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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.