SCLC's webinar series is integral to the technical assistance provided by the SCLC. Nationally recognized smoking cessation experts offer the latest information related to smoking cessation (including effective interventions) for the general and the behavioral health populations.

The Goals of SCLC’s Webinar Series:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to raise awareness of the many benefits smoking cessation efforts and to increase understanding of effective smoking cessation strategies.
  • Implement or enhance existing tobacco cessation services using evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure that consumers and staff have access to smoking cessation services and supports to promote health and wellness.
  • Establish partnerships between behavioral health and nicotine cessation organizations to increase available tobacco cessation resources in communities. 

SCLC has over 65 webinars covering the latest topics on tobacco addiction and recovery.

Current Webinars

Quitlines and Behavioral Health: The Hidden Resource


Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS

President and CEO, North American Quitline Consortium

Linda Bailey, JD, MHS, is founder and CEO of the North American Quitline Consortium. The Consortium is a membership organization that aims to maximize the access, use and effectiveness of quitlines in the U.S. and Canada.

Linda has a notable career in public health as an attorney, educator, and epidemiologist and a strong professional interest in influencing the development of science-based policies that promote health. Her past positions have included director, Center for Tobacco Cessation at the American Cancer Society, associate director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health in Washington, D.C. (US DHHS), senior advisor on health promotion and disease prevention at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (US DHHS), study director at the Institute of Medicine, and epidemiologist at the Houston Health Department. She was also a faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Law. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Etta Short, MS

Director, Clinical Development and Support, Optum

Etta Short is a Public Health professional with over 25 years of experience managing behavior change and health promotion programs in clinical, government, non-profit and corporate settings. Etta joined Optum (Quit for Life Program) in 2005 to establish a Quit Coaching training program. She has been in her current role, Director of Clinical Development and Support since 2013. In this role, Etta provides oversight, expertise and leadership for the development of behavior change aspects of Quit for Life live and digital coaching programs.

Ms. Short published articles on cultural competency in the health care settings and co-authored three training manuals for the World Health Organization (WHO), including “Training for Quit line Tobacco Treatment Specialist: Telephone Counseling.” She provided consulting services for WHO delivering Tobacco Cessation Counselor training in China, UAE and Turkey.

Ms. Short earned a BA in English Literature from University of California at Los Angeles, an MS in Health Education from the University of Washington and she is a graduate of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

Robert Vargas, MSW, MPH

Director, Clinical Development and Treatment, Optum

Robert has been with Optum for 12 years supporting the growth of the Quit for Life© Program. As the current Director for Clinical Development and Treatment for the Quit for Life Program, he works on ensuring that current programs and protocols are founded in evidence and best practices. In addition, he is currently heading the development of tailored care programs to reach and serve underserved populations with disproportionate higher rates of tobacco use. He provides daily clinical support to coaches around the delivery of treatment. Robert has his Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Washington with a focus in populations with mental health and chronic health conditions, and a Masters in Public Health Degree with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from San Diego State University.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Identify key milestones in the development of promising practices for behavioral health by the quitline community

  2. Describe five components of a quitline tobacco cessation program tailored for callers who report a behavioral health condition.

  3. Describe the outcomes of a tobacco cessation behavioral health program pilot.

Upcoming Webinars

Healthy Baby, Healthy Mom: Smoking Cessation Interventions for all Stages of Motherhood


Jyothi Marbin, MD

Director, Pediatrics Leadership for the Underserved Residency Program, Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

Jyothi Nagraj Marbin is a pediatrician at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she works in the Primary Care and Asthma Clinics. She is the Director of the Pediatrics Leadership for the Underserved Residency Program at UCSF, and an Associate Residency Program Director for Pediatrics. She is also the Principal Investigator on the CEASE (Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure) California project, funded by First 5 California, through which she helps to teach pediatricians across the state of CA how to help parents quit smoking. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Tobacco Control at the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has given a number of talk on reducing SHSE in children, most recently as an AAP Visiting Lecturer at the Guam Regional Medical Center in Guam. Her research interests focus on the impact of tobacco on vulnerable populations, asthma, and using technology to help improve health of urban teens. She did her undergraduate work at Brown University, where she received a BA in Health & Society. She then spent five years working with City Year, an international youth service organization, eventually serving as the Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island. Following her work at City Year, Jyothi returned to Brown University where she received her MD. During medical school, she founded and directed the Rhode Island Family Advocacy Program, now known as the RI Medical Legal Partnership, which brings lawyers and doctors together to help address policy issues impacting the health of urban children. Jyothi completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco in the PLUS program.

Liz Marshall, MPH

MPH, Manager, SCRIPT Program, Society for Public Health Education

Richard A. Windsor, MS, PhD, MPH

Professor Emeritus and NIH SCRIPT Program Principal Investigator: 1982-2014, School of Public Health, George Washington U. Medical Center

Webinar Objectives

  1. Recognize that immediate postpartum period is a high risk time for smoking relapse for new mothers

  2. Describe how pediatricians can support parents in quitting smoking

  3. Define the core Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) Program Procedures, and the Dissemination Evidence-Base documenting Patient Acceptance, the Fidelity of Provider Delivery, and Behavioral and Clinical Impact.

  4. Describe how SCRIPT can be successfully integrated into routine clinical care.