Issue 44 | August 2021
Benefits of Quitting:
  • FREE - Nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges*
  • FREE - Participant workbook and materials
  • Covers all forms of tobacco
*if medically appropriate and 18 years of age or older

You select your quit date.
Tobacco Free Florida:
Automated Electronic Referral Process
Tobacco Free Florida has developed a new, more efficient way to incorporate electronic referrals into organizations' systems by creating a link to use an Automated Referral Form. This automated referral form includes the same fields as the fax referral form most providers currently use. Acquiring the form is easy:

Go to to request a unique link to refer your patients electronically. This allows for the referral form to be preloaded with your contact information, creating a unique webpage for your organization to submit referrals. 

Once the request for a link is received, a representative from the University of Florida AHEC ( will respond within 2 business days with a unique link for your organization to use. After that, when the provider completes an automated referral form on behalf of a patient who wants to quit (within the next 30 days), the referral is automatically sent to AHEC for group quit or Optum for phone quit, depending on the patient’s selection.

If you would like more information, please follow the link below below or contact us directly so we can guide you through this process!
REACH Video Library

Check out our growing REACH Student Programs video library! 

Watch the REACH Programs Overview, view “Health Careers: You Can Make A Difference” presentation, and don’t forget to peruse the various Career Chats videos.
Online 40-Hour Medical Interpreting Training

We have successfully launched two more online 40-hour Medical Interpreting classes in the month of July. The demand for online 40-hour trainings continues to remain strong and we are thrilled to be offering our 40-hour course as often as we can. Stay tuned for dates of our next classes in the near future! 

Additionally, we look forward to celebrating "Hispanic Heritage Month" which recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements to the United States. Hispanic Heritage month begins on September 15th and ends on October 15th.
OD2A Training - Harm Reduction Techniques: Strategies for Ongoing Community-Wide Response to Opioid Drug Use
Back by Popular Demand!

Register today for this excellent training!
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am

1.5 CE credits available
Register Today!
Registration is required.

Zoom link to be emailed upon registration.
Florida State Health Assessment Survey
The health councils in Florida are working with a diverse array of partners to develop the 2021 Florida State Health Assessment (FSHA) and the 2022-2026 Florida State Health Improvement Plan (FSHIP).

The resident survey is now available through August 31, 2021. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. The survey results will help guide the FSHA/FSHIP process. Please assist by:
  1. Taking the survey
  2. Sharing the survey with your network
  3. Getting family, friends, and clients to take the survey as well

If you are a provider (someone who provides, coordinates, and/or manages health care for the residents of Florida) you have the option to take the SHA Provider Survey. This survey will be available through August 31, 2021. Please feel free to share this link with other provides.

If you have any questions, please contact the survey coordinator at
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