Webinar Recording Available: Defining and Describing Rural Communities in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning

GHEA and the University of Iowa’s Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity Lab hosted "Defining and Describing Rural Communities in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning" on June 7, 2022. This webinar focused on how rural is commonly defined, what data sources are available to describe the rural cancer burden and cancer risk factors to incorporate into comprehensive cancer control plans.


Cancer Control News & Research – June 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 – June 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 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. This page is updated regularly throughout the month.


Upcoming Local Control Webinar Series

Local governments are on the front lines of adopting laws and policies that have the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities. CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance, in collaboration with Counter Tools, is hosting a three-part webinar series to equip attendees with an understanding of why local policy solutions are so important, lessons learned from local policy implementation efforts and innovative policy strategies built at the local-level. 


Resources to Advance Rural Health and Well-Being in America

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has compiled a collection of resources that focus on factors that impact health and opportunities in rural communities and advance health equity in America.


Getting to Know Truth: Resources for Inspiring Lives Free from Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine

In an early celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2022, CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) partnered with the Truth Initiative to present “Getting to Know Truth: Resources for Inspiring Lives Free from Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine” on May 25th, 2022. This webinar introduced participants to free resources that are available via the Truth Initiative. These resources included the truth® campaign and its evaluation; Vaping: Know the Truth (a vaping prevention program); This is Quitting (a text message based vaping cessation program for youth and young adults); and community, and youth engagement programs.


Framing Tobacco Disparities: A Collection of Free Messaging Guides for Tobacco Prevention Staff and Partners

ChangeLab Solutions has recently released their collection of Framing Tobacco Disparities resources. These evidence-informed resources are intended to help tobacco prevention and control staff and their partners learn how to frame tobacco-related health disparities messages in ways that reduce racial biases and foster support for effective policy solutions.


Strategies to Include Rural in Cancer Control Plans (An Upcoming Webinar Series)

April marks National Cancer Control Month, a time to re-affirm our awareness of and commitment to cancer control activities. The need for rural-specific cancer prevention and control activities have been increasingly emphasized in recent years, with national recommendations focusing on reducing rural cancer mortality disparities. Learn more about our upcoming webinar series on how comprehensive cancer control plans can meaningfully include rural health in their program planning processes among states, tribal organizations and territories.


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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