- Focus on risk reduction efforts
- Consult the National Prevention Strategy
- Collaborate with other chronic disease prevention coalitions and partners
- Look for funding opportunities outside of the cancer community
Broaden Your Focus
Cancer is one of four chronic diseases that can be prevented by reducing key risk factors, including obesity, poor eating habits, and smoking. Focusing your CCC efforts around these modifiable risk factors will not only impact the cancer burden in your community, but also reduce the impact of other chronic diseases, while helping you tap into additional resources and partners that can strengthen the capacity of your coalition.
For example, the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), presents opportunities to build upon the momentum of national efforts to reduce the chronic disease burden to expand and sustain the work of CCC coalitions. The National Prevention Strategy (NPS), a strategic plan that grows out of ACA calls for a reform of the healthcare system, which moves it away from a focus on treatment of illness to one on prevention. This means more federal dollars allocated to programs that prevent chronic disease via modification of the places where people, eat, live, work, and play in support of healthy lifestyles. This also means more resources available to support programs and initiatives that expand community access to clinical, preventive, diagnostic, and quality treatment services.
Integrating your CCC coalition efforts with those of other entities working toward chronic disease prevention outcomes is a great way to maximize opportunities to sustain your coalition. One way to approach this initiative is to identify other chronic disease prevention coalitions, partners, or organizations, and find ways to collaborate on chronic disease prevention projects that address chronic disease risk factors. You can also take a look at funding opportunities made available by funders outside of the cancer community who are looking to fund projects that prevent obesity, tobacco use, and poor eating habits.
- How do our cancer priorities align with the priorities of others that carry out chronic disease prevention?
- How can we incorporate the Strategic Directions and Priorities of the National Prevention Strategy into our cancer prevention efforts?
- What funding opportunities outside of the cancer community exist that can support our efforts?