cancer control, evidence-based public health, intervention, workforce development



  1. Hannon, Peggy A. PhD, MPH
  2. Fernandez, Maria E. PhD
  3. Williams, Rebecca S. MHS, PhD
  4. Mullen, Patricia Dolan DrPH
  5. Escoffery, Cam PhD, MPH, CHES
  6. Kreuter, Matthew W. PhD, MPH
  7. Pfeiffer, Debra MA
  8. Kegler, Michelle C. DrPH
  9. Reese, LeRoy PhD
  10. Mistry, Ritesh PhD
  11. Bowen, Deborah J. PhD


The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network surveyed 282 cancer control planners to inform its efforts to increase the use of evidence-based cancer control programs (EBPs; programs that have been scientifically tested and have successfully changed behavior). Respondents included planners from organizations in state Comprehensive Cancer Control coalitions as well as other governmental and nongovernmental organizations and community-based coalitions. Respondents provided information about personal and organizational characteristics, their cancer control programs, their attitudes toward EBPs, and their awareness and use of Web-based resources for EBPs. Although findings showed strong preferences for cancer control programs that have been shown to work, less than half of respondents (48%) had ever used EBP resources. Regardless of whether they had used EBP resources, almost all respondents (97%) indicated that further training would help them and their organizations adopt and adapt EBPs for use in their communities. The most frequently endorsed training needs were finding and securing additional resources (such as funding and technical assistance), followed by adapting EBPs for cultural appropriateness. The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network consortium is using these findings to develop a Web-based interactive training and decision support tool that is responsive to the needs identified by the survey respondents.