Developing a dissemination model to improve intervention reach among West Virginia youth smokers
Tompkins, Nancy O’Hara
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The not-on-tobacco program is an evidence-based teen smoking cessation program adopted by the American Lung Association (ALA). Although widely disseminated nationally via ALA Master Trainers, in recent years, adoption and implementation of the N-O-T program inWest Virginia (WV) has slowed.WV, unfortunately, has one of the highest smoking rates in the US. Although it is a goal of public health science, dissemination of evidence based interventions is woefully understudied.The present manuscript reviews a theoretical model of dissemination of the not-on-tobacco program in WV. Based on social marketing, diffusion of innovations, and social cognitive theories, the nine-phase model incorporates elements of infrastructure development, accountability, training, delivery, incentives, and communication.The model components as well as preliminary lessons learned from initial implementation are discussed.