Resource Repository

Welcome to the GW Cancer Control TAP Resource Repository! You can search this collection of CCC resources and tools using the categories below, or you can scroll down to browse the resources. Examples of resources include research reports, toolkits, fact sheets and infographics, as well as sample program plans and guides for developing new programs. We regularly add new resources, and you can submit your own as well.

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    Format: 2021
    Title Description Year
    Use of Evidence-Based Interventions to Address Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

    DC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is excited to share the recently published MMWR Supplement Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities — Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2016. The purpose of the supplement is to evaluate and report on interventions and strategies that reduce health disparities. Reducing disparities is a major goal of public health and this report demonstrates that we can make progress in overcoming health disparities through meaningful community and local health authority involvement. Programs designed to build health equity are a smart investment for improving health outcomes.

    The supplement contains eight articles that highlight effective and promising strategies to eliminate health disparities, including:

    • A report on the Traditional Foods Project,
    • A description of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Community Asthma Initiative,
    • A report on evidence-based interventions to improve levels of screening for colorectal cancer,
    • A report documenting the reduction of disparities in hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection,
    • Two reports outlining HIV prevention interventions,
    • A report describing three community-level interventions linked to reductions in youth violence, and
    • An evaluation of the Living Well with a Disability program.
    Using Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to Increase HPV Vaccination Uptake

    Client reminders and recalls are evidence-based interventions to improve vaccination rates in children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings and populations. Implementing Immunization Information Systems (IIS) in health systems is key to preventing Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-derived cancers. What is IIS, and how can comprehensive cancer control (CCC) professionals and Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) support its implementation and use in health care systems to increase HPV vaccination uptake? During National Immunization Awareness Month 2016, the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center and the National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO) hosted this webinar featuring speakers from the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), who gave an overview of IIS, and the North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, who provided insight into its real-world application. 

    Using Law and Policy to Create Equitable Communities

    Within every community, there are significant differences in peoples’ health and their opportunities to live long and healthy lives. Policy changes can be key to both transforming health in a community and helping to eliminate inequities. But when policies aren’t created or enforced with equity in mind, they may perpetuate these disparities – or even amplify them.

    The Blueprint for Changemakers, from ChangeLab Solutions, is a helpful guide that shares legal strategies and best practices that local practitioners can use to affect change and improve health outcomes. By pairing this information with ChangeLab Solutions’ Equitable Enforcement to Achieve Health Equity changemakers are equipped with a rich resource to help them reflect on the enforcement of laws and policies to ensure they do not cause harm to people most affected by health inequities.

    During this webinar, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps was joined by Sarah de Guia, Chief Executive Officer of ChangeLab Solutions, and we:
    • Explored both guides to learn how communities can build capacity to analyze policies for their impact on health equity.
    • Shared examples of communities that have considered how to equitably enforce policies that are meant to decrease health disparities.
    • Considered how data can inform your approach to assessing the impact of laws and policy.

    Using Rural Health Research to Inform Health Policy

    The team at the Rural Health Research Gateway partnered with the National Rural Health Association to present a conversation on where to find, and how to use, rural health research when petitioning Members of Congress and the Executive Branch. This webinar:

    • Provided information on where to find free rural health research.
    • Identified pressing topics in rural health policy.
    • Described how to use research when educating members of congress and other policymakers.
    • Offered a free resource on how to develop policy briefs, infographics, and fact sheets.


    Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
    Director, Associate Professor of Research
    Rural Health Research Gateway

    Carrie Cochran-McClain, MPA
    Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy
    National Rural Health Association

    Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention Profiles

    To help improve policy makers and cancer control professionals’ awareness of viral hepatitis risk factors and evidence-based prevention strategies, The George Washington University Cancer Center, in collaboration with CDC, developed educational materials on viral hepatitis and liver cancer. By accessing the map, policy makers and cancer control professionals will find state profiles on viral hepatitis and liver cancer statistics that can be used when communicating with clinicians and stakeholders.

    Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention Profile - National liver cancer profile (non-state specific) with general information about viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

    Strategies to Reduce Viral Hepatitis-Associated Liver Cancer - Shares the National Academy of Sciences report findings in a cancer context for use by policy makers and the cancer community.

    What Can Public Health Professionals Do to Help Reduce Viral-Hepatitis Related Liver Cancer - A worksheet to help public health professionals address the burden of viral hepatitis.

    Eliminating the Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus to Reduce New Cases of Liver Cancer - A "train-the-trainer" adaptable presentation for public health professionals to communicate with CCC stakeholders about the burden of viral hepatitis.

    Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Social Media Toolkit - This toolkit contains social media messaging around viral hepatitis and liver cancer prevention.

    What is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?

    Defining Health Equity and Key Steps to Achieving Greater Health Equity

    This RWJF report defines health equity and identifies crucial elements to guide effective action to reduce disparities in health status. Also included in the report are alternative definitions of health equity for different audiences that may have varying backgrounds and perspectives, and examples of specific terms that often arise in discussions around the concept.

    The Issue

    Health equity surrounds and underpins all of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Action Areas and the goal of a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.  

    Simply put, “health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”