The Geographic Health Equity Alliance 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 is the first webinar in the 4-part series, “Rural Inclusion in Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning”, designed to help Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs, coalitions, and partners meaningfully include rural in their planning processes. This first 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.

Webinar objectives:

  • To understand the need for inclusion of rural data in comprehensive cancer control planning. 
  • To define rural using different federal definitions. 
  • To identify rural-relevant data on cancer burden and risk factors as well as population and social determinants of health data.
  • To integrate rural-relevant data into comprehensive cancer control plans. 

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Whitney Zahnd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Management and Policy

University of Iowa


Check out the registration information for next webinars in this series!