The Aspire tobacco cessation program is here to help you quit smoking, chewing and stop using all tobacco products.
Smoking is an addiction. In order to overcome tobacco use, it needs to be treated like an addiction. Treating an addiction means changing our behavior. Aspire uses a non-judgmental, personalized approach to help you change your behavior around tobacco use.
The Aspire program at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis and Mooresville is modeled after best practices in tobacco addiction and cessation.
“I have tried many ways to quit smoking over the years, and nothing worked for me. Then I found the Aspire Program. The support helped me get from step 1 to where I am today. Smoke Free...”
former smoker of 15 years
What does Aspire consist of?
Aspire includes individual meetings between you and the Aspire coordinator at least 4 to 6 times to develop an individual quit plan. These meetings are weekly or biweekly depending on what is best for you.
While meeting individually with the coordinator you will also attend group classes. Classes are held at Franciscan St. Francis Health's Indianapolis or Mooresville hospitals. Each set of classes meets for four weeks, one day per week. Classes are offered at varying times each month to try to accommodate all types of schedules. The class is a mixture of tobacco education, guest speakers, and time for support group, where everyone gets a chance to talk and share experiences along their path to quitting tobacco.
Is there medication involved? Do I have to use medication?
Medication and/or nicotine replacement recommendations are discussed during the individual meetings. Medications, Chantix and Wellbutrin, help you quit smoking; while nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal sprays) help to manage withdrawal symptoms. Using medication or nicotine replacement therapy is your choice and is not required during your quit process.
Is there follow-up with the Aspire program?
Aspire includes continual follow-up support for one year from your quit date. The program is not just about quitting but relapse prevention, not returning to smoking or chewing. Together the participant and the coordinator will create a plan to help you be successful.
Is there a cost associated with the Aspire program?
A one-time fee of $50 covers program participation at our Indianapolis and Mooresville campuses. This fee will be collected at the first individual coaching session. Payment plans are available to those in need and can be arranged during the first appointment.
When do your classes meet?
Check out our Events Center, and enter "Aspire" to find our next upcoming class dates and locations.
“Quitting smoking is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s been a great help knowing Aspire is there for support. It always helps to know you aren’t going through this alone. Thank you!”
FORMER SMOKER OF 35 YEARS
You can break free of tobacco. We can help.
Please contact the Aspire office with any additional questions or concerns. We will inform you of the next steps to enroll and get started on your journey to be tobacco free. Call us at (317) 528-7848 (QUIT) or email us below.
Classes meet for four weeks at either our Indianapolis or Mooresville campus. Sessions are offered throughout the year.
Our next series of classes will meet on Mondays, beginning July 11 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Cancer Center Multi-Disciplinary Conference Room, second floor.
Dates: July 11 , 18, 25, Aug. 1.
Dr. Aasha Trowbridge, Medical Director, Aspire
Dr. Aasha Trowbridge
is the medical director of the Aspire tobacco-free program. Dr. Trowbridge is a graduate of Franklin College and Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Trowbridge specializes in family medicine and is the medical director of the Franciscan St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center. She also directs the smoking cessation program at the Franciscan St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center.
Jennifer Kelleher, Aspire Coordinator
Jennifer Kelleher is the coordinator for the Aspire Tobacco Free Program. She came to Franciscan St. Francis Health in July of 2014 with a Masters in Public Health from the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Tobacco has always been a public health concern for Jennifer, as she was raised in a smoking household and witnessed the struggle that quitting smoking can present. Helping people break free of their addiction to tobacco has always been a passion of hers, both personally and professionally.
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in training.
Kristy Murphy, Aspire Coordinator
Kristy Murphy is a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and has a Master of Science degree from IUPUI. She brings over three years of experience working in tobacco cessation to the Aspire program.
She most recently worked in an addictions treatment facility and primarily focuses on nicotine addiction as it relates to relapse prevention and aiding people in long-term recovery from smoking. Witnessing the devastating effects of smoking on family members and friends inspired Kristy to seek ways to help people quit smoking and she feels fortunate to get to help others on their journey to becoming tobacco free!