In partnership with the National AHEC Organization, the GW Cancer Center worked with four Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) around the country to organize roundtables to integrate cancer and chronic disease prevention efforts by convening key stakeholders and strengthening relationships at the community, state or regional levels. The roundtables gave participants the opportunity to develop a collaborative approach to address a specific risk factor for cancer and chronic disease over a three-year period. Participants at the roundtables included Comprehensive Cancer Control coalitions, state and local departments of health, cancer and chronic disease programs, universities, health care providers and organizations, or other groups working toward reduction of cancer and chronic disease in the state.
Partnering AHECs were selected through a competitive application process to host these roundtables because of their strong community-level history and connections. They were well-positioned to bring diverse stakeholders to the roundtables and facilitate dialogue and collaboration toward common health outcomes.
The following four AHECs hosted the roundtables:
- Champlain Valley AHEC (Vermont) (2015-2017)
- Gulfcoast South AHEC (Florida) (2015-2017)
- Northeast Kentucky AHEC (2015-2017)
- Northeast South Dakota AHEC (2014-2016)
The selected roundtable locations represented four different Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Regions with diverse populations including White, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native and newly resettled refugees.