Family Smoking Cessation in Romania Using Pregnancy as a Window of Opportunity

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the USA, has awarded a $698251 grant to our team of researchers for the implementation of a five-year randomized controlled trial in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The “Family Smoking Cessation in Romania Using Pregnancy as a Window of Opportunity” project aims to adapt, enhance, and test the implementation feasibility and initial efficacy, in Romania, of an evidence-based pregnancy and postnatal couple intervention for smoking cessation. The project will make use of the Motivation and Problem Solving (MAPS) framework, inviting couples to participate in smoking prevention and cessation counseling sessions during pregnancy and postnatal periods.

The project team is comprised of:

meghea Cristian Meghea, MS, PhD

Principal Investigator of the study and associated researcher within the Center for Health Policy and Public Health

Research interests: maternal and infant health; health services research, international health; health economics; smoking cessation during pregnancy; prevention of postpartum smoking relapse; health interventions in the perinatal period.

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rmc2 Razvan M. Chereches MD PhD
Executive Director
Interests: guerrilla public health, global health capacity building, health systems assessment & reform
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Alexandra Brinzaniuc MA, PhD(c)
Research interests: social determinants of health; prevention and reduction of health inequalities; maternal and child health; pregnancy and maternity research; smoking cessation during pregnancy and prevention of postpartum relapse; children’s exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke; poverty and health; health equity; social marketing; mixed methods research.
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Ioana Rus MA

Interest: management of research projects on maternal and child health, health policy and health management; management and implementation of health promotion programs
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oana Oana Maria Blaga PhD(c)
Research interests: designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions;smoking prevention in adolescents; maternal and child health; social marketing; health promotion; health literacy.
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alexandra Alexandra Sidor MA
Research interests: nutritional literacy in children and adolescents, eating nutritional literacy in children and adolescents, eating disorders in childhood and adolescence, cancer prevention through lifestyle modifications targeting nutrition and physical activity, quality of life in patients diagnosed with cancer, quality of mental health care, community based participatory research.
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paula2 Paula Alexa BA
Research interests: Main interest in mental health promotion in patients with chronic diseases and mental health literacy.
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catalina edit Catalina Brinza MA(c)

Research interests: Community and behavioral health management, project management, capacity building, social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

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As pre- and postnatal smoking prevention interventions have been proved successful when implemented in high-income countries, the primary aim of this research is to test the implementation feasibility and efficacy of such an intervention in a country such as Romania, where these initiatives are relatively new. The results of the project have the potential to benefit the entire family throughout lifetime and to bring new practices in the universal health system in Romania, with applications in US and other Eastern European countries and populations.