The overall goal of this new initiative is to take the resources and expertise of the CS2day Partners and apply them in China. This effort will put the knowledge, skills and resources developed in the original CS2day initiatives to good use in a place where they are needed the most. We will adapt, test and transfer culturally appropriate education and intervention activities to mental and behavioral health professionals in China. More specifically, we will educate a group of Chinese counselors to develop the skills needed to effectively provide their clients with smoking cessation assistance thereby reducing the smoking rate. These counselors will not only translate the knowledge and skills into clinical practice to help their clients quit smoking, but will also become the seeds for disseminating the skills and resources among Chinese mental and behavioral health professionals. Throughout the implementation of the new initiative in China, we will systematically evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted messages, tools and resources and the outcomes of clinician education in terms of changes in knowledge, skills and effectiveness in delivering cessation assistance to smokers, as measured by quit rates.
Our objectives for the CS2day initiative in China are four--fold. (1) We will complete the translation and localization of the CS2day tools and resources for use by Chinese clinicians and other mental health professionals. (2) We will educate a group of 20 mental health professionals on the adapted curriculum. (3) These professionals will then implement the adapted program by providing smoking cessation assistance to their clients. (4) Throughout the process of program adaptation, clinician--education and field implementation, we will systematically and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of the program in the Chinese context.