Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 1221–1230 | Cite as

Evaluating centralized technical assistance as an implementation strategy to improve cancer prevention and control

  • Sarah Moreland-RussellEmail author
  • Prajakta Adsul
  • Seif Nasir
  • Maria E. Fernandez
  • Timothy J. Walker
  • Heather M. Brandt
  • Robin C. Vanderpool
  • Meagan Pilar
  • Paula Cuccaro
  • Wynne E. Norton
  • Cynthia A. Vinson
  • David A. Chambers
  • Ross C. Brownson
Original paper



In 2015–2016, the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership provided technical assistance workshops to support 22 cancer coalitions in increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination uptake and increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in their local communities. As national efforts continue to invest in providing technical assistance, there is a current gap in understanding its use as a strategy to accelerate implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for cancer prevention. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of technical assistance on the participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills for implementing EBIs in their local context and enhancing state team collaboration.


Data were collected August-November 2017 using web-based questionnaires from 44 HPV workshop participants and 66 CRC workshop participants.


Both HPV vaccination and CRC screening workshop participants reported changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to implementing EBIs in their local state context. Several participants reported increased abilities in communicating and coordinating with partners in their states and utilizing additional implementation strategies to increase HPV vaccination uptake and CRC screening rates.


Findings from this study suggest that providing technical assistance to members of comprehensive cancer control coalitions is useful in promoting collaborations and building capacity for implementing EBIs for cancer prevention and control.


Cancer Dissemination Implementation Evaluation Partnerships Technical assistance 



This study was funded by NIH (Grant No. 5U54CA155496-05S1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Moreland-Russell
    • 1
    • 7
    Email author
  • Prajakta Adsul
    • 2
  • Seif Nasir
    • 1
  • Maria E. Fernandez
    • 3
  • Timothy J. Walker
    • 3
  • Heather M. Brandt
    • 4
  • Robin C. Vanderpool
    • 4
    • 5
  • Meagan Pilar
    • 3
  • Paula Cuccaro
    • 3
  • Wynne E. Norton
    • 2
  • Cynthia A. Vinson
    • 2
  • David A. Chambers
    • 2
  • Ross C. Brownson
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Prevention Research Center, Brown SchoolWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteRockvilleUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public HealthHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Health, Behavior & Society, College of Public HealthUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  6. 6.Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer CenterWashington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  7. 7.Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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