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Sustaining Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions

Background and Goal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partner, funds comprehensive cancer control programs to convene and support cancer coalitions, and to evaluate coalition effectiveness. Cancer coalitions are “comprised of key stakeholders uniquely positioned to achieve cancer plan goals and activities” (CDC, 2016). Coalitions are responsible for periodic revision of a state, tribe, territory or jurisdiction cancer plan, and implementation of plan priorities at state or local levels. A well-functioning cancer coalition is integral to the successful implementation of a cancer plan’s priorities.

To help maintain and sustain cancer control coalitions, the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership has prioritized initiatives that focus on assisting coalitions achieve a high level of effectiveness in their efforts.  Central to these initiatives are the core elements of the Nine Habits of Successful Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions. By using the nine habits, coalitions throughout the nation can become well positioned to successfully develop/update, implement, and evaluate their cancer control plans.


Activities to date include the following:

  • Sponsored an online "Ask the Expert" session, Sharing What Works: Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Membership and Leadership - Read the meeting summary
  • Surveyed 65 National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees and coalitions and the American Cancer Society State-Based Systems Managers to assess their technical assistance and training needs, as well as their coalition's efforts in colorectal cancer, HPV immunization uptake and tobacco cessation for cancer survivors. Results will inform the work of the National Partnership in this and their other initiatives. Read the results here: Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions: Training and Technical Assistance Needs Survey Results

Upcoming and ongoing activities include plans to:

  • Conduct a Nine Habits workshop for cancer control program directors and coalition leaders at CDC's National Cancer Conference in Atlanta, GA on August 18, 2017
  • Carry out an environmental scan of existing resources for supporting coalition functioning and identify gaps
  • Update National Partnership resources and re-promote or develop new resources to fill gaps

Call to Action

To help with specific challenges in their coalition, comprehensive cancer control program and coalition leaders should review resources listed at the link below. Going through the self-assessments found in the Nine Habits guide can help diagnose issues and provide action steps toward improvement.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2016). Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for State, Territorial, and Tribal Organizations, CDC-RFA-DP17-1701.