The CHSR project is one of the 11 new projects (full list of projects) focusing on treating tobacco dependence in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. The projects will involve a broad range of healthcare professionals in multiple European countries, including primary healthcare physicians, health workers in hospitals, nurses, pulmonary specialists and providers treating pregnant women. The projects will also leverage the crucial role of healthcare professionals as non-smoking exemplars and tobacco control advocates, and will enhance organizational change, actively engaging a variety of professional and policymaking institutions.

In the scope of this project the CHSR will design, implement and evaluate an advocacy and training program for integrating tobacco control measures into tuberculosis (TB) control in Armenia. Principal Investigator of the project, Arusyak Harutyunyan, MD, MPH, highlighted:

“The newly proposed project will be the first attempt in Armenia to integrate tobacco control and smoking cessation in the context of TB control and it will build on the projects implemented by Turpanjian School of Public Health with support from Global Bridges and Pfizer IGLC and the strong partnership with the National TB Control Center and the National Institute of Health.”

The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.