The focus of this program was to link Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Programs and Coalitions to rural and underserved communities. The Program partnered local communities with state CCC programs and coalitions in eleven of thirteen Appalachian states.More
Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs across the nation work in their communities to promote healthy lifestyles and recommended cancer screenings, educate people about cancer symptoms, increase access to quality cancer care, & enhance cancer survivors' quality of life. They establish coalitions, assess the burden of cancer, and determine priorities.More
This connection is important because community intuition in the Appalachian region has consistently suspected that there is more cancer in the mountains than other areas of their states, or the country.More
Like our neighbors, we at ETSU have come to believe that health care, people's health outcomes and cultural influences on health are place-related.More
The value in considering disparities from a geographic or regional basis allows a look beyond mortality to other disparities in the availability and accessibility of services and in the delivery of care that result in a higher documented cancer incidence and mortality.More
Regional health disparities can be addressed when we engage community partners and foster conversations. Use the ideas and tools within this website to foster conversations between states and rural and underserved areas, between communities and individuals, and among families, health professionals, and cancer coalitions.More
|Toolkit: Roundtables and Forums|
|This Roundtable and Forum toolkit is for use by other groups to develop similar events. Our goal was to bring together local communities with state Comprehensive Cancer Control programs and coalitions in eleven of the thirteen Appalachian states as partners to identify unique characteristics of their populations and the influences on community participation in the state programs. We provided a variety of activities and small grants to states and communities to implement the regional forums, data-based roundtables, community cancer storytelling projects, and the distribution of professional publications about Appalachian cancer issues.
|Toolkit: Environment vs Lifestyle Forums|
|The forum format is a successful way to engage communities in civil discussion about perceptions of the sources of cancer and reinforcing the dialog with data from each side. Use this toolkit as a guide to plan your forum or as an instructional tool for planning sessions. The case study script
is provided to start discussion or you may want to develop your own to reflect local issues. This tool kit is presented as a series of slides. This resource may be used in conjunction with the Roundtables and Forums Toolkit
|This toolbox is presented as a discussion of the Cancer Storytelling project with recorded examples of the storytelling products accomplished. The scripts may be used as the foundational elements for constructing your local stories. The "how-to" instructions are illustrated by the videos and the scripts.
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Beginning in 2006 the ARC and CDC's Division of Cancer Control
collaborated in an Interagency Agreement to sponsor the
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans Implementation in Appalachian
Communities Program (from here on we'll call it "The Program"). The
Program was designed to understand how Appalachian community
factors influence involvement in organized cancer control activities,
from planning to implementation. ARC and CDC wanted to find ways to
enhance involvement from the Appalachian regions of states. An
Advisory Group of regional cancer leaders, along with ARC and CDC
representatives guided the Program, which designed and demonstrated multiple new approaches.
The Program partnered local communities with state CCC programs and coalitions in eleven of thirteen Appalachian states. Communities helped identify unique characteristics of their population and their influences on community participation in state programs. ETSU provided small grants for a variety of activities – regional cancer forums, data-based cancer roundtables, community cancer storytelling projects, and development and distribution of professional publications about Appalachian cancer issues.