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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.

Comparing Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information Among Business Associates and Covered Entities in California and the United States (2017)

More and more healthcare providers and insurers are contracting out aspects of healthcare administration, such as lab work and imaging, billin...

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Stores Take a Stand for Community Health (2016)

Stores Take a Stand for Community Health from Elizabeth Emerson on Vimeo. What happens to stores when their owners decide to stop selling ...

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E-Guide to Developing a Community Outreach Network to Motivate Smokers to Quit after Discharge from Clinics or Hospitals (2013)

Many smokers are readmitted into clinics and hospitals because they are not referred to smoking cessation programs after they are discharged. Post-...

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Increasing Local Funding Options for Disease Prevention Programs in Rural California Counties: Report and Advocacy Guide (2009)

This report provides a national and statewide overview of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) fund allocation from tobacco industry settlements. ...

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