Webinar Recording Available: Building the Rationale for Local Policy Change

The ability for cities and towns to tailor laws is vitally important to ensuring these policies adhere to the wants and needs of the communities they impact. In this webinar, speakers will provide a broad rationale for local-level policy efforts and the implications for public health, as well as insight on strategies that have proven successful for local policy implementation. 

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. 

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.

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.

The 2022 State of Tobacco Control: Celebrating 20 Years of Progress and Looking Ahead

The American Lung Association (ALA) recently released their 20th annual State of Tobacco Control report. The report highlights state and federal level progress in reducing commercial tobacco use with an emphasis on health disparities related to tobacco use.

Legislative Briefs Highlighting Rural Health and Health Equity

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recently published two policy briefs on Health Equity and Rural Health for their Legislative Prospectus series. These briefs anticipate trends in public health law, summarize upcoming legislation proposals that impact public health and provide a short review to help bring readers up to speed in time for upcoming legislative sessions.

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.

Tobacco Control and Health Equity Sessions at CADCA’s 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum

CADCA's National Leadership Forum is right around the corner! If you are attending, we have curated a number of sessions that are relevant for tobacco-prevention and control professionals. This year, our recommended sessions include presentations by CDC’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and our fellow CDC National Network, The National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

Webinar Recording Available: Youth Led Efforts – Current Trends of E-Cig & Tobacco

A panel of experts from CDC's National Networks present “Community Lead Efforts: Current Trends of E-Cig/ Vaping & Youth Elevating the Movement Towards Health Equity for All.” This webinar discusses how to approach tobacco and e-cigarette use through youth engagement and strategies that affect special populations across the nation through a lens of racial, ethnic, geographic and social health equity.

CDC Releases New Data for the 2021 PLACES Project

CDC recently announced the release of new data for their PLACES project. PLACES allows counties, communities and local health departments, regardless of population size and urban-rural status, to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their jurisdictions and assists them in planning public health interventions.

New Tobacco Control Guide to Help Put Evidence into Practice

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has published a new Best Practices User Guide, “Putting Evidence into Practice in Tobacco Prevention and Control,” in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science. This User Guide is designed to help programs share information about effective ways to reduce commercial tobacco use and put new or improved tobacco control interventions into practice.

Webinar Recording Available: E-Cigarette Collection and Disposal in Schools

GHEA and the Public Health Law Center recently presented “E-Cigarette Collection and Disposal in Schools: ABCs and FAQs.” This webinar discussed the hazardous waste status of e-cigarettes, highlighted current local and state efforts, and shared best practices that schools (and other public entities) can adopt to handle and regulate these products.

New Report on E-Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students

Youth e-cigarette use remains a serious public health concern amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the CDC and FDA analyzed national data and found that more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes in 2021, and almost 85% of those youth use flavored e-cigarettes.

Health Equity Tip Sheet to Help Update Cancer Control Plans

The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership has a series of Cancer Plan Tip Sheets available to help Comprehensive Cancer Control program staff, coalition staff and volunteers to update their cancer plans. Most recently, a Tip Sheet for Health Equity was published, which outlines steps to help address health equity when revising cancer plans.

Interactive State Cancer Control Profiles to Help Guide Cancer Control Efforts

The State Cancer Profiles website provides data, maps and graphs to help guide and prioritize cancer control activities at the state and local levels.

Tobacco Control and Health Equity Sessions at CADCA’s Upcoming Mid-Year Training Institute

CADCA’s 20th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute will be held virtually from July 9-15, 2021 and will offer 100+ sophisticated training sessions and workshops related to substance use and misuse prevention and more. GHEA has worked closely with experts in the field to curate workshops that are relevant for tobacco-prevention and control professionals.

Webinar: Cancer, Obesity and Place

Join GHEA and Counter Tools for the “Cancer, Obesity and Place” webinar on Friday, June 25, from 1-2 pm EDT. This session will explain the connection between where we live, work and play and the impact it has on obesity, why this matters to cancer control programs and what policy options could help address these issues.

