National Network Resources for Special Populations

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


PLACES: Local Data for Better Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PLACES database was created through a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation. The PLACES website is a public, interactive resource. Users can view and download data by county, place, census tract, and Zip Code Tabulations Area (ZCTA). New PLACES data was released in December 2022.


Tobacco Control News & Research – January 2023

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 – January 2023

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.


Webinar Recording Available: Engaging Rural Partners in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning

Collaboration is imperative for comprehensive cancer control programs and the development and update of state comprehensive cancer control plans. This webinar included a panel of cancer coalitions and comprehensive cancer control program evaluators who shared how they engaged rural partners throughout their respective states through coalition workgroups, surveys, focus groups, and other efforts. 


A New Best Practices User Guide: Tobacco Where You Live – Mapping Techniques

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis published a new addition to the best practice user guide for state tobacco control programs: Tobacco Where You Live – Mapping Techniques.


Cancer Control News & Research – December 2022

Each month, 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 – December 2022

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 Rural Health Day: The Power of Collaboration to Advance Equity in Rural Cancer Control

It is a common trope in business, healthcare and many other sectors—to be effective in our work, we cannot be confined to silos. While it may be a cliché, it is also true! Collaboration is key to success in any endeavor. This is particularly true in reducing rural health inequities. As we recognize National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 17, 2022, we know that collaboration—not working in silos—will advance cancer and rural equity.


Tobacco Control News & Research – November 2022

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 – November 2022

Each month, 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.


Webinar Recording Available: Identifying and Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning

GHEA and the University of Iowa’s Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity Lab hosted "Identifying and Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning" on October 26, 2022. This webinar highlighted examples of evidence-based strategies for cancer control and how these have been effectively implemented in rural communities, organizations and clinical settings. Watch the recording today!


A Look at E-Cigarette Use Among Youth in America in 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published results from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) assessing current trends among youth who use e-cigarettes across the country.


The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) is one of eight 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-DP18-1808: Networking2Save: CDC’s National Network Approach to Preventing and Controlling Tobacco-related Cancers in Special Populations.


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