Washington, DC – (Aug. 7, 2017) –“Individuals with a mental illness are at greater risk of receiving a late-stage cancer diagnosis due to the lack of screening options. By adopting cancer prevention and control practices, we can better support efforts to improve the overall health of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and operated through the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, the National Council is pleased to announce a newly launched initiative aimed to help organizations develop and/or enhance their skills and knowledge in cancer control and prevention practices.
Over the next six months, participating community behavioral health organizations (CBHOs) will partner with their peers and technical experts to develop and implement action plans to enhance their cancer control and prevention efforts directed toward people with behavioral health conditions.
The 11 CBHOs selected to participate in the 2017 Cancer Control Community of Practice (CoP) are:
- Integral Care, Austin, Texas
- Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center, Jasper, Ala.
- Meridian Health Services, Muncie, Ind.
- Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, Gary, Ind.
- Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif.
- Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority, Saginaw, Mich.
- Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority, Owosso, Mich.
- Health Solutions, Pueblo, Colo.
- Assets, Incorporated, Anchorage, Alaska
- West Texas Centers for MHMR, Big Spring, Texas
- Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Cancer Control CoP kicked off on June 27 with an in-person meeting when participating teams developed action plans that their organizations will use to track and monitor progress towards meeting their cancer control practice goals.
Want to learn how your organization, state, tribe or territory can enhance cancer control and prevention efforts among individuals with mental illnesses and/or addictions? Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control and gain free access to cancer control and prevention toolkits, workforce development and training and other information you need to eliminate cancer disparities for the people you care about.
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health in partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and Centerstone Research Institute, is one of the eight CDC National Networks addressing cancer and tobacco use disparities among CDC’s priority populations.