The Disability Inclusion Network for Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention

About The Disability Inclusion Network

NACDD partners with Lakeshore Foundation to advance the prevention of commercial tobacco use and cancer in populations experiencing tobacco- and cancer-related health disparities with a focus on people with disabilities (PWD), including U.S. Veterans. This National Network is supported by a five-year, CDC-funded cooperative agreement that brings together a consortium of nine national organizations to increase equitable delivery of tobacco prevention and cancer-related strategies and interventions. 

People with disabilities are more likely to smoke than adults without disabilities and experience barriers related to social determinants of health.

Network Efforts

In addition to creating this National Network, NACDD will establish regional Communities of Practice (CoP) to support community-based policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change; provide comprehensive training and technical assistance (T/TA) to partners; and support a mass reach health communication strategy. 

The goals of these strategies include:

  • Advancing tobacco control and cancer prevention and control initiatives to accelerate the decline in commercial tobacco use;
  • Reducing the incidence/mortality of tobacco-related cancers; and
  • Addressing social determinants of health to advance health equity.

As part of NACDD’s strategy to engage CoPs annually, funding in the form of mini grants will be disbursed to local organizations within given states to pursue PSE change strategies and support mass reach health communications activities. Additionally, in partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation and as part of the Disability Inclusion Network, NACDD will provide flexible, responsive, and comprehensive training and technical assistance (T/TA) over the course of the project period, addressing both local and national needs and priorities. 

Training and Technical Assistance

Training and TA opportunities will address, but are not limited to, the following topics: tobacco use prevention, control, and cessation and PSE change strategies and/or innovative interventions that are proven to reduce tobacco-related cancers for PWD, inclusive of U.S. Veterans. NACDD will include T/TA of varying types (e.g., instructional, peer-to-peer learning) and modalities (e.g., webinars, office hours, peer networking calls, one-on-one support).

Training and TA modalities will be designed with the audience/learner perspective and populations of focus in mind and include interactive components to the extent possible. Opportunities for virtual, real-time interaction with NACDD, Disability Inclusion Network partners, and other subject matter experts will be made available along with a website, a resource repository, and communications collateral (e.g., media resources) to address gaps and remain responsive to the needs of states and other partners.

The Disability Inclusion Network Diagram

The diagram below illustrates the two CDC funding source areas, the Health Equity National Networks addressing the disparity gaps in tobacco control and cancer prevention, the network partners, CoP states, and network efforts.

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Disability 101 For Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention Professionals Series: Session 1 July 23, 2024 at 2:00pm ET.

Network Resources

Disability Inclusion Resource Hub For Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention Professionals

  • Coming Soon

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