The QuitWorks-RI Story
The QuitWorks-RI program is based on the original QuitWorks program developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts health plans. It is intended for health care providers to use as a tool to aid the cessation efforts of their patients.
In 2002, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with all major health plans, launched QuitWorks, a first-of-its-kind tobacco cessation service for all Massachusetts residents.
Based on this successful program, QuitWorks-RI was launched in May 2006. Outreach and recruitment efforts began in June 2006 to various hospitals and community health centers around the state. Hospitals that have successfully adopted the program include Lifespan systems, Care New England systems, Landmark Medical and Roger Williams Hospital. Community Health Centers include the Providence Community Health Center, Blackstone Valley, East Providence Community Action Program, Northwest Community Health Center and Thundermist West Warwick.