Distinguished Speaker Series

lepore‌Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Grace St. Theater
934 E. Grace St.

A reception with light hors d'oeuvres will follow. 

"High Tech-Warm Touch": Integrating Digital Strategies With Traditional Behavioral Health Approaches to Protect Low-Income Families From Tobacco Smoke

This fall we are pleased to welcome Stephen Lepore, Ph.D., as our distinguished speaker. Lepore is professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. He holds degrees from the University of California-Irvine, Harvard University and Clark University. His work focuses on cancer prevention, control and survivorship, with an emphasis on developing theoretically informed social and behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life in people who have had cancer and to promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors that might lead to the prevention or early detection and treatment of cancer. Read more.

Talk abstract:

Secondhand smoke exposure (SHSE) is a leading contributor to preventable disease in children - particularly those from low-income households - and parental smoking is the primary source of exposure. This talk introduces an innovative and sustainable multi-level community intervention approach that leverages technology (electronic health records, mobile apps) and community resources (clinic service providers) to address parental smoking and reduce child SHSE in low-income families throughout Philadelphia. Our multi-level intervention approach draws upon behavioral ecological models and social cognitive theory. The intervention addresses child SHSE by integrating a community clinic quality control systems-level intervention with an individual-level behavioral counseling intervention to eliminate parents' smoking and promote their child SHSE protective behaviors. Health service providers in clinical settings can address parents' "will" or motivation to protect children from SHSE via a brief guideline-based intervention ("Ask, Advise, and Refer"; AAR), whereas behavioral interventionists can increase parents' "skills" and social support to protect their children from SHSE and to quit smoking. Technology plays a critical role in intervention implementation: (a) AAR prompts are embedded into electronic medical records so they are part of clinic workflow and (b) interactive health communication apps are installed on smokers' mobile phones to increase the efficacy of behavioral counseling. Preliminary data will be presented from an ongoing randomized controlled trial, Kids Safe & Smokefree (KiSS), along with a discussion of future directions in a new trial, Babies Living Safe & Smokefree (BLiSS).