Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 1231–1237 | Cite as

Advancing health equity through the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

  • Behnoosh MominEmail author
  • Ena Wanliss
  • Lumbe Davis
  • Julie S. Townsend
  • Kerri Lopez
  • Brooke Steele
Original paper


Achieving health equity requires addressing social determinants of health. Promoting health equity as it relates to cancer control is one of six priorities of the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). This article describes recent activities implemented by three NCCCP awardees (North-west Portland Area Indian Health Board, Kansas, Michigan) and the CDC-funded National Behavior Health Network (NBHN), whose aim is to reduce health disparities among those with mental health and/or substance disorders. North-west Portland administered tribal surveys to help better understand tribal cancer-related risk factors, health behaviors, provide baseline data to support their cancer plan, and obtain resources for targeted interventions. Kansas established a health equity workgroup with a vision of addressing health equity through implementation and uptake of activities among all Kansans. Michigan provided trainings in health equity and social justice and developed health equity learning labs. As a result of the successful implementation of the NBHN’s Community of Practice, individuals currently living with mental illness and/or substance disorders have had increased access to tobacco cessation and other cancer support services. These efforts and key opportunities for public health practitioners and their partners to increase engagement in cancer health equity are summarized in this article.


Health equity Socioeconomic factors Comprehensive cancer control 



The authors would like to acknowledge the National Behavior Health Network (NBHN) for providing relevant data for the development of this manuscript. The authors would like to acknowledge Angela McFall, Julie Sergeant, Jamila Fonseka and Kristi Fultz-Butts for providing insight into the partnerships to reduce health disparities.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Behnoosh Momin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ena Wanliss
    • 1
  • Lumbe Davis
    • 1
  • Julie S. Townsend
    • 1
  • Kerri Lopez
    • 2
  • Brooke Steele
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Cancer Prevention and ControlCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Northwest Portland Area Indian Health BoardPortlandUSA

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