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Health Equity

Hands in for a huddle with The Priority

The organizational members of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership stand together against discrimination. We stand together for equal justice, inclusion, and health equity. Conquering racism and inequities, and conquering cancer have one thing in common: A need for collective action.

The CCCNP is committed to leveraging national CCC efforts and partnerships to advance health equity in cancer prevention and control, with and through CCC coalitions. In 2021, the CCCNP added health equity as a strategic goal area.

What We Do

The CCCNP’s heath equity efforts focus on:

  • How a coalition can advance health equity through the CCC plan update processes and plan implementation
  • How a CCC coalition can look at its operations through a social justice and equity lens


Internally, we have identified and used a health equity framework to guide our actions, added health equity as a strategic goal, incorporated health equity objectives in our workgroup action plans, and included health equity guiding principles in our operating guidelines to make our focus on health equity more intentional and part of our regular processes as a partnership.

Since fall of 2020, the CCCNP has hosted seven webinars in a series focused on addressing issues of health equity through CCC coalitions. In 2021, the Partnership mapped strategies from their Workgroup Action Plans on a health equity framework to clarify if and how their efforts were addressing issues of health equity. This process informed the development of Workgroup Action Plans for 2022 and beyond. While the series has ended, the work continues. Currently the CCCNP is advising an update of the Nine Habits of Successful Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions guide to incorporate health equity as a cross-cutting theme. A collection of webinar recordings and resources are available below. 


We encourage CCC coalitions to use these resources to advance health equity in your own state, tribe, and territory. The resources are categorized to help you learn more about the issues and to act. Resources are aligned with a road map, taking you from learning about health equity, to taking a stand and to evaluating your health equity efforts, with several other milestones along the way.

CCCNP Health Equity Roadmap of activities

November 12, 2020: Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions Advancing Health Equity [Passcode: vjH=T7Us]

The first Zoom session was held on November 12, 2020 at 3pm ET. The session featured Ms. Shonta Chambers, with the Patient Advocate Foundation served as our health equity expert and facilitator. Shonta leads the development and execution of strategic initiatives to expand PAF’s approach to achieve health equity through community and national level partnership engagement and mobilization. Two CCC coalitions shared their experiences with addressing health equity so far and future plans: Ms. Christi Cahill, Executive Director of the Colorado Cancer Coalition and Ms. Kelly Sittig, Executive Director of the Iowa Cancer Consortium. View Ms. Chamber’s presentation, Ms. Sittig’s presentation, and Ms. Cahill’s presentation

February 23, 2021: Using Data to Set Health Equity Priorities  (updated 2/6/2023)

May 25, 2021: Assessing Representation in Your Coalition

In her video presentation on May 25, 2021, Dr. Miles-Richardson discusses assessing representation in your coalition. Stephanie Miles-Richardson, D.V.M., Ph.D. is a Professor in Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Associate Dean of Graduate Education in Public Health, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine.

August 11, 2021: Addressing Disparities with Adapted Evidence-Based Interventions [Passcode: eA3tU@&Z]

The August 11, 2021 session focused on addressing disparities with adapted evidence-based interventions.  The webinar featured Prajakta Adsul, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences and Member, Cancer Control and Population Science Research Program. View Dr. Adsul’s presentation slides.

December 14, 2021: Evaluation and Health Equity in Comprehensive Cancer Control 

The December 14, 2021 session featured Trina Pyron, MA, and Dr. Angela Moore, DrPh, MA, both with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View the Evaluation and Health Equity in Comprehensive Cancer Control presentation slides.

March 1, 2022: Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership Efforts to Advance Health Equity 

The March 1, 2022 session highlighted the steps the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership have taken to further incorporate and operationalize health equity in its priorities. View the session presentation slides.

  • Data sources where you can look at indicators by different demographic factors to uncover disparities
    • Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans (ACS)
    • Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos (ACS)
    • Cancer Disparities: A Chartbook (2018) Illustrates the scope of cancer disparities that exist across our nation (ACS CAN)
    • Data Equity Framework from We All Count. When it comes to equity in data science projects, trying to find all the ways that bias, assumptions, unfairness, and prejudice can sneak in may feel overwhelming. Trying to look at a whole project and see all the equity weaknesses and issues is almost impossible. That’s why We All Count has developed: The Data Equity Framework.
    • Racial Equity Data Hub from the Tableau Foundation
    • State Cancer Profiles Cancer statistics, charts, and maps by data topic across the cancer control continuum (National Cancer Institute [NCI])
    • National Equity Atlas One-stop-shop for data and policy ideas to advance racial equity and shared prosperity. Provides equity metrics that are deeply disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender, nativity, ancestry, and income for the largest 100 cities, 150 regions, all 50 states, and the US as a whole. Includes a brand new racial equity index. (PolicyLink and University of Southern California Equity Research Institute)
    • The CDC and the HHS Office of Minority Health developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at the greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic but much of the data are relevant for cancer too like  SES, language, housing, transportation, health care infrastructure, and medical vulnerability. The Minority Health SVI is an extension of the CDC Social Vulnerability Index, which is a platform that helps emergency response planners and public health officials identify, map, and plan support for communities that will most likely need support before, during, and after a public health emergency.  
    • New social determinants of health dataset available for download and analysis from the National Cancer Institute. This data set includes, for each US census tract, certain SDOH data elements, including race/ethnicity, education, poverty, urban/rural, socioeconomic status, and racial residential segregation indices defined using 2008-2012 American Community Survey data and 2010 definitions of rural urban commuting areas. The SDOH data set is publicly available, pending an application and data use agreement.  
  • Data Visualization information and tools

Community-level strategies and resources

Resources for the clinical community

National Initiatives and examples from across the country

  • CDC’s Minority Health website with Health Equity Matters newsletter, Conversations in Equity blog, and other resources
  • NACDD’s Health Equity Council website with tools & resources, including extensive recommended reading lists, and archived webinars
  • CDC’s Networking2Save program supports a consortium of national networks to advance commercial tobacco use prevention and cancer prevention in populations experiencing tobacco- and cancer-related health disparities