CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA), is thrilled to announce that they have received five more years of funding from a jointly funded cooperative agreement through CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). GHEA is a recipient of CDC-RFA-DP-23-0015: CDC’s National Networks Driving Action: Preventing Tobacco- and Cancer- related Health Disparities by Building Equitable Communities.

This funding supports nine national networks to advance the prevention of commercial tobacco use and cancer in populations disproportionately experiencing tobacco- and cancer-related health disparities. GHEA will continue to primarily focus on geographically defined populations with high commercial tobacco use and related health disparities.

Over the past ten years, GHEA has worked with state and local partners to reduce geographic health disparities related to commercial tobacco and cancer. During previous grant cycles, GHEA’s training and technical assistance has been organized around three annual multi-state learning collaboratives, with a focus on:

  • Promoting tobacco-control policies in places that need them most through GHEA’s Tobacco-Control Policy Learning Collaborative
  • Improving geographic surveillance systems and state policy surveillance efforts through GHEA’s Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative
  • Reducing disparities in HPV vaccination in populations with low SES characteristics, Hispanics and geographically disparate communities, through GHEA’s HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative (in partnership with SelfMade Health, Nuestras Voces and APPEAL)

GHEA is excited to continue to build upon these collaboratives and we will be diligently working to grow our existing portfolio of training and technical assistance activities to better serve the communities with which we work.

This newly awarded funding will allow GHEA and the other National Networks to increase their customized training and technical assistance to state tobacco-control programs and comprehensive cancer control programs. Each National Network will focus on 1) providing training and technical assistance to state and local NTCP and NCCCP grantees in the implementation of policy, systems and environmental change strategies 2) establishing Community of Practices that focus on the driving factors that influence people’s health and 3) disseminating mass-reach health communications.

Health Equity is at the heart of the future work of the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP), and the National Networks will play an important role in supporting state programs in implementing a community-led approach to implementing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and activities.

If you are part of the NTCP or NCCCP and would like to learn more about GHEA’s training and technical assistance offerings or would like help implementing culturally appropriate policy, systems and environmental strategies and activities which seek to improve health equity, please email