Data Resources for the Inclusion of Rural in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning

There has been an increasing call to include rural data, partners, goals, objectives and strategies in comprehensive cancer control planning. On June 7th, the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab, in collaboration with GHEA, hosted a webinar focused on the inclusion of rural data in comprehensive cancer control planning processes. This article provides an overview of the data sources described in that webinar and shares new rural data resources that have become available since then. These sources provide a relatively comprehensive overview of relevant data sources for comprehensive cancer control programs and coalitions to use in their planning and evaluation processes.  

Tobacco Control News & Research – August 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 – August 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.

GHEA’s Summer Webinar Series – Register Today!

With summer in full swing, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) is highlighting two exciting webinar series that we don’t want you to miss out on. We invite you to join us for our upcoming tobacco- and cancer- prevention and control webinars and watch the recordings of the archived webinars.

Cancer Control News & Research – July 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 – July 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.

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.

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.

Cancer Control News & Research – May 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 – May 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.

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.

Tobacco Control News & Research – April 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 – April 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.

Protecting Local Authority to Adopt Local Solutions

In community-based prevention, researchers and professionals have realized that the best solution for one community may not be the same for another. The best solution to address problems in a community often comes from the folks most heavily impacted. Laws and policies adopted at the local level are key to improving health outcomes and reducing inequities because they are community specific solutions.

Complete CADCA’s Annual Survey Today for a Chance to Win $$$

The Annual Survey of Coalitions is CADCA’s largest data gathering effort. CADCA welcomes all community substance misuse prevention coalitions (including tobacco) to participate and share your coalitions' successes. Coalitions that complete the survey by Friday, April 22nd will be entered for a chance to win one of several gift cards! By participating in the survey and sharing your prevention activities, strategies, and successes, you enable CADCA to provide coalitions with the most up-to-date research and the resources that they need.

GHEA is Accepting Proposals for an Evaluator!

GHEA is now accepting proposals for an evaluator! The contractor will evaluate GHEA’s trainings and technical assistance to tobacco- and cancer-control programs. The deadline for submission is 5 PM EST on April 15, 2022.

Cancer Control News & Research – March 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 – March 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.

Addressing the Off-Campus Tobacco Retail Environment to Enhance Tobacco Free Colleges

With many local and state smokefree laws not covering college or university campuses, these institutions have had to work hard to create smokefree environments on campus for their students and staff. The hard work doesn’t have to end there. Considering the off-campus retail environment in tobacco control efforts can be the perfect next step to further protecting the health of college students and their communities.

Tobacco Control News & Research – February 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 – February 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 – January 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 – January 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.

GHEA Takes a Look Back at 2021

As we near the end of 2021, GHEA wishes you a happy holiday season and New Year. Thank you all for your dedication to making our country a healthier place for everyone, regardless of their location. Our feature article this month is a recap of the programs and resources we’ve developed with all our wonderful network partners throughout the year.

Tobacco Control News & Research – December 2021

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 – December 2021

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 – November 2021

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 2021

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 – October 2021

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 – October 2021

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.

E-Cigarette Instagram Posts and Their Youth Appeal

Dr. Jordan Alpert presents “E-Cigarette Instagram Posts and Their Youth Appeal,” a webinar recording and accompanying article on the characteristics of popular social media posts related to electronic cigarettes on Instagram. Dr. Alpert shares the implications his research findings have for public health programs addressing media literacy skills to educate young adults about electronic cigarette content viewed on social media.

Tobacco Control News & Research – September 2021

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 – September 2021

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 – August 2021

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 – August 2021

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.

GHEA Receives Supplemental Funding to Support State Tobacco-Control Programs

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has awarded supplemental funding to GHEA and the seven other National Networks to promote health equity and reduce commercial-tobacco-related health disparities.

Cancer Control News & Research – July 2021

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 – July 2021

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.

Banning Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco: Now is the Time!

Michael Scott from The Center for Black Health & Equity presents “Banning Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco: Now is the Time!” This presentation provides an overview of how Big Tobacco continues to target menthol/flavored tobacco to African American and other priority populations and shares how you can initiate or support menthol flavor bans in your community.

