Live Training and Webinars

The Physician Advocacy Network has developed a series of presentations to address new tobacco products. These free, one hour sessions can be brought to you workplace and school, or watched as webinars below. All presentations are evidence based and give you tools to address these topics with your patients. CME available.

To schedule a live training or learn more about training opportunities contact Grace Higgins at 612-362-3706 or  Presentations can be tailored to fit individual needs and are a great topic for your next ground rounds or staff meeting.  Presentations are great for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, community health workers, public health professionals, teachers, students and other members of the healthcare team.


On Demand Webinars

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Cloud Chasing and Blueberry Delight: The Changing World of Youth Tobacco Use

Speakers: Laura Oliver, MPP, Pete Dehnel, MD
While youth tobacco use was once dominated by conventional cigarette use, new tobacco products like e-cigarettes, hookahs and flavored products are on the rise. Join the Physician Advocacy Network and the Minnesota Department of Health for a this one-hour webinar to discuss the latest trends in in youth tobacco use, including data from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey and the recent Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of youth e-cigarette use. The webinar also provides recommendations for healthcare professionals to address these issues in their practice.


Help Your Patients Quit: Tobacco Cessation Changes and Resources in Minnesota

Speakers: Amanda Jansen, MPP, Senior Cessation Manager at Clearway Minnesota; Randi B. Lachter, MPH, Senior Cessation Manager at Clearway Minnesota; Brianna Longeway, MPH, Tobacco Treatment Coordinator at the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
This webinar provide an update on recent changes in tobacco cessation coverage and programs available in Minnesota to help your patients quit. 

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E-cigarette Patient Conversations

Speaker: Pete Dehnel, MD; Physician Advocacy Network Medical Director; Minneapolis, MN
How often do you discuss or ask your patients about e-cigarette use? Are your patients asking about e-cigarettes and cessation? This webinar explores the importance of having direct conversations about e-cigarettes and other types of tobacco products with every patient and how these conversations impact patient care. Gain recommendations and patient talking points for discussing e-cigarette safety and cessation. Recognize the impact liquid nicotine is having on adolescent nicotine poisonings and the pharmacological effects of liquid nicotine. Learn what current scientific research examining e-cigarettes and cessation reveals and how you can utilize patient conversations and electronic health records to capture data within your health system.


The Truth About Menthol Tobacco

Speakers: Alex Feng, 4th Year Medical Student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Annie Krapek, Physician Advocacy Network Assistant Program Coordinator
Menthol-flavored tobacco products are one of the tobacco industry's most important products, but most people have no idea how and why menthol became the industry's secret weapon for getting kids hooked and keeping tobacco the #1 cause of preventable cause of death and disease in Minnesota.  This free, hour long webinar will explore how menthol cigarettes make it easier for youth to begin smoking and perpetuate health inequities. We will also discuss policy options to protect youth in your community from the harms of menthol tobacco. 

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Up in Smoke: E-cigarettes

Speaker: Stuart Hanson, MD; Pulmonologist; Minneapolis, MN
This webinar explores the history of e-cigarettes,e-cigarette marketing tactics,and the impact on public health. Understand the e-cigarette scientific landscape along with e-cigarette usage rates among Minnesota teens and adults. 


Up in Smoke: Hookah & Other Tobacco Products

Speaker: Pete Dehnel, MD; Physician Advocacy Network Medical Director; Minneapolis, MN
This webinar explores the changing tobacco market beyond e-cigarettes and conventional tobacco. Understand the medical and public health impact of these trendy tobacco devices and the current usage rates among teens and adults in Minnesota.