Roger Dier, MS, is the UW-CTRI senior outreach specialist for the eastern and south-central regions of Wisconsin. Based in Oshkosh, Roger has assisted Wisconsin health care organizations with improving their standard of care for treating patients who smoke or chew tobacco. He has worked closely with several health care organizations, including Aurora Health Care, Prevea Health, Holy Family Memorial Hospital (above) and clinics in the Community Memorial Hospital system, Meriter Medical Group, Physicians Plus, ThedaCare, UW hospitals and clinics, Divine Savior Healthcare, county health departments, technical colleges and dentists across his regions.
During the course of his ten-year career with the UW-CTRI, Roger emerged as a leader in statewide smokeless tobacco cessation efforts. In 2008, Dier was the first-ever recipient of the Amy Hertz Advocacy Award at the National Summit on Spit and Smokeless Tobacco. The award, named after the Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, honors the American who exemplifies outstanding advocacy and education in smokeless-tobacco prevention and control.
“In the past decade, the community of health care, dental care, local and county health departments and the statewide tobacco prevention program have helped thousands of Wisconsinites live tobacco-free lives,” Dier said.
“Wisconsin’s tobacco-cessation programs create long-term health care savings for Wisconsin taxpayers. More importantly, it means less heartbreak for the victims of tobacco dependence and their families.”
Dier graduated from Minnesota State-Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned his master’s degree in applied leadership for teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
“Thank you so much for a very informative presentation. You’ve given us the inspiration to begin a formal tobacco cessation program at all three of our clinics.”
Green Bay HeartCare
“Roger worked closely with our local tobacco control coalition and educated Manitowoc County healthcare professionals on how to treat dependence. As a result, seven medical/dental clinics and one hospital consistently provide assessment and treatment to people who smoke.”
Tobacco Control Coordinator,