Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Jackie Saltarelli, MPH
Jackie is the Program Manager for NYC Treats Tobacco and works with a team to support tobacco cessation efforts at healthcare organizations throughout all five boroughs of NYC. Prior to joining NYC Treats Tobacco in 2021, Jackie worked in healthcare development and received her Masters of Public Health.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Amanda Mulhern
Amanda is the Manager of Community Health Programs (CHP) at St. Peter's Health Partners, based in Troy, NY. She has worked in the tobacco cessation field since 2013 and, together with her team, assists medical and behavioral health care organizations/providers in a 9-county catchment area with developing and improving processes to address client tobacco use. Notably, CHP is focused on working with a variety of underserved populations, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural community health centers, and community-based organizations. In addition, we place great value on input from community stakeholders.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Riley Brennan
Riley brings a wealth of experience to the tobacco control field, having previously worked in the social work sector before joining Glens Falls Hospital. In her current role, Riley and her team provide crucial resources and consultation to healthcare providers, enabling them to deliver comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for nicotine addiction more effectively.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Kimberly Bank
Kimberly Bank and HSTFWNY have over 40 years of combined experience in treating tobacco use disorders and implementing treatment systems change in healthcare organizations. They help healthcare organizations integrate evidence-based tobacco use disorder treatment into routine care and practice.
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Scott McIntosh, PhD, MA
Dr. McIntosh is Co-Director of the Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Research Program and Director of the Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes. He researches nicotine dependence interventions and trains medical professionals in guideline-based interventions. He has also contributed to global health projects on tobacco cessation, maternal health improvement, and diabetes prevention.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Jennifer Sidi, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Jennifer is the Director of the Center for Tobacco Control at the Northwell Health System. She leads a team that helps approximately 600 patients annually with tobacco cessation. Additionally, Jennifer educates the community and health systems about tobacco use control guidelines, and works in underserved communities to improve access to medical care, vaccines, and preventative care.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Susan Lennon, CTTS
Susan is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Tobacco Program Manager at the Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley. With over 12 years of experience in the NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control Health Systems, she leads a team that provides evidence-based education and support to medical and behavioral health organizations in seven Hudson Valley counties to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into workflows.
Meet Your Regional Tobacco Control Specialist:
Kristen Richardson, RN
Kristen Richardson is Director of Community Engagement and CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph's Health. She has a background in research, education, community partnerships, advocacy, and health disparities. Recently, she led a successful clinical team in value-based contracts, contributing to significant savings.
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HSTFNY is a group of professionals that is funded through a grant from the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, to promote the delivery of tobacco use treatment.
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Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York

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About Us

The Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York program comprises a network of grantees, covering all New York State counties, who work with medical and mental health care systems to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based Tobacco Use & Dependence treatment to all New Yorkers who smoke or use other tobacco products.
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Our Program

The program's grantees identify and work with hospitals, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and mental health and behavioral health service agencies.
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Our Focus

Grantees focus on agencies and organizations that serve people disproportionately affected by tobacco use, including populations experiencing lower educational attainment, lower income, serious mental illness, substance use disorders, or disability.

Success Stories

Alliance for Positive Health

Alliance for Positive Health faced challenges providing tobacco dependence treatment to their rural, low-income clients. In 2022, they partnered with Community Health Programs to establish a standard of care for assessment and referral. CHP integrated smoking cessation questions and provided check-ins, improving health outcomes and reducing tobacco dependence.

Jericho Road Community Health Center

Jericho Road Community Health Center prioritizes providing quality medical care to those with limited access to medical care. For over 10 years, they have provided tobacco use disorder treatment across their five locations in Erie County. With technical assistance, they implemented a CDC-recommended tobacco use disorder workflow and offer on-site Nicotine Replacement Therapy and yearly provider trainings. Their dedication to tobacco cessation has made a significant impact on patients' health and wellbeing.

Ellis Mental Health Clinic

EMHC partnered with us to update smoking cessation policies using evidence-based strategies tailored to their patient population, including staff training, nicotine replacement therapy, and a smoke-free campus policy. Within six months, smoking rates among patients significantly decreased, staff felt more confident in supporting patients, and patients reported feeling more supported in quitting. This success improved patient health outcomes and EMHC's reputation as a leading provider of behavioral health services in New York State.
Read the Report on Treating Tobacco Use Disorder in Behavioral Health Populations