Local Comprehensive Cancer Control Toolkit
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Capacity Solutions

Quick Tips
  • Help local partners identify priorities for expanding CCC activities
  • Support mobilization of local stakeholder staff and partners
  • Allocate resources to local stakeholders
  • Establish communication and accountability structures
  • Expand local partnership networks and leverage opportunities

Support Local Health Departments in Leading CCC Efforts

To carry out CCC efforts successfully, it is essential to support local partners, like local health departments (LHDs), in providing leadership that leverages organizational commitment to CCC from both the senior management and program level. Help LHDs and other local partners foster commitment to CCC by prioritizing their organization's strategic planning, grant seeking, and resource allocation activities in support of CCC. LHDs should prioritize stategic planning of CCC efforts, mobilize/train staff and partners, incorporate CCC activities into their budget, and implement communication and accountability structures.

Local health departments can identify strategic issues and targets for cancer prevention efforts by consulting their state's cancer plan to get familiar with jurisdictional CCC priorities. Next, they should use a formal strategic planning and visioning process to mobilize staff and partners around mutual goals. This helps foster the commitment and momentum necessary to sustain local cancer prevention efforts.

It is also important for local health departments to develop the workforce capacity of their teams implementing CCC activities, since CCC requires a distinct set of knowledge, skills, and abilities. These include knowledge of cancer control, an understanding of how policy, systems, and environmental change strategies work to reduce cancer risk factors, and a command of public health assessment, planning, and evaluation methods.

Supporting LHDs and other local partners in leading CCC efforts also means ensuring that adequate resources are allocated to support local implementation of CCC efforts. For example, funds may be needed to cover a staff person that coordinates the day-to-day CCC activities, which helps with stakeholder engagement and sustainability of local partnerships. Non-monetary resources, such as subject matter expertise may also be needed to support coalition activities.

Fostering communication and accountability across staff and local partners is another important facet of leading CCC efforts. Doing so ensures team members are on the same page and that projects are moving forward as planned. Establishing a work plan with measurable and time-framed targets is a good way to foster effective communication and accountability across staff and partners.

Explorative Questions

  • What opportunities exist to expand CCC efforts at the local level?
  • What are the strategic issues to address related to CCC among local health departments and other stakeholders?
  • How can we promote staff/stakeholder ownership of CCC efforts?
  • In what areas can staff capacity be enhanced at the state and local level?
  • How can resources be maximized to sustain local CCC initiatives?
  • How can we ensure effective communication and accountability?
  • What key partners should be at the table?