Project Dates: 2007-2013
This project sought to reduce the burden of cancer by increasing adoption of state-of-the-art, evidence-based interventions to control cancer among policymakers.
A cancer control policy maker is defined broadly to include an individual elected to office, his/her staff, or an administrative (executive branch) leader who has authority over program priorities and budgets. This project focused on evidence-based, environmental and policy interventions due to their high potential to affect large populations. Such interventions are designed to provide opportunities, support, and cues to help people develop healthier behaviors. Many cancer control practitioners and policymakers are unaware of these effective interventions, or lack the necessary skills to use them, resulting in low implementation.
- Increase the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to control cancer, focusing on the uptake of effective environmental and policy approaches among state-level policymakers
Implications for Research and Practice
This project is significant to public health because it addresses behaviors that lead to significant premature cancer morbidity and mortality. Sparse knowledge exists regarding effective approaches for dissemination of research-tested interventions among “real world” policy audiences. Upon completion, this study will provide policy-relevant dissemination strategies that can be adapted to other settings and risk factors.
Elizabeth Dodson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Investigator: Ross Brownson, PhD
Co-Investigators: Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, RN; Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH; Tim McBride, PhD; Douglas Luke, PhD; Elizabeth Dodson, PhD, MPH
Research Scholar: Nora Geary, MPH
National Cancer Institute: 1R01CA124404-01
Brownson, R. C., Chriqui, J. F., & Stamatakis, K. A. (2009). Understanding Evidence-Based Public Health Policy. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1576–1583. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156224
Brownson, R. C., Dodson, E. A., Stamatakis, K. A., Casey, C. M., Elliott, M. B., Luke, D. A., … Kreuter, M. W. (2011). Communicating Evidence-Based Information on Cancer Prevention to State-Level Policy Makers. JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 103(4), 306–316. DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djq529
Dodson, E. A., Stamatakis, K. A., Chalifour, S., Haire-Joshu, D., McBride, T., & Brownson, R. C. (2013). State Legislators’ Work on Public Health-Related Issues: What Influences Priorities? Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : JPHMP, 19(1), 25–29.DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318246475c
Translation at the Crossroads of Research and Policy: Where do policymakers seek evidence and what are they looking for? 5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. Bethesda, MD. March 2012.
Using Evidence Based Public Health Policy to Prevent and Control Cancer. Indiana Cancer Consortium Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. May 2011.
Effective communication of health information to policymakers: what works? International Union Against Cancer, World Cancer Congress. Shenzhen, China. August 2010.
Effective communication of health information to policymakers: what works? Joint Conference of the Society for Public Health Education and Prevention Research Centers Program. Atlanta, GA. April 2010.
What Moves Policy Forward? Evidence and Policy: Preventing Cancer and Chronic Disease Symposium. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia; March 2009.
Cancer policy dissemination logic model.