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NACCHO Supports Local Implementation of Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC)

What is Comprehensive Cancer Control

26256607-people-working-together_1Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) consists of collaborative strategies to leverage community resources for cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. Common CCC activities include implementation of strategies designed to reduce cancer risk, promote healthy lifestyles, ensure access to screenings/diagnostic technologies, and improve the quality of treatment and support services to enhance survivorship. Through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Division, CDC funds state-based CCC coalitions who work diligently to build infrastructure, leverage resources, conduct surveillance, determine priorities, and measure the impact of programs designed to improve cancer outcomes.


NACCHO supports local health departments (LHDs) in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies to improve population health. In line with its strategic map, NACCHO supports LHDs in championing effective cancer prevention approaches by:

  • Linking LHDs and state comprehensive cancer prevention and control (CCC) coalitions
  • Developing and sharing tools and publications to support members in enhancing local CCC efforts
  • Promoting model CCC practices
  • Supporting LHDs in developing and sustaining partnerships for CCC
  • Providing training and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of LHDs to implement local CCC activities
    In the Spotlight
    Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening:  The Role of Local Health Departments

    Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S., and a cause of considerable suffering among more than 140,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. 

    80% by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which over 170 organizations are committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of adults aged 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

    NACCHO encourages local health departments to undertake the following actions in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative:

    • Sign the 80% by 2018 pledge
    • Take action to ensure your LHD's colorectal cancer screening strategies are evidence-based tools (NACCHO Community Guide ToolkitCommunity GuideRTIPS).
    • Even if colorectal cancer screening is not one of your priorities, your communities can take action and use the 80% by 2018 promotion tools and resources in their own efforts to increase screening –make sure your communities know about 80% by 2018!

    Webinars and Trainings

    Ask the Expert Summary Now Available: Engaging with Local Health Departments for Cancer Control

    On May 12, 2015 Brandie Adams, of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) moderated a discussion hosted by GW Cancer Institute about how to create collaborations between local health departments and state Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) coalitions. The discussion featured Kevin Hughes, Deputy Health Officer at District Health Department #10 and Polly Hager, CCC Program Director at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Click here to review the session summary.

    Free Online Training for Patient Navigators

    The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Institute is excited to launch the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals through its Online Academy. Through a series of self-paced modules, the training walks participants through: 

    • An overview of patient navigation and core competencies
    • The basics of health care 
    • The basics of patient navigation
    • Enhancing communication
    • Professionalism
    • Enhancing practice

    For more information, please visit http://gwcehp.learnercommunity.com/cancer-institute

    New Continuing Education for Providers on Colorectal Cancer Screening 

    CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is pleased to make available two new CDC-sponsored continuing education courses for health care providers: "Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality." One version is intended for primary care providers, and the other is intended for clinicians who perform colonoscopies. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.

    Colorectal cancer screening can save lives, but well-documented problems with screening implementation in clinical practice can reduce its effectiveness. These courses provide guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. The courses were developed by a group of nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including primary care clinicians, gastroenterologists, and leaders in public health programs and research.

    The courses can be accessed free of charge at www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/quality/

    Implementing Comprehensive Cancer Control at the Local Level: A Screencast

    This screencast helps provides an overview of resources available for enhancing cancer prevention and control efforts at the local level.

    View the screencast to learn how to help local cancer partners do the following:

    • Organize a coalition and build its capacity
    • Leverage community support and engage stakeholders
    • Determine jurisdictional priorities for cancer prevention and control
    • Develop a strategic plan for achieving cancer prevention and control priorities
    • Partner with NCCCP-funded state comprehensive cancer control coalitions to achieve local priorities
    • Implement evidence-based approaches for addressing the cancer problem in your community
    • Evaluate impact of coalition activities on the cancer burden

    Click here to view the screencast.




    To submit a technical assistance request or get connected with your state's CCC coalition, contact Brandie Adams, MPH at badams@naccho.org or (202) 507-4210.

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