DC Calls It Quits! week: Sept 21-25, 2015

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DC Tobacco Free Coalition is proud to join the DC Department of Health and local partners to sponsor DC Calls It Quits! Week. Together, we will inspire, equip and support DC residents to quit smoking. To learn about local events happening during DC Calls It Quits Week!, visit our community calendar. We invite any group hosting a quit event during the week to post to the calendar. 

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DC Calls It Quits Week! Community Partners

Altarum Institute

Altarum Institute is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization. Altarum integrates independent research and client-centered consulting to create comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health.

With the rigor of the finest research institution, consulting skills honed for nearly seven decades, and an abiding commitment to the public interest, Altarum Institute enables better care and better health for all people.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to the Society's progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. ACS is determined to finish the fight against cancer. ACS is finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization working to make cancer issues a national priority. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer. Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made by state legislatures, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN holds lawmakers accountable for their words and their actions. We demand that our leaders not only talk about fighting cancer but take real steps toward decreasing the number of people suffering and dying from cancer

American Heart Association &
American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. AHA funds innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.  AHA provides public health education, is the nation’s leader in CPR education training, helps people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and provides science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients.

American Lung Association 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.  With the generous support of the public, we are "Fighting for Air."  When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.

Breathe DC

Seasoned lung health experts and activists established Breathe DC in 2010 to address an urgent need for a local leader dedicated to safeguarding the lung health of Washington area residents. Breathe DC is dedicated to a mission of ensuring that every breath counts by promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing lung disease, through advocacy, education, and program services, especially in communities affected by health disparities. The organization operates successful programs for creating smokefree homes and smokefree campuses; addressing asthma among adults and youth; and tobacco cessation support services.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.  The organization works to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke, to create a future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. In the United States, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids advocates at the national, state and local levels for the proven policies that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Internationally, the Campaign supports governments and non-governmental organizations in promoting and implementing these policies.


The mission of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is to provide health benefit services of value to customers across the region comprised of Maryland and the National Capital Area. To fulfill this mission, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield commits to: Offer a broad array of quality, innovative insurance plans and administrative services that are affordable and accessible to our customers; Fairly address the needs of customers in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate; Conduct business responsibly as a non-profit health service plan, to ensure the plan’s long-term financial viability and growth; Collaborate with the community to advance health care effectiveness and quality; Support public and private efforts to meet needs of persons lacking health insurance; Foster health systems integration and health care cost containment to benefit the people in areas we serve; and, Promote respect, fairness and opportunity for our associates.

Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.

Community Wellness Alliance

Community Wellness Alliance is dedicated to improving health and wellness outcomes of residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia through education, outreach and advocacy utilizing partnerships and collaboration. CWA concentrates its efforts in six areas: Cardiovascular Disease; Cancer; Diabetes; HIV/AIDS; Mental Health; and Tobacco.  Priority communities include: Low-Income Populations; Ex-Offenders; People living with HIV/AIDS; and Residents of the District’s Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.

DC Cancer Action Partnership

The District of Columbia Cancer Action Partnership serves as the collective voice of cancer control in the District.  The Partnership includes multidisciplinary stakeholders concerned with reducing the District’s cancer burden by collectively identifying and addressing gaps in cancer services. Guided by the best available evidence, local and national data and the District of Columbia Cancer Control Plan, the Partnership identifies opportunities to support and collaborate with its members on the implementation of programs and policy interventions that serve the needs of all populations and communities.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is the home for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Washington DC and the DMV. The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building.

DC department of health

The District of Columbia Department of Health is committed to promoting and protecting the health, safety and quality of life of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia. The Department's responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.

DC Primary Care Association

DC Primary Care Association works to create healthier communities through advocacy and the development of the infrastructure to support a high quality, equitable, integrated health care system that gives every DC resident a fair shot at a full and healthy life. The Association's collective action and innovation fosters the creation of an integrated health system that: Respects and embraces people throughout the continuum of care; Empowers patients to fully engage in their health and well-being; Is value-based and patient-centered; and, Commits to achieving equity and optimal levels of health for all.

DC Stroke Collaborative

DC Stroke Collaborative is  a coordinated stroke response and prevention effort in the District of Columbia. The Collaborative is a partnership among the American Heart Association, the DC Department of Health,
the Delmarva Foundation of DC, District of Columbia Hospital Association, George Washington University
Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Howard University Hospital, Providence Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, United Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, DC Fire and EMS, and community stakeholders throughout the District.

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

Enacted on September 28, 1959, the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program is the largest employer-sponsored federal group health insurance program in the United States, covering over 9 million federal civilian employees, retirees, former employees and their eligible family members.

The George Washington University Hospital

The George Washington University Hospital provides high-quality healthcare, advanced technology and world class service to our patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research. As a multidisciplinary, tertiary care hospital, The George Washington University Hospital offers many diverse services all in one central location. Physicians at GW are known for their clinical expertise in: Breast care services; Cancer care; Cardiovascular care; Cardiac surgery; Emergency medicine; Minimally invasive surgery; Neurology and neurosurgery; Obstetrics/gynecology; Orthopaedics; Robotic surgery; and, Women's Center.