The 2021 State of Tobacco Control: Federal and State Government Evaluation

Earlier this year, the American Lung Association released its 19th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report. This report evaluates federal and state government’s tobacco control laws and policies and serves as a roadmap for what they can do to eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

Webinar: Health Communication Resources to Support Your Tobacco Control and Prevention Goals

GHEA partnered with the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health to present “Health Communication Resources to Support Your Tobacco Control and Prevention Goals. This webinar discussed the role of health communications in supporting tobacco prevention and control goals and familiarized attendees with the resources available at CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center.

Share Your Story! CDC Tips is Recruiting New Participants

The CDC is currently recruiting participants to be featured in future Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaigns. They are seeking former smokers and their caregivers to tell stories about how their lives have changed due to smoking-related diseases. Recruitment closes May 14, 2021.

2021 Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative-Applications Now Open!

CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance and Counter Tools are excited to announce the upcoming 2021 Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative for National Tobacco Control and National Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs. Applications are due by Friday, April 30, 2021.

CDC Launches the 2021 Tips Campaign, Marking its 10 Year Anniversary

CDC released a new round of Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) Campaign resources, including social media content, videos, print ads, buttons, badges and other content tailored for specific audiences. This year marks 10 years since the first launch of the campaign.

Spanish Webinar on Youth Engagement in Tobacco Control

GHEA is partnering with CADCA’s Youth Leadership and Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network to present a Spanish adaptation of the “Youth Engagement in Tobacco Control: Getting Started” webinar on Wednesday, March 17, from 2 – 3:30 pm EST.

ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 Reports on the Current State of Cancer in the U.S.

The American Cancer Society recently released its Cancer Facts & Figures for 2021. This annual report provides the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment. The report’s Special Section focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer in the United States.

Tobacco Control and E-Cigarette Sessions at CADCA’s 2021 National Leadership Forum

In preparation for CADCA's upcoming National Leadership Forum, GHEA worked closely with experts in the field to curate a number of sessions and that are relevant for tobacco-prevention and control professionals.

Webinar: Perception of Harm from E-Cigarettes and Support for a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

GHEA and CADCA’s Evaluation and Research Team presented January’s installment of Research Into Action, featuring Dr. Matthew Rossheim who discussed his latest study’s findings on perception of harm of secondhand exposure to e-cigarette emissions and support for tobacco-free campus policies among college students.

Two-Part Webinar Series on Youth Engagement in Tobacco Control

GHEA has partnered with CADCA’s Youth Leadership Initiative and Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network to present a two-part webinar series, “Youth Engagement in Tobacco Control.” The first webinar outlined a foundation for an authentic and equitable youth program focused on achieving population-level change in tobacco and other substance misuse prevention efforts. The webinar recording is now available.

CDC Expands Local Area Health Estimates in new PLACES Project

The PLACES Project allows counties, communities and local health departments, regardless of population size and urban-rural status, to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their jurisdictions and assists them in planning public health interventions.

New ACS Website Provides Resources for CCC Programs and Coalitions

The American Cancer Society’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Initiative (ACS CCC) recently launched their new website, with resources to help comprehensive cancer control programs and coalitions implement evidence-based interventions and policy, systems and environmental changes.

Webinar: Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America

GHEA partnered with the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Maine Public Health Institute at the University of Southern Maine to present the webinar “Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America,” on October 30. The webinar presented current rural tobacco prevention and control activities and shared strategies and recommendations for advancing tobacco control in rural communities across the country.

New Guide to Best Practices in Tobacco Retail Licensing for Your City, County or State

Tobacco retail licensing (TRL) has become a vital regulatory tool that enables states and localities to ensure retailers comply with responsible retailing practices. The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation recently released a guide, “Tobacco Retail Licensing: An Essential Tool to Reduce Youth Usage and Foster Health Equity,” which provides detailed information on best practices in TRL.

2020 Tri-Network HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative

The Geographic Health Equity Alliance, Nuestras Voces Network and Selfmade Health Network are excited to announce the inaugural Tri-Networks HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative for Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Programs and partners.

