Live Training

The Physician Advocacy Network provides live training to health care and education professionals. 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. Our live training topics include:

  • Up in Smoke: What’s new in Vaping
    Are you ready to talk with your patients about vaping? In this presentation, we’ll discuss the latest trends in e-cigarette use, including how JUUL is changing the vaping landscape; research on the health effects of vaping; and tools to talk with people about vaping.

  • Addressing Nicotine Dependence: An Integrated Approach

    In this presentation, we’ll facilitate a conversation about the latest evidence-based recommendations for helping your patients to quit smoking, discuss coverage options for patients in Minnesota, and consider importance of supporting upstream approaches to tobacco prevention as part of a larger strategy to reduce tobacco use

To schedule a live training or learn more about training opportunities contact Annie Krapek at 612-623-3715 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, and other members of the healthcare team.


On Demand Webinars


Core Motivational Interviewing Skills

Dr. Marc Steinberg, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical and Director of the Tobacco Research & Intervention lab, discussed the underlying spirit and core skills of motivational interviewing, and how health care professionals can use these skills to help their patients quit tobacco.


The Bridge Engagement Centre: Meaningful Patient Engagement to Tackle Tobacco and Opioid Crises

The Physician Advocacy Network and the American Lung Association in Minnesota are partnered to bring you this presentation from Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a pulmonologist and Assistant Professor from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine serving on the American Thoracic Society’s Tobacco Action Committee. Dr. Pakhalé, shared her team’s success at reducing tobacco and opioid dependence in an inner-city setting through an innovative Community-based Participatory Tobacco Dependence Strategy.

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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. 


The Truth About Menthol Tobacco

Speakers: Alex Feng, MD; Annie Krapek, Physician Advocacy Network Assistant Program Manager
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.