Resources

Rural Cancer Workgroup

Research Briefs

Data Brief: "Addressing Financial Toxicity Among Rural & Urban Patients at Cancer Care Programs" | August 2020

In August 2020, members of the CPCRN Rural Cancer Workgroup produced a data brief, titled "Addressing Financial Toxicity Among Rural & Urban Patients at Cancer Care Program." Investigators conducted interviews with staff across 29 cancer care programs in seven states to develop an understanding about how cancer care programs assess financial hardship in patients, improve how programs connect patients with financial resources, and expand financial navigation services to serve rural cancer patients.

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Modeling Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI) Impact Workgroup

Research Briefs

Resource Brief: "Colorectal Cancer Simulation Model" | April 2018

In April 2018, CPCRN’s Modeling Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI) Impact Workgroup published their Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Simulation Model Resource Brief to reflect upon recent efforts to model CRC risk, screening, treatment, and cancer outcomes.

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Tobacco & Lung Cancer Screening Workgroup

Research Briefs

Data Brief: "Tobacco & Lung Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Results from a National Survey" | July 2017

While prevalence of tobacco use has declined over the past decade, rates have remained steady and have even increased among some socially- and economically-disadvantaged populations. Studies have also shown that lower-income cigarette smokers suffer from more diseases, such as lung cancer, than smokers with higher incomes. In August 2016, the Cancer Prevention Research & Control Research Network (CPCRN)—a network of academic, public health, and community partners—conducted a national survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to better understand their tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening practices. Of 258 invited, a total of 112 FQHCs completed the survey, representing 48 states.

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CPCRN Web-Based/Mobile Research Products

Counter Tools Website

Counter Tools Website

Co-developed by Dr. Kurt Ribisl, former Principal Investigator of the CPCRN Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), in collaboration with colleague outside of the Network, Dr. Allison Myers, the Counter Tools website was originally designed in response to concerns around big tobacco’s focus on keeping tobacco products cheap and visible in retail environments. As such, the site was conceptualized and brought to life as a free, one-stop-shop for all things related to point-of-sale tobacco control. In 2011, they created CounterTobacco.org, a CDC-funded resource focused on tobacco point-of-sale history, impact, and policy solutions.

Within this effort, the Store Audit Center and Store Mapper tools were born, taking public health advocates from community problem to policy solution. Despite being out-funded 20:1 by the tobacco industry, tobacco control practitioners have made great progress in reducing smoking from 42% (1964) to 19% (2011).

Policy changes, such as tax increases, banning smoking on airplanes and workplaces, and marketing restrictions caused these dramatic declines in tobacco use. Still, tobacco related mortality remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, costing more than 440,000 early deaths, 5.5 million years of potential life lost, and $157 billion in health care expenses annually. The point of sale (POS) is currently the lead channel for tobacco industry marketing. In 2008, the tobacco industry spent $7.2 billion dollars on ads, displays and discount pricing at retail, activities that make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit.

Policy change towards a more healthful neighborhood environment first requires documentation of the extent of the problem. Then, advocates must display data visually to clarify the problem to decision makers. Counter Tools provides a clear pathway to facilitate the POS policy change process. Counter Tools is a North Carolina-based non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating cutting edge, evidence-based software tools to public health workers at the local and state levels in the United States and abroad.

The Counter Tools Store Audit Center and Store Mapper tools are customizable, easy to use, and will increase the likelihood that communities can pass and implement point-of-sale policies that will reduce tobacco use.

Visit countertools.org for more information.

Co-developed by Dr. Kurt Ribisl, former Principal Investigator of the CPCRN Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), in collaboration with colleague outside of the Network, Dr. Allison Myers, the Counter Tools website was originally designed in response to concerns around big tobacco’s focus on keeping tobacco products cheap and visible in retail environments. As such, the site was conceptualized and brought to life as a free, one-stop-shop for all things related to point-of-sale tobacco control. In 2011, they created CounterTobacco.org, a CDC-funded resource focused on tobacco point-of-sale history, impact, and policy solutions.

Within this effort, the Store Audit Center and Store Mapper tools were born, taking public health advocates from community problem to policy solution. Despite being out-funded 20:1 by the tobacco industry, tobacco control practitioners have made great progress in reducing smoking from 42% (1964) to 19% (2011).

Policy changes, such as tax increases, banning smoking on airplanes and workplaces, and marketing restrictions caused these dramatic declines in tobacco use. Still, tobacco related mortality remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, costing more than 440,000 early deaths, 5.5 million years of potential life lost, and $157 billion in health care expenses annually. The point of sale (POS) is currently the lead channel for tobacco industry marketing. In 2008, the tobacco industry spent $7.2 billion dollars on ads, displays and discount pricing at retail, activities that make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit.

Policy change towards a more healthful neighborhood environment first requires documentation of the extent of the problem. Then, advocates must display data visually to clarify the problem to decision makers. Counter Tools provides a clear pathway to facilitate the POS policy change process. Counter Tools is a North Carolina-based non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating cutting edge, evidence-based software tools to public health workers at the local and state levels in the United States and abroad.

The Counter Tools Store Audit Center and Store Mapper tools are customizable, easy to use, and will increase the likelihood that communities can pass and implement point-of-sale policies that will reduce tobacco use.

Visit countertools.org for more information.

"Living Proof" Mobile Application


On October 17, 2012, the CPCRN Collaborating Center at Washington University-St. Louis, led by Dr. Matt Kreuter, released a new iPhone and iPad App, Living Proof: Breast Cancer Survivor Stories, on the App Store. Living Proof was developed to help educate African American women diagnosed with breast cancer around what lies ahead. No longer active, this app included over 200 video stories from real breast cancer survivors, offering hope, sharing coping mechanisms, explaining how they made difficult decisions, and providing inspiration.

Living Proof stories were searchable by a woman’s age at diagnosis or by 18 hot-button issues for women with breast cancer. Topics included: treatment decisions; side effects; breast reconstruction; the impact on family and intimate relationships, and more.

These professional quality videos were from everyday women sharing real-life experiences in their own words; no celebrities and unscripted. Living Proof brought the wisdom of dozens of breast cancer survivors right to users' fingertips. Hear more breast cancer survivor stories from Living Proof in YouTube.