Policy Tools for Rural Equity & Prosperity Webinar Series

ChangeLab Solutions and the Geographic Health Equity Alliance invite you to join us for a two-part webinar series, Policy Tools for Rural Equity & Prosperity, in which we’ll explore rural policy solutions — and the policy process itself — as tools for addressing systemic barriers to health and prosperity.

Webinar Recording now Available: Integrating Nutrition and Healthcare: The Essentials of the Food is Medicine Initiative

Heather Latino from Harvad Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and Meghana Sai Iragavarapu from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted part 3 of “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” series with a webinar titled “Integrating Nutrition and Healthcare: The Essentials of the Food is Medicine Initiative.” The webinar recording is now available.

Webinar Recording now Available: Advocating for Policy Change to Support Expansion of Broadband Access

Dr. Whitney Zahnd from the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab at the University of Iowa hosted part 2 of the “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” webinar series on March 21st. This webinar, titled “Advocating for Policy Change to Support Expansion of Broadband Access”, walked through steps to articulate the need for broadband access-related policies at various levels within states and the impact that broadband access has on cancer prevention and control. Additionally, it described data sources, policy levers, and partnerships necessary to advocate for meaningful change. The webinar recording and slides are now available.

Webinar Recording now Available: Advocating for Policy Change to Support HPV Vaccination

Dr. Whitney Zahnd from the Advancing Cancer and Rural Equity (ACRE) Lab at the University of Iowa hosted part 1 of the “Upstream Approaches in Cancer Prevention” webinar series on February 22nd. This webinar, titled “Advocating for Policy Change to Support HPV Vaccination”, walked through steps to articulate the need for HPV vaccination-related policies at various levels within states and described data sources, policy levers, and partnerships necessary to advocate for meaningful change. The webinar recording and slides are now available.

GHEA Receives Five More Years of Funding

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.

Telehealth across the Cancer Continuum

Rural residents face unique challenges when it comes to accessing quality, comprehensive cancer care which has greatly impacted their ability to lead a healthy life. Residents of rural areas typically have limited access to cancer care specialists, relying on primary care providers for their care. Despite having a lower incidence of cancer in these areas, this lack of access to specialized cancer care has caused a higher cancer mortality rate in rural America. However, telehealth can be an effective way to improve access to cancer-related care for rural patients, from prevention to survivorship.

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable: HPV Vaccination Starts at Age 9 Communications Toolkit

The HPV vaccine is routinely recommended to male and female youth and adolescents. New evidence shows that early vaccination, at age 9, can significantly boost vaccine initiation and completion rates, address disparities in access, and prevent more cancers. The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable developed a communications toolkit to assist hospital systems and state and local health departments in implementing age 9 HPV vaccination messaging.

Increasing Food Security Efforts Across the Cancer Continuum: A Toolkit for Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions from the American Cancer Society

Food insecurity has major ramifications on an individual’s health, causing increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental health disorders. Recent research shows that low food security is much higher among cancer survivors and their caregivers, causing greater cancer-related challenges such as decreased quality of life, depression, medication nonadherence and cancer progression. To help address this disparity, the American Cancer Society recently released a food security toolkit to assist comprehensive cancer control coalitions in their efforts to address food security among cancer survivors.