GW Cancer Institute

The GW Cancer Institute is involved in several tobacco-related initiatives. In partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, GW Cancer Institute conducted an evaluation of tobacco cessation services to targeted populations in DC through the American Lung Association curriculum Freedom from Smoking; this research will help tailor future tobacco cessation interventions to increase effectiveness. GW Cancer Institute also participates in the tobacco cessation for cancer survivors workgroup of the Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) National Partnership. The group is creating a 1-page fact sheet on tobacco cessation for cancer survivors, developing a clearinghouse of resources to assist CCC coalitions with their efforts to increase tobacco cessation services for cancer survivors, and hosting a series of three webinars for CCC coalitions to highlight the research, practice and application of resources on tobacco cessation for cancer survivors in summer 2015. As a university, GW went smoke-free in 2014 and the American Cancer Society's Quit for Life program is available to students, employees and their dependents. University researchers also participate in the DC Metro Tobacco Research and Instruction Consortium (MeTRIC), a partnership of DC-based experts in tobacco control with the common mission to tackle the tobacco problem in the DC metro area through innovative interdisciplinary research.

Howard University Health Sciences

Howard University Health Sciences (HUHS) includes Howard University Hospital, the Faculty Practice Plan, the Louis B. Stokes Health Sciences Library, and the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health, as well as several specialty institutes and centers. HUHS is dedicated to leading the advancement of healthcare and health equality, locally and globally, by providing exemplary education, service, and research that promote patient-centered, collaborative care and advocate for the elimination of health disparities.

Kaiser Permanente 

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management.

EX Program

Legacy for Health's EX® program was designed to help people “re-learn life without cigarettes.” It helps smokers do everything they used to do with a cigarette without one. The BecomeAnEX.org website offers smokers a free plan to quit and provides valuable information. The EX Plan is based on scientific research and practical advice from ex-smokers. Research shows that the more times people come to the EX site, the more likely they are to quit smoking.

Lung Cancer Alliance

Founded in 1995, Lung Cancer Alliance is the oldest leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. The organization offers personalized support, information and referral services to help patients, their loved ones and those at risk; advocates for increased lung cancer research funding and equitable access, coverage and reimbursement for screening, treatment, diagnostics, and testing; and conducts nationwide education campaigns about the disease, risk and early detection.

Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. is a leading hospitality company with more than 3,900 properties, 18 brands, and associates at our headquarters, managed and franchised properties around the world. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for more than 80 years, the company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1927, Marriott has been known for a culture that puts people first. The company is recognized worldwide for its enduring values, spirit to serve, and corporate commitment to creating better places to live and work.

Mary's center

Mary's Center, founded in 1988, is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary’s Center uses a holistic, multi-pronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from over 110 countries. Mary’s Center provides access to health care services regardless of participants' ability to pay.

Medical Society of the District of Columbia

Since 1817, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) has been supporting and advocating for patients, physicians, the medical profession and the betterment of public health. With over 2,800 members, MSDC is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District. MSDC dedicates its effort to the well being of physicians in metropolitan Washington and their patients; advocates on behalf of our member physicians of diverse cultural and ethic backgrounds; promotes high standards of character and professionalism; ensures that physicians are and are recognized as the primary professionals who define and guarantee high quality, appropriate, and cost effective medical care; and aggressively defends the highest principle of all: the integrity of the physician-patient relationship.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.

MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital—Knowledge and Compassion Focused on You.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries. Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.


MEDSTAR Washington HOSPITAL Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 100 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for treating the most complex cases. U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks the hospital’s cardiology and heart surgery program as one of the nation’s best. It also is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, a nationally-verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances, and also operates the region’s only adult Burn Center.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.


At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.

Providence Hospital

Providence is a 408-bed hospital in Washington, DC with an expert medical staff of more than 500 providers. Located near the Catholic University of America and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, our hospital is situated on a 36-acre campus within the vibrant suburban residential community of Brookland. 

Rite Aid

Since 1962, Rite Aid Corporation has been building a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts, making us one of the nation's leading drugstore chains. Rite Aid Corporation operates nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Rite Aid is a caring neighbor in each community we serve, reaching beyond our store walls to actively improve health and wellness. We aspire to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique needs.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Sibley Memorial Hospital, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 318-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus is also home to Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence, a medical building with physician offices as well as ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. The mission of Sibley Memorial Hospital is to provide quality health services and facilities for the community, to promote wellness, to relieve suffering, and to restore health as swiftly, safely, and humanely as it can be done consistent with the best service we can give at the highest value for all concerned.

Teens Who Don't...Anti-Tobacco Youth Coalition

Teens Who Don’t… (TWD) is a youth leadership program established through the collaboration between the Office of the State Superintendent of Education-Division of Wellness and Nutrition Services and the Department of Health-Tobacco Control Program. TWD engages youth in tobacco control and prevention by providing them with the opportunity to gain skills and authority to make decisions that help improve the policy environment, change social norms, and reduce smoking initiation and consumption in their communities.

Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies at universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning across the United States. TFCCI is a partnership of HHS, the American College Health Association and the University of Michigan, with lead sponsorship from the American Legacy Foundation. The Initiative collaborates closely with academic leaders, public health advocates, students, researchers, and other concerned citizens across the U.S. to accelerate the elimination of tobacco use on college campuses everywhere.

United Medical Center

United Medical Center is dedicated to the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to our care. We will provide excellent patient care and obtain positive clinical outcomes, in a safe patient care environment while maintaining balance among cost, quality & commitment to our patients, medical staff, and employees.

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.