Building Community and System Capacity
The American Cancer Society provides various resources aimed to build capacity that is necessary to successfully promote health equity across the nation.
CHANGE Grant Program: The American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program builds community and system capacity to promote health equity, access and navigation to screening resources within underserved communities.
CHANGE grants serve as a catalyst for partners to implement and sustain interventions to effectively engage and mobilize patients; and implement systems and policies that are essential to increasing access to timely cancer screenings.
The Society has awarded nearly 350 grants since 2011 and grant recipients are making amazing impact! Our grant recipients represent community health centers, community-based organizations, academic medical centers, breast and cervical cancer early detection programs, Indian Health Service health centers and faith-based organizations.
Online Cancer Trainings: The American Cancer Society has developed free training opportunities to strengthen the capacity of community health workers and clinicians to implement interventions to increase breast and colorectal cancer screening rates.
- Colorectal Cancer: Delivering a Life-Saving Message.
- Breast Cancer: Sharing the Importance of Screening.
- Motivational Interviewing: How to Help People Make Healthy Changes.
- Options for Increasing Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers (CHC’s)
Health Equity Pipeline: In collaboration with Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the American Cancer Society works to build a pipeline of health equity professionals who will serve as future leaders in the fight against cancer disparities. As part of this collaboration, the Society offers health equity related capstone opportunities for select scholars who are pursuing masters or doctorate level degrees in public health.
Cancer Education Materials: Materials recommended by the American Cancer Society to support your community outreach and education. Available to order.