Policy Surveillance and Legal Mapping Resources – Tools for Improving Public Health

LawAtlas.org is the flagship policy surveillance website of Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR). The website houses over 100 policy surveillance legal maps and hosts a comprehensive series of free training modules on policy surveillance skills and competencies.

Webinar: Tobacco Minimum Floor Price Laws and Adult Smoking Prevalence

GHEA and CADCA’s Evaluation and Research Team have partnered with Counter Tools to present this month’s installment of Research Into Action, focusing on minimum floor price laws on tobacco.

Surveillance and Evaluation Webinar Series Explores the Role of Evaluation in Tobacco Control

The Surveillance and Evaluation Webinar Series shares information on evaluation best and promising practices and explores the different roles of evaluation in tobacco control work.

COVID-19 and Health Equity Resources from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

COVID-19 has impacted communities throughout in the United States, though certain groups are disproportionately suffering from the pandemic. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has developed a collection of resources and perspectives on COVID-19 and health equity.

New Report and Webinar on the Rural Quitline Evaluation Project

The National Jewish Health (NJH) Project - Rural Quitline Evaluation report helps NJH and state quitline funders better understand the barriers and facilitators to engaging and sustaining rural tobacco users in quitline services.

2020 Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative

CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance and Counter Tools are excited to announce the inaugural Geographic Surveillance Learning Collaborative for National Tobacco Control and Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs.

New Release: 2020 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

Cancer experts release a new report on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. Part I of the report presents the latest cancer statistics; part II highlights progress towards achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives related to lung, colorectal, female breast and prostate cancers.

Social Media Toolkit for Emerging Issues in Commercial Tobacco Use

The George Washington University Cancer Center, in collaboration with the CDC’s National Networks, released a social media toolkit for emerging issues in commercial tobacco use prevention and cessation.

Webinar: Why Point of Sale Matters

GHEA and CADCA’s Evaluation and Research Team have partnered with Counter Tools to present this month’s installment of Research Into Action focusing on tobacco Retail Strategies.

CDC Provides Customized Cessation Resources for Your Organization

CDC’s 2020 Tips campaign provides free resources customized for partner organizations to help people in their communities quit smoking.

CDC Launches 2020 Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) Campaign

CDC released a new round of Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) Campaign resources, including social media content, videos, print ads, buttons and badges and other content tailored for specific audiences.

Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General

The office of the Surgeon General released a report on smoking cessation in the United States, highlighting health disparities related to tobacco by geographic region.

Toolkit: Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America

Rural residents in the United States are disproportionately affected by tobacco use and its associated health burdens. A recently developed toolkit outlines a tailored approach to tobacco prevention and control in rural areas.

Webinar: The Science of What Makes People Care

CADCA and its Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) are proud to present this special edition of Research Into Action focusing on public health communications strategy.

Joint Policy Statement: Impact of Menthol on Tobacco Disparity Populations

Networking for Health Equity, the alliance of all eight CDC funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks, is proud to release the attached policy statement about the impact of menthol on tobacco disparity populations.

Webinar: Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth E-cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Use

CADCA’s Evaluation and Research Team and the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) partnered with Counter Tools to present this month’s installment of Research Into Action focusing on tobacco retail licensing as a viable strategy to reduce youth e-cigarette use.

CDC Launches 2019 Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) Campaign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched their 2019 Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign.

Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities Publication

GHEA and its partners at the Wake Forest School of Medicine recently released Call to Action: Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Reducing Cigarette Smoking

The CDC’s “Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs” details evidence-based, statewide tobacco control programs that have dramatically reduced smoking rates, and therefore tobacco-related diseases and deaths.

Youth Involvement in Anti-Tobacco Efforts

Young people are influenced by their parents and teachers, but most powerfully by their peers. Whether it’s the clothes they

Monitoring the Future – National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2014

Monitoring the Future (MTF) is designed to give sustained attention to substance use among the nation’s youth and adults.