Cancer Control News & Research – June 2021

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 2021

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.

Success Stories – Youth and Tobacco Control

For years, coalitions have searched for the most effective ways to engage young people in prevention. No effort has seen greater and more lasting success in creating authentic and meaningful roles for youth than tobacco control. Guided by established best practices from the CDC, tobacco control groups have engaged and utilized young people at every level of prevention campaigns. This presentation by Nigel Wrangham, CADC II, CPS, Master Trainer for CADCA, shares evidence-based strategies to meaningfully engage and involve youth in population-level change.

Tobacco Control News & Research – May 2021

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2021

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.

The (Other) Dark Side of the Commercial Tobacco Industry

Kyra Hill, J.D., from the Public Health Law Center presents her 2021 National Leadership Forum session, “Tackling Tobacco Trash: How do we address tobacco product pollution?” The presentation addresses the commercial tobacco product pollution problem and discusses potential policy tools to tackle it.

Tobacco Control News & Research – April 2021

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2021

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.

Equitable Policy Making in Commercial Tobacco Control

Derek Carr, J.D., and Jessica Breslin, J.D., from ChangeLab Solutions present “Equitable Policymaking in Commercial Tobacco Control.” This presentation addresses the importance and need for applying a health equity framework in every step of the policymaking and implementation process. It requires not only working to reduce tobacco-related health disparities, but also moving further upstream to address the social and structural determinants—the root causes—of tobacco use and poor health.

Cancer Control News & Research – March 2021

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 2021

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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.

Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative 2020 – Highlights from Tobacco Control Programs

Last year, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance and Counter Tools facilitated the inaugural Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative for National Comprehensive Cancer Control and National Tobacco Control Programs. This month, we are highlighting some geographic surveillance efforts by the national tobacco control programs of Florida, Georgia and Indiana.

Tobacco Control News & Research – February 2021

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 – February 2021

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.

Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative 2020 – Highlights from Cancer Control Programs

Last year, CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) and Counter Tools facilitated the inaugural Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative for National Comprehensive Cancer Control and National Tobacco Control Programs. This month, we are highlighting some geographic surveillance efforts by the comprehensive cancer control programs of Alaska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Tobacco Control News & Research – January 2021

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2021

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.

Building Healthy Communities Through the Retail Environment

The retail environment provides many of the products that result in unhealthy behaviors (tobacco use, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol use). How can we create a retail environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice? Some important strategies involve addressing the availability, promotion and price of tobacco products, foods and beverages and alcohol in stores.

Tobacco Control News & Research – December 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 – December 2020

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 Retailer Licensing Considerations for Rural Communities

In the United States, rates of tobacco use are higher in rural than urban populations, yet rural communities often lack the tobacco control policy coverage present in more urban areas. While there are several reasons why policy adoption may be more challenging in rural areas, some rural communities have found success with local-level tobacco control policies.

Tobacco Control News & Research – November 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2020

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.

Using the Science of Story Building

The tobacco industry is infamous for using marketing and messaging to market their products to children and marginalized populations, and to influence tobacco legislation. For public health advocates to be successful in fighting against these harmful strategies, we must ensure that when we communicate, we aren’t yelling into the wind, but are strategic in our purposes and using the best of what social science teaches us. This month’s feature article explores how to use story building to move beyond awareness-raising and inspire belief and behavior change.

Cancer Control News & Research – October 2020

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 – October 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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.

Step Into the World of Your Audience

When it comes to promoting healthy behaviors and the causes we care about, why do people have such wildly different responses? Despite our best work communicating for a safe, drug- and tobacco-free community, we often face resistance to real change. Research shows that building effective communications strategy requires us to look beyond our personal interests and focus instead on the people we’re supporting and what they care about most.

Tobacco Control News & Research – September 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 – September 2020

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.

Reducing Tobacco Disparities with Minimum Floor Price Laws

According to the Surgeon General, raising the price of tobacco products is one of the most effective strategies for reducing initiation, decreasing consumption and increasing cessation. While excise taxes are a common strategy for increasing tobacco prices, minimum floor price laws are another promising non-tax strategy with the potential to reduce health disparities.

