Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan

NACDD is working with CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control to foster innovative public health approaches to cancer prevention. Building on past work, the purpose of this five-year project is to develop resources that will empower public health practitioners and community leaders to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce cancer risk in their communities by making it easier for people to reduce exposure to carcinogens and adopt healthy behaviors where they live, work, learn, and play. 

Year One Project Focus Areas


July 23, 2020 Webinar: Supporting Family Caregivers in America: Collaborative Opportunities for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Health Departments

Webinar attendees were ask to complete a brief evaluation of the webinar. The results of those evaluations and a profile of attendees are included in this report.



Year 2 Project Focus Areas​

During Year 2, we focused on Caregiving by convening a webinar and on Environmental Health by surveying state comprehensive cancer program directors and chronic disease directors. A summary of all activities during Year 2 is provided, including the results of the Environmental Health Survey.

Year 3 and Year 4 Project Focus Areas

Year 3 CPAL work is now population-focused, with an examination of cancer risk factors in American Indian/Alaska Natives, Latinos, and persons with adverse childhood experiences.

More information about the previous work of the CPAL workgroup is available on the CDC website.

Year 4

Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs are common. Approximately 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs. Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce a large number of health conditions. Prolonged stress, or toxic stress, can affect neurological development. Children growing up with toxic stress may have difficulty forming healthy and stable relationships and serve as the basis for intergenerational transmission. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Injury Prevention and Control).

May 19, 2022

State Actions to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

American Indian/Alaska Native

This site includes a systematic review of the literature to create a map of available evidence on the literature from 2020-2021. The purpose of the original review was to characterize the current state of the literature around social determinants of health and cancer in AIAN populations. This site also includes results of webinars and listening sessions with tribal elders and leaders. Read the report, Frameworks for Indigenous Evaluation: A Literature Review & Annotated Bibliography 

April 26, 2022

Social Determinants of Health and Historical Trauma: The Impact on American Indians and Alaska Natives


CPAL April 26 flyer

February 22, 2022

Social Determinants of Health: Cancer Risk Among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Environmental Health

In collaboration with the CDC Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan workgroup, NACDD is collaborating with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Products at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to present a series of webinars.

Learn more:

October 20, 2021

Environmental Chemicals and Impact on Cancer Prevention

February 15, 2022

Environmental Health and Impact on Cancer: Evidence-Informed Interventions

June 23, 2022

Engaging Cancer and Environment-Focused Organizations in Reducing Environmental Carcinogens


This site includes a literature search and data sources spreadsheet that identifies state and national databases and publicly available resources. Data of interest include health (particularly cancer and cancer risk factor data), residency, employment, and similar data.

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