America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

FULL ARTICLE By William Wan of Washington Post HERE After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible:  Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer. That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in […]

Women’s Wellness Summer 2017 Newsletter

Women’s Wellness Newsletter from Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. Summer 2017 In this issue: Project Overview Screen Guidelines Traditional Teaching Cancer Prevention Recipe Radiation Exposure Events The general purpose of this newsletter is to bring awareness to the health of Native American Women in our communities. Funded by the Michigan Department of Health & Human […]

New CDC Report: Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America

The cancer gap between rural and urban Americans continues to grow in the United States.  A new report shows that cancer death rates are falling more slowly in rural than urban areas, but proven strategies can help reduce these disparities. While rural areas have lower rates of new cases of cancer (incidence rates) than urban […]

Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010-2016

The Surgeon General has concluded that depictions of smoking in the movies causes young people to begin smoking.  The findings in this report show that despite previously reported declines in youth-rated movies that contained tobacco use during 2005-2010, progress in reducing tobacco incidents in youth-rated movies has stopped since 2010.  Although there were fewer top-grossing […]

Digital Storytelling Workshop to Promote Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Successes

The American Cancer Society, through a cooperative agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, is offering a Digital Storytelling Workshop.  The course is designed to help you create a digital Comprehensive Cancer Control success story for a project or program that you have […]

For exercise, nothing like the great outdoors

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Gretchen Reynolds of New York Times HERE Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, according to a new study by researchers in Austria. And while the Alps may be a particularly fine place to […]

Secondhand smoke exposure before birth may affect lungs into adulthood

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Catharine Paddock PhD of Medical News Today HERE Adult susceptibility to lung diseases may depend on prenatal exposure to secondhand smoke.  So suggest scientists who found that exposing pregnant mice to secondhand smoke caused changes in the lung function and structure of their offspring that lasted into adulthood. A report on the […]

“Enhancing the Circle of Health” CDC Grant Addresses Culturally Competent Approaches to Diabetes, Tobacco Use in Native Communities

To promote culturally informed care and disease prevention, Western Michigan University (WMU) teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (ATPR), and Tribal and non-Tribal stakeholders in Southwest Michigan to create a curriculum to educate health professionals on Native American culture, history and the impact of historical […]

Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke — and it’s more dangerous than you think

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE BY Matthew Diebel of USA Today You’re coughing.  You’re waving it away.  Not only does it smell bad, but you’re also worried it might give you cancer or other lung ailments. It’s secondhand smoke, of course.  You’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not silly enough to actually smoke cigarettes and I’m sure enough […]
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Funding - Deadline:  August 1, 2017, 2 p.m. PDT - The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proud to announce the new competitive cooperative agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement!  The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative seeks to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.  The program is intended to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; childhood/adolescent obesity; and serious mental illness.  For more information read the full announcement.  Download the detailed funding opportunity description.  A technical assistance webinar is also available online.

Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities at the State Level:  Successes and Lessons Learned from the ASTHO Breast Cancer Learning Community - August 8, 2017, 3-4:30 p.m. EDT - REGISTER HERE

CONFERENCE - 2017 CDC National Cancer Conference, Visualizing the Future through Prevention, Innovation, and Communication - August 14-16, 2017 - Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30346 - The conference theme, "Visualizing the Future Through Prevention, innovation, and Communication," represents the opportunity for translating research into practice to improve public health.  A wide variety of local, state, territorial, federal, academic, national, and community-based cancer prevention and control programs will be represented, creating an excellent opportunity for you to meet partners from around the country.  LEARN MORE

SAVE THE DATE - CDC Conference - August 15-17, 2017 - 2017 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media - Atlanta, Georgia - FULL DETAILS HERE.

Spirit of EAGLES National Conference "Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities" - September 21 - 24, 2017 - Niagra Falls, NY - For more information regarding the conference, visit www.nativeamericanprograms.net or contact Marcy Averill at averill.marcy@mayo.edu.

Tenth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically UnderservedSeptember 25-28, 2017, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia - The AACR Cancer Health Disparities conferences advance the understanding and, ultimately, help to eliminate the disparities in cancer that represent a major public health problem in our country. By promoting the exchange of novel ideas and information between a wide range of professionals from academia, industry, government, and the community, these conferences harness the potential and maximize the many opportunities for bringing research on health disparities from bench to bedside or community, and back again. The goals of these conferences have been to bring together scientists and other professionals working in a variety of disciplines to discuss the latest findings in the field and to stimulate the development of new research in cancer health disparities. Make plans now to join us for this exciting program. - Continuing Medical Education Activity AMA PRA Category 1  CreditsTM available