Theo Tsoukalas, PhD
Theo Tsoukalas, PhD, is the co-principal investigator/program director of PHI's Health Spectrum, which focuses on: funding disease prevention programs through tobacco settlement revenues among local jurisdictions in California; supporting tobacco-free hospital campus policies in California and hospital-based tobacco cessation programs; and program and policy evaluation.
Tsoukalas also serves as co-principal investigator for the Smoke-Free International Program. His work centers on program and project management as well as analysis, reporting, training and evaluation.
Tsoukalas has more than 10 years of experience working on tobacco control and disease prevention policies at the local and global levels. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California (UC) at San Francisco School of Medicine. He has been a consultant in tobacco control policy development and enforcement for the International Health Partnerships-World Health Organization Collaborative.
Tsoukalas serves on the faculties of the UCSF and UC Davis schools of medicine. He earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a certificate on postdoctoral studies in health policy at the UCSF School of Medicine's Institute for Health Policy Studies.
Post-Hospitalization Smoking Cessation Program
This project will develop a model (and how-to guide) to increase post-discharge tobacco user access to community-based smoking cessation programs by utilizing community volunteers to make follow-up phone calls to tobacco users. Volunteers will receive training in the Five A's Method of Helping Smokers Quit (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) along with information about community cessation resources.