Quitlines: Reducing Disparities and the Impact of Tobacco on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Asian Populations


60 Minutes

Webinar Speakers

Cherrie Ng

Project Manager, Asian Smokers’ Quitline, University of California, San Diego

Cherrie Ng is the Project Manager of the CDC-funded, national Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ). She is responsible for increasing awareness of, and publicizing information about, ASQ’s valuable multilingual counseling services. She also cultivates new partnerships with healthcare providers and community partners in the U.S., and shares information about ASQ services that may be of interest to these groups. In 2005, Cherrie joined the California Smokers’ Helpline as a Smoking Cessation Counselor, counseling clients in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She has 10+ years of experience managing partner relations across non-profit organizations, health care professional groups, community based organizations, and corporations. She has specialized experience training partner organizations that serve pregnant women and smokers with young children.

Gary J. Tedeschi, PhD

Clinical Director, California Smokers’ Helpline, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Tedeschi is a licensed psychologist (#PSY 14241) at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center. He has worked there since 1994 as the Clinical Director of the California Smokers' Helpline and the Center for Tobacco Cessation. At the Helpline he is responsible for clinical supervision, counseling protocol development, counselor training, and continuing education. At the Center he provides technical assistance and training for medical and behavioral health professionals on tobacco cessation interventions. Dr. Tedeschi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College; and a B.A. in psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Robert A. Vargas-Belcher, MSW, MPH

Director, Clinical Development and Support, Optum Healthcare

Robert Vargas-Belcher has 15+ years in the field of commercial tobacco treatment. Currently he is the Director of Clinical Development and Support for the Optum Quit for Life’s program that provide treatment support for 26 states Quitlines. He provides daily clinical support to staff and supports the development of new tailored programing in priority populations. Robert obtained his Masters in Social Work from University of Washington and his Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University.

Webinar Objectives

In recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month, SCLC is offering this important webinar. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to:


  • Explain the development of Optum’s American Indian/Alaska Native Commercial Tobacco Cessation Program

  • Describe the current utilization of Optum’s American Indian/Alaska Native Commercial Tobacco Cessation Program

  • Describe Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) services, identify ASQ clientele and use ASQ resources to refer smokers

  • Explain intervention strategies for ASQ clients

Instructions for CME/CEU Credit

CME/CE credit is available for the recorded version of this webinar. Scroll down and click on the "Get Credit" button to register.

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ACCME Accreditation

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the webinar activity.

Advance Practice Registered Nurses and Registered Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

California Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA category 1 CreditTM. If you are a pharmacist in another state, you should check with your state board for approval of this credit.

California Behavioral Science Professionals: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for behavioral health providers. UCSF maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # 64239.


This UCSF CME activity was planned and developed to uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

The following speakers, moderators and planning committee members have disclosed they have no financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any commercial companies who have provided products or services relating to their presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity:

Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Jennifer Lucero, MA, MS, Jennifer Matekuare, Cherrie Ng, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Jessica Safier, MA, Catherine Saucedo, Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Gary J. Tedeschi, PhD and Robert A. Vargas-Belcher, MSW, MPH

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