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 support 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 100 webinars covering the latest topics on tobacco addiction and recovery


Current Webinars

Pharmacists Prescribing for Tobacco Cessation Medications


Karen S. Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh, CTTS

Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy

Karen S. Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh, CTTS, is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. She’s a licensed pharmacist and a cancer prevention researcher with 30 years of tobacco research experience and has personally provided tobacco cessation training to more than 30,000 health professionals.

Karen was one of the original authors of the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation training program, which is used globally to train students and licensed clinicians to apply evidence-based approaches for helping patients quit. Currently, Karen’s research is funded by the NIH and the Indiana State Department of Health. She testified in favor of legislation to advance Indiana pharmacists’ role in prescribing cessation medications, was instrumental in drafting the statewide protocol, and is leading statewide training efforts.

Rebecca Brookes

Upstream Social Marketing

Over the past 40 years, Rebecca has worked nationally and internationally in many areas of public health marketing and behavior change, including the Tobacco Control Programs for New York State and Vermont, the Ford Foundation, the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Planned Parenthood International Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (where she was national Director of Social Marketing), and trained national grantees for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to embed behavior change into programs.

She has been on the editorial board for Social Marketing Quarterly since 2013.

She currently holds a legislative appointment to the Vermont Substance Misuse Prevention Oversight and Advisory Council, which advises the Governor and legislature on policy for tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

Her profile as a social marketer in public health is the first inclusion of social marketing in the recently published third edition of 101+ Careers In Public Health published by Columbia University.

Rhonda Williams, MES

Director of the Tobacco Control Program, Vermont Department of Health

Rhonda Williams, MES, Director of the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program in addition to the state’s Alzheimer’s and Healthy Aging and Asthma Management Programs, has been working in the field of tobacco prevention and treatment for nearly fifteen years. Ms. Williams has her Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Environment and was first introduced to tobacco control policy working on Smoke free Chicago as Director of Programs and Policy for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. She has worked on various initiatives to advance prevention strategies, and tobacco treatment and smoke free interventions in public and rental housing, colleges, state-owned facilities, behavioral and substance use settings. Since 2011 Rhonda has been the Principal Investigator for the state’s Tobacco Control Program. Ms. Williams works on several health system initiatives including with the state Medicaid office on reducing barriers and increasing cessation to lower historically high smoking rates among Medicaid-insured, uninsured and populations targeted by the tobacco industry including Vermonters belonging to the LGBTQ, BIPOC, behavioral health, women, youth, and young adult communities. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the ABCD study in Vermont and on the study team PACE VT, both of which assess substance use impact on adolescents and young adults.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Describe the evolving role of pharmacists in prescribing medications for treating tobacco use and dependence.
  2. Explain Vermont's process for enacting pharmacy prescriptive authority for NRT
  3. Identify two health systems strategies to gain cross-departmental support for policy and program innovations
  4. Describe the importance of two communication strategies used in Vermont - internal and external

Upcoming Webinars

Tobacco Use Behavior among Race and Ethnic Populations


Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD

Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health

Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, M.D. is Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIM HD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees NI MHD's annual budget to advance the science of minority health and health disparities research. NIMHD conducts and supports research programs to advance knowledge and understanding of health disparities, identify mechanisms to improve minority health and reduce health disparities, and develop effective interventions to reduce health disparities in community and clinical settings.

NIMHD is the lead organization at NIH for planning, reviewing, coordinating, and evaluating minority health and health disparities research activities. NIMHD also promotes diversity in the biomedical workforce, supports research capacity at less-resourced institutions training underrepresented students and serving populations with health disparities, supports inclusive participation in all clinical research, and promotes information dissemination through regular electronic communications, public education outreach, and scientific presentations.





Webinar Objectives

  1. Describe all of the NIMHD research definitions of Health Disparities and Equity Research
  2. Identify two ways how tobacco use behavior varies by race and ethnicity
  3. Explain three tailored cessation approaches by race and ethnicity
  4. Identify all of the data on health disparities related to the COVID-19 and tobacco smoking