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Working Across Borders: A Collaboration Between Polish and US Cessation Experts
Dr. Melissa Little, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and a member in cancer control and population health research in the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, will present her work developing, QuitAid, a pharmacist-delivered tobacco cessation intervention based on a medication therapy management approach to reduce tobacco use disparities in high-risk communities. Dr. Pawel Koczkodaj, Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Cancer Epidemiology and Primary Prevention Department at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland, will present a study which sought to examine facilitators and barriers to translating the QuitAid intervention, a pharmacy-delivered smoking cessation program developed in the United States, in Poland. Jennifer Peregoy, Tobacco Treatment Specialist at University of Virginia’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Magdalena Cedzyńska, psychologist, psychotherapist, senior researcher, and Director of Smoking Cessation Service at the National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland, will discuss how UVA’s Tobacco Treatment Program guides the National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland to develop more cessation resources.

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Jennifer Peregoy
Tobacco Treatment Specialist @University of Virginia’s Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jennifer Peregoy is a Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who works at University of Virginia’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. She provides effective, evidence-based tobacco interventions for patients. With years of cognitive behavioral counseling, she has found a passion assisting patients with living a healthy, tobacco-free life. Jennifer is dedicated to staying abreast of the ever changing landscape of tobacco products, use and cessation services. She is also committed to helping other organizations build their tobacco treatment programs so patients can have resources they need to improve health outcomes.
Magdalena Cedzyńska
Psychologist, psychotherapist, senior researcher and Director of Smoking Cessation Service @The National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland
She is engaged in cancer primary prevention with special attention to treatment of nicotine dependence. She took part as a researcher and coordinator in many national and international projects. She has been coordinated and lectured of over 50 courses on tobacco dependence treatment for health professionals. As a member of International Network of Women Against Tobacco Europe Advisory Board she is interested and engaged especially in women and tobacco control issues. She is co‐author or author of over 20 scientific publications (peer‐reviewed), 7 books, chapters, monographs and educational programs. She gave many oral and poster presentations at conferences.
Dr. Melissa Little
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and a member in cancer control and population health research @The Cancer Center at the University of Virginia
Dr. Melissa A. Little is an associate professor of public health sciences and a member in cancer control and population health research in the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and translating evidence-based health behavior and disease prevention interventions for underserved populations. Dr. Little’s research focuses on reducing cancer health disparities in Appalachia through interventions to reduce health risk behaviors and promote vaccines and cancer screenings. She also focuses on promoting tobacco cessation, substance abuse prevention and weight reduction among active-duty military, retirees and dependents (i.e., family members).
Dr. Pawel Koczkodaj
Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Cancer Epidemiology and Primary Prevention Department @The Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland
Pawel Koczkodaj – PhD, MPH, MBA, assistant professor, deputy head of Cancer Epidemiology and Primary Prevention Department at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland. Pawel Koczkodaj is a public health specialist, researcher, health educator and Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer in Poland nominated by the Association of European Cancer Leagues in Brussels. His main professional interests lays in the area of primary cancer prevention, health education and health promotion.