DPH Cancer Surveillance Resource Selected as Notable Government Document by the American Library Association

“Reducing the Burden of Cancer in North Carolina: A Data Resource Guide for Communities to Fight Cancer” graphic

Several DHHS employees contributed to a resource guide for communities to fight cancer, published in 2017.

June 19, 2018 – A publication created by DHHS’ Division of Public Health to help North Carolina communities fight cancer was included in an American Library Association’s list of notable government documents published in 2017.

“Reducing the Burden of Cancer in North Carolina: A Data Resource Guide for Communities to Fight Cancer” is a culmination of a statewide surveillance of six priority cancers – lung, colorectal, female breast, cervical, prostate and melanoma skin cancer – along with a blueprint for cancer control and prevention in North Carolina. 

“Through data visualization, the document provides clear direction on where these priority cancers are concentrated highest, what demographic groups are most affected by them and what partners can do to combat these cancers in their communities,” said Debi Nelson, manager of DPH’s Cancer Prevention and Control Branch, which led the development of the guide.

The document is being used by organizations, local health departments and healthcare providers and allows them to:
•    identify cancers that need to be addressed;
•    incorporate county and regional data into community health assessments;
•    develop programs utilizing evidence-based interventions recommended within the document; and
•    seek grant funding to strengthen prevention, early detection and treatment services.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center used the resource guide to help cancer centers complete a cancer needs assessment, part of the implementation of their navigation model for oncology nurses made possible by a grant from The Duke Endowment. 

“We have printed the guide and given it to each site to use as a resource. What we’ve learned is overwhelming,” said Jean Sellers, the administrative clinical director for the center. “They are not only incorporating the data into their own assessments but using it as a reference for additional grants and reports. The document is easy to use and understand. The information is critical and eye-opening.” 

Among the DHHS employees who contributed to the project were: 
•    N.C. Comprehensive Cancer Control Program’s Ryan Ward, Doranna Anderson, Ava Crawford and Edna R. Hensey, 
•    N.C. Cancer Prevention and Control Branch’s Debi Nelson and Lavanya Gupta, 
•    N.C. Central Cancer Registry’s Chandrika Rao, PhD, and
•    DHHS Office of Communications’ Graphic Designer Tracey Jarrett

Mimi Tomei