among patients, and to advance collaboration between policymakers, coalitions addressing smoke-free air, and health care providers regarding smoke-free policies.

Grantee: Russell J. Schiff, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP
Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

This meeting, which took place in November, aimed to help pediatric residents and community clinicians gain confidence and knowledge in addressing secondhand smoke exposure and smoking cessation in clinical settings. The program provided an education session along with clinician training. School, community, and government officials were involved, and media coverage was used to spread the word about this topic.

2007 Awardees

Grantee: Kristen Andersen, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Dana Best, MD, MPH
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

The aims of this visiting lectureship meeting, which took place in January 2008, were to increase awareness of children's tobacco exposure, develop a curriculum for medical students and residents on tobacco prevention, and improve clinicians' skills in tobacco control and cessation. A plan to integrate tobacco counseling and intervention into the curriculum for medical students and pediatric residents in nearby medical schools was also addressed.

When pediatric residents doubled the rate of addressing tobacco after the meeting, Dr. Anderson was inspired to collaborate with Dr. Best and the Richmond Center to create a CD-ROM "Tobacco Control Curriculum and Advocacy for Pediatric Residency Programs" which was mailed to pediatric residency Program Directors nationwide in October, 2008.

Grantee: Corrie Stofcho, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Dana Best, MD, MPH
Naval Medical Center San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, San Diego, CA

This meeting, which took place in September 2008, aimed to educate residents and staff about the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and the most effective techniques for counseling parents in clinical settings regarding smoking cessation and secondhand smoke harm reduction. AAP Uniformed Services Chapter West, AAP District 3 California, and three local teaching institutions were involved in the training as well as a number of community pediatricians.

Grantee: Cheryl Courtlandt, MD, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Levine Children's Hospital Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

This visiting lectureship, which took place in September 2008, aimed to provide education and training to pediatric resident and community clinicians to improve their confidence and knowledge about approaching secondhand smoke exposure and smoking cessation. The program also provided information and the consistent message concerning smoking cessation and secondhand smoke exposure to other agencies in the city that serve children.

Grantee: Ryan H. Pasternak, MD, MPH, FAAP
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Samet, MD, MS
Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA

This meeting took place in April, 2008. Attendees learned how to describe public health impacts of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in children and adolescents through large group lectures and workshop discussion. Workshops were conducted to boost provider self-efficacy in delivery of tobacco control messages and to increase cessation planning for smoking mothers, caretakers, adolescents, and children.

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