Cancer Control News & Research – August 2020

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 – August 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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.

Effective Law & Policy: Incorporating Equity at Every Stage

Natasha Phelps, J.D. from the Public Health Law Center presents “Effective Law & Policy: Incorporating equity at every stage.” This presentation addresses the need and blueprint to identify, incorporate, and maintain equity in all stages of public health law and policy work so that it is effective.

Cancer Control News & Research – July 2020

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 – July 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure: A Social Justice Issue

Many states and localities have adopted comprehensive smoke-free laws. However, there are over 58 million Americans still exposed to secondhand smoke today. A closer look at which communities are left unprotected reveals clear health inequities and points to a need for smoke-free protections for all as a strategy to advance social justice.

Tobacco Control News & Research – June 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2020

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.

How to Engage Rural Communities with Strategic Communications

Building support for smoke-free policies and interventions requires strategic communications that can capture the attention of rural communities. To create effective communications, advocates need to develop messages and tactics that connect to what a community cares about and share these messages in places where they know their audience is looking. By Rakeem Robinson, Center for Public Interest Communications

Tobacco Control News & Research – May 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2020

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.

Place Matters for our Health, and Tobacco Retailers Play a Significant Part

Over the last few years, several corporate-owned chains and franchise stores have made commitments to reducing youth tobacco access. Conversely, other franchises have started selling tobacco, which has increased tobacco retailer density in some regions. These changes can have a significant impact on a community's tobacco retail market depending on the geographic location of that community. By: Elizabeth Gerndt, Counter Tools

Tobacco Control News & Research – April 2020

Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (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 2020

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.

Welcome to the Geographic Health Equity Alliance

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new website for the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA), a CADCA Initiative.

Tobacco Control News & Research – March 2020

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

Cancer Control News & Research – March 2020

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 post is updated regularly throughout the month.

Coalitions Work and Social Change Happens

According to the CDC, a state’s tobacco control program cannot be considered truly comprehensive unless coalitions within individual communities are created to actively advocate for policy change. Coalitions can drastically improve the efforts of a comprehensive program.

Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Fortunately, there is an effective means of prevention, through one of several relatively simple CRC screening tests.

Emerging Public Health Challenge: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)

Probably the most urgent, and confusing, issue in the world of smoking prevention is the rising popularity of e-cigarettes. So much is unknown about the health risks, and that is worrisome to many health professionals, including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Rebecca Barn” Debuts in West Virginia

In collaboration with CDC, Greg Puckett, and Scott Hagan, aka The Barn Artist – among others – GHEA participated in the unveiling of the “Rebecca Barn”, the first in the nation to feature a Tips from Former Smokers campaign personality.

Great Stuff About Snuff: Smokeless Tobacco Burns

The Great American Spit Out occurs today. Yes, CADCA is encouraging our coalitions to give your community members permission to spit. Permanently.

A Southern Approach to Tobacco Control

Tobacco Prevention in a Southern Tobacco State: A Perspective on North Carolina’s Approach Saying that tobacco has an important place in North Carolina’s history is something of an understatement. Tobacco leaves are carved into state government buildings and helped build some of our best universities. Despite our history, we have achieved some important milestones in tobacco control in North Carolina and thought others may be interested in the approach taken in our state.

How States and Communities Are Taking Action to Reduce Impact of Menthol Cigarettes

Menthol cigarettes have been used for years to target vulnerable populations and are consumed by nearly half of all youth smokers. The cooling properties of menthol reduce the harshness of tobacco and the irritation of nicotine in cigarettes. As a result, menthol cigarettes are a popular choice among those first starting to smoke.

Southern Approaches to Tobacco Prevention/Secondhand Smoke Exposure

A quick look at the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) map of smokefree protections for the United States reveals that there is much work to be done throughout the South. Lay that map over any demographic map of the United States and you will see layers of disparities.

Breast Cancer: An Equal Opportunity Offender

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women and will be responsible for about a half million deaths this year. It’s also a silent killer: aside from genetics, little is known about what causes breast cancer in women younger than 45. So it’s important for all women to screen themselves, no matter what the age.