Policy Tools for Rural Equity & Prosperity Webinar Series Recordings Available

June 2024, ChangeLab Solutions and the Geographic Health Equity Alliance facilitated a two-part webinar series, Policy Tools for Rural Equity & Prosperity, to explore rural policy solutions — and the policy process itself — as tools for addressing systemic barriers to health and prosperity. The recordings are now available.


Webinar Recording Available: “E-Cigarettes and Point-of-Sale Policies”

The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) partnered with the National Coalition Institute and Counter Tools to host a webinar titled “E-Cigarettes and Point-of-Sale Policies”. In this webinar, Jacob Delbridge showed how the retail environment impacts nicotine use and dependence among youth and young adults. Jacob also provided evidence of how a local tobacco retail license with point-of-sale policies can prevent youth access and use.


Tobacco Control News & Research – July 2024

Each month, GHEA aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Cancer Control News & Research – July 2024

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based cancer control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


National Network Resources for Special Populations July 2024

Every month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates upcoming webinars, events and other resources hosted by the CDC-funded National Networks.


Commercial Tobacco Control and Health Equity Sessions at CADCA’s Upcoming Mid-Year Training Institute

CADCA’s 23rd Annual Mid-Year Training Institute will take place in Chicago, IL from July 14-18, and will offer a large variety of sophisticated training sessions and workshops related to substance use and misuse prevention and more. GHEA has worked closely with experts in the field to curate workshops that are relevant for commercial tobacco-prevention and control professionals.


Webinar Recording now Available: “Introduction to Built Environment Approaches for Addressing Health”

On May 7th Taylor March from the Missourians for Responsible Transportation (MRT) hosted part 4 of this series with a webinar titled: “Introduction to Built Environment Approaches for Addressing Health”. The webinar recording and slides are now available.


Tobacco Control News & Research – June 2024

Each month, GHEA aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Cancer Control News & Research – June 2024

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based cancer control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


National Network Resources for Special Populations June 2024

Every month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates upcoming webinars, events and other resources hosted by the CDC-funded National Networks.


The Center for Black Health and Equity’s Position on Menthol

On April 26, despite bi-partisan support and recommendations from public health partners, federal action to remove mentholated commercial tobacco products from the market was postponed. This setback is a reminder of the critical importance of local and state action in creating safe and healthy communities. GHEA would like to highlight a position statement by one of our partners, The Center for Black Health and Equity, on the important of this issue to African American communities, and a call to action for coalitions across the US.


Webinar Recording now Available: Integrating Nutrition and Healthcare: The Essentials of the Food is Medicine Initiative

Heather Latino from Harvad Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and Meghana Sai Iragavarapu from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted part 3 of “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” series with a webinar titled “Integrating Nutrition and Healthcare: The Essentials of the Food is Medicine Initiative.” The webinar recording is now available.


Tobacco Control News & Research – May 2024

Each month, GHEA aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Cancer Control News & Research – May 2024

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based cancer control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


National Network Resources for Special Populations May 2024

Every month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates upcoming webinars, events and other resources hosted by the CDC-funded National Networks.


Webinar Recording now Available: Advocating for Policy Change to Support Expansion of Broadband Access

Dr. Whitney Zahnd from the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab at the University of Iowa hosted part 2 of the “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” webinar series on March 21st. This webinar, titled “Advocating for Policy Change to Support Expansion of Broadband Access”, walked through steps to articulate the need for broadband access-related policies at various levels within states and the impact that broadband access has on cancer prevention and control. Additionally, it described data sources, policy levers, and partnerships necessary to advocate for meaningful change. The webinar recording and slides are now available.


Taking Steps Towards a Commercial Tobacco-Free Future: Maryland Youth in Action!

We are thrilled to share the inspiring activities undertaken by the vibrant youth of Maryland as part of the Take Back Your 10 (TB10) youth movement, focusing on the prevention and control of commercial tobacco. On March 9, 2024, Maryland youth engaged in an eye-opening activity titled "Walking Around the Issue: Where Tobacco is Available in Your Community," aimed at raising awareness about the presence of tobacco retailers in our communities and its impact on our youth.


Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention Webinar Series

GHEA is partnering with SelfMade Health Network and Nuestras Voces Adelante to host a 4-part webinar series on policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that address upstream SDOH that contribute to increased cancer burden. This series will focus on HPV vaccination, broadband access, food security and the built environment. Dr. Whitney Zahnd from the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab at the University of Iowa will be hosting the first webinar titled, “Advocating for Policy Change to Support HPV Vaccination” on February 22nd at 1:30 PM EST. This webinar will walk through steps to articulate the need for HPV vaccination-related policies at various levels within states and will describe data sources, policy levers, and partnerships necessary to advocate for meaningful change. Registration is now open.


Tobacco Control News & Research – April 2024

Each month, GHEA aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Cancer Control News & Research – April 2024

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based cancer control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


National Network Resources for Special Populations April 2024

Every month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates upcoming webinars, events and other resources hosted by the CDC-funded National Networks.


Webinar Recording now Available: Advocating for Policy Change to Support HPV Vaccination

Dr. Whitney Zahnd from the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab at the University of Iowa hosted part 1 of the “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” webinar series on February 22nd. This webinar, titled “Advocating for Policy Change to Support HPV Vaccination”, walked through steps to articulate the need for HPV vaccination-related policies at various levels within states and described data sources, policy levers, and partnerships necessary to advocate for meaningful change. The webinar recording and slides are now available.


Cancer Control News & Research – March 2024

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based cancer control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Tobacco Control News & Research – March 2024

Each month, GHEA aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


National Network Resources for Special Populations March 2024

Every month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates upcoming webinars, events and other resources hosted by the CDC-funded National Networks.


The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) is one of nine CDC funded National Networks dedicated to reducing health disparities related to tobacco and cancer. Our focus is on reducing geographic health disparities, which we define as the differences in health behaviors, outcomes, and policies related to where people live, work, and play.

We are supported by CADCA, and jointly funded by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) through CDC-RFA-DP-23-0015: CDC’s National Network’s Driving Action: Preventing Tobacco- and Cancer-Related Health Disparities by Building Equitable Communities.


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