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The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) and its partners at the Wake Forest School of Medicine recently released Call to Action: Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities.

Rural Americans are a population group that experiences significant health disparities. Primary factors driving these disparities include a lack of access to healthcare, socioeconomic status, unhealthy behaviors, and chronic conditions.

The publication shines a light onto ways leaders can address rural disparities along the cancer continuum. Call to Action provides GHEA’s geographic health equity model, which can be applied to better identify contributors to rural disparities in cancer and tobacco and implement the most appropriate place-based promising practices.

This publication also aims to provide some new ideas, spark engaging conversations among the public health field, and ultimately, move the reader to take action.