Michael Steinberg“In May, the SCREEN NJ Program sponsored 20 healthcare professionals to be trained as Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) through the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program. This group included staff from counties with some of the highest rates of cancers, including Essex, Ocean, and Camden. Participating partner organizations included Project HOPE, Ocean Health Initiatives, Zufall Health Centers, and the Center for Asian Health. Several of these professionals work in Federally Qualified Health Centers and will use this training in their communities across the state to reduce cancer disparities through integrating tobacco mitigation and increasing lung cancer screening in primary care settings. This is an important foundational step for the SCREEN NJ Program in its goal to reduce tobacco-caused disease and increase awareness and rates of lung cancer screening; the leading cause of cancer death in NJ,” stated Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program and Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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