The Road to better health; a guide to promoting cancer prevention in your community
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    Cancer takes a toll on communities across the United States. It's a complex disease that affects people in each city, town, and neighborhood differently. Prevention is the best way to fight cancer. This means getting people to do things that will protect their health--like get screened, quit smoking, and exercise more. It also means bringing together local leaders to support local cancer prevention efforts. Communities like yours can help lead the way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) developed this tool kit to help community groups like yours guide their communities toward better health. This tool kit can help you: Educate people on how cancer affects your community; Give people tips on how to lower their cancer risk; Work with other groups and community leaders to make sure people have the information and services they need; Become known as a community leader in the fight against cancer; Use DCPC's tools and materials to spread the word. You can use this tool kit to develop a community outreach strategy--a plan of action to get information about cancer prevention to the people in your county, state, tribal community, or territory. You can tailor the content of the tool kit to meet the needs of your community and to address your group's mission and resources. You don't need to be a public health expert to make this strategy work. In this tool kit, we give definitions, tips, and samples. For groups with more resources or more experience in community outreach, health promotion, and partnerships, we give "advanced tips" on some topics. Before you begin any of the activities in this tool kit, contact your local comprehensive cancer control (CCC) program to find out what's being done now in your community. This will help you focus your time and resources where they are needed most. Make sure your activities build on existing efforts and do not repeat the work of other groups. CDC supports CCC programs and cancer coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 7 tribal areas, and 7 U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island territories or jurisdictions. These programs pool the resources of community partners to fight cancer in their area.
  • Content Notes:
    The Road to Better Health: A Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community tool kit was a collaborative effort by staff members in CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). We wish to acknowledge and thank Kathi Mills in DCPC's Office of Communication for her editorial assistance, as well as Ann Larkin and Anne Major in DCPC's Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch and Melonie Thomas in DCPC's Program Services Branch for their technical review of the tool kit. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Road to Better Health: A Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2012.
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