The Geographic Health Equity Alliance is a national network of coalitions, state programs, public health departments, national organizations, researchers and other community-based agencies dedicated to addressing tobacco and cancer-related geographic health disparities. The priorities of The Alliance are to identify gaps in information, provide leadership and expertise and promote health interventions that support the appropriate partnerships to reduce geographic health disparities.
The Alliance strengthens its national network infrastructure and spreads its purpose by recruiting participants with expertise in promising research, practices, interventions and strategies that encourage community action to address cancer and tobacco-related health disparities. The Alliance will facilitate learning and information-sharing opportunities among Network participants, CDC, OSH and DCPC; states, tobacco and cancer coalitions; CDC programs; and other national tobacco and cancer control partners.
The Alliance works closely with the research community and its Network participants to assess the impact of geographic health disparities related to tobacco and cancer and to translate available data into actionable interventions and needed resources.
The Alliance is made up of coalitions, state programs and other public health agencies primarily located in or focused on the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. These states’ health outcomes are disproportionally effected by root causes related to geographic health disparities.
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CDC Consortium of National Networks to Impact Populations Experiencing Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities
Geographic Health Equity Alliance: The Alliance’s mission is to raise awareness about geographic health disparities related to tobacco and cancer and to support the development, dissemination and implementation of effective public health practices.
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN): NAATPN is reinventing and strengthening its position as the leading source of education and advocacy for tobacco and cancer health disparities affecting African Americans. It is imperative to engage health care organizations and African American communities in tobacco and cancer prevention work.
National Native Network: The National Native Network provides a forum for tribes and tribal organizations to obtain and disseminate evidence-based and culturally appropriate information in order to identify and eliminate health disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse.
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL): Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a national health justice organization working to achieve health equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.
National Alliance for Hispanic Healthcare: The National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s mission is to improve the health of Hispanic communities and work with others to secure health for all. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation’s foremost source of information on Hispanic health and a science-based and community driven advocate for health.
The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network: The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network builds on the foundation of the LGBT community’s Tobacco Action Plan. The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network is working to support the many local tobacco control advocates in helping to eliminate tobacco health disparities for all LGBTs.
The National Council for Behavioral Health Network: The National Behavioral Health Network promotes evidence-based approaches to prevent tobacco use and cancer, through technical assistance, education, training, and networking opportunities that complement other CDC-funded chronic disease program activities.
SelfMade Health Network: The SelfMade Health Network aims to decrease tobacco use and prevent chronic disease among low socioeconomic populations by improving overall health. The SelfMade Health Network members will focus on enhancing the quality and performance of anti-tobacco and cancer prevention public health programs, services, partnerships, and resources in low socioeconomic status communities.