Case Example

Smoking Cessation Case Example

Example IconA case example of a collaboration for a smoking cessation program illustrates how collaborative organizational readiness and valuing the other sector facilitated successful collaboration.

The goal for this collaboration was to establish an effective smoking cessation program. The setting is in an urban/rural community with a population of 100,000, in a primary care office with an interdisciplinary team. The region had one of the highest smoking rates in the province and had a lack of programming aimed at tobacco reduction/smoking cessation in the area.

In evaluating the elements for success of this collaboration, 5 key factors were identified which supported an organizational collaborative culture. These key factors are as follows:

  • A clear mandate and congruent focus were shared by both sectors,
  • Clear roles at the organizational level were established early and ongoing,
  • Strong relationships were developed between front line nurses,
  • Resources, knowledge, lunch space, and orientation sessions were shared,
  • Informal evaluations were conducted.

Related: Clear Mandates, Vision, and Goals for Collaboration
Related: Role Clarity
Related: Trusting and Inclusive Relationships
Related: Optimal Use of Resources
Related: Evaluation/Research 

Additionally, a number of health agencies/organizations had formed a tobacco network/coalition demonstrating readiness in the community for more tobacco reduction action and collaboration.

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