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Abigail Halperin, MD, MPH

Senior Lecturer Schools of Medicine and Public Health University of Washington

Abigail Halperin MD MPH is a Senior Lecturer in the departments of Family Medicine and Health Services at the University of Washington (UW) Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY in 1983, and completed residency training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle in 1986. From 1986-1998, Dr. Halperin was a primary care physician in a community-based primary care practice in Seattle, where she first began treating patients with tobacco dependence and became passionate about working in this field. In 1998, she received a National Research Service Award Fellowship, earned an MPH at UW in 2000, and began an academic career focused on the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction and related diseases. Dr. Halperin founded and continues to direct the UW Tobacco Studies Program (TSP) since 2003, which has trained hundreds of health science graduate students and health care providers to address the tobacco epidemic. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the International Quitline Institute, a training program which was launched in partnership with WHO in 2011, to assist low and middle income countries in developing and improving toll-free telephonic tobacco quitlines.

 

Previous Sessions

Monday, May 23, 2016

International Quitlines

Five years ago, the International Quitline Institute (IQI), in partnership with WHO and the CDC Foundation, convened its inaugural 5-day training for the development and improvement of quitlines around the world. This presentation shares successes and lessons learned from subsequent trainings and workshops held across four continents, along with challenges in evaluating the project's impact on reach and effectiveness of tobacco dependence treatment in low- and middle-income countries.