MDQuit's 12th Best Practices Conference



We would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to all our keynote speakers, session presenters, and attendees for making our 12th annual Best Practices Conference a great success!

Below you’ll find the agenda for the day along with the available presentation materials.


Morning Session

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD (
MDQuit Current Initiatives


Katie Witkiewitz, PhD (
Keynote Address: Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Alcohol, Nicotine, and Substance Use Disorders: Empirical Findings and Recent Adaptations 


Amanda Graham, PhD (
Keynote Address: Using Technology to Reach and Engage Smokers in Tobacco Dependence Treatment



Lunchtime Updates


Dawn Berkowitz, MPH, CHES (
Updates on Maryland Tobacco Control Initiatives


Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD (
Presentation of MDQuit’s Annual Fax to Assist Referral Awards


The following agencies are hereby recognized for their exceptional record of fax referrals to the Maryland Tobacco Quitline for the contract year 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


Fast to Assist Award Recipients

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center


EHR Referral Award Recipient
East Baltimore Medical Center – Johns Hopkins Community Physicians


Certificate of Excellence

Sheppard Pratt Hospital System




Early Afternoon Sessions
Session: Media Relations Best Practices
Presenter: Karen Lightell, BA (


Session: Mindfulness-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
Presenter: Katie Witkiewitz, PhD (


Session: Meeting the Challenges of Behavioral Health Smokers: Smokers Living with Serious Mental Illness
Presenter: Melanie Bennett, PhD (



Late Afternoon Session

Keynote Address: Federal, State, and Local Legislative and Policy Impacts for Tobacco Control 

Kathleen Hoke (