Cancer Prevention and Worksite Health Promotion: Time to Join Forces

Dawn M. Holman, MPH


Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11 

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CDC-Supported Program Activities

CDC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program supports states, tribes, and territories to establish coalitions, assess the burden of cancer, determine priorities, and develop and implement cancer plans ( A scan of activities conducted by CCC programs indicated that only 15 (22%) of 69 programs are engaged in efforts to promote primary cancer prevention in the workplace (J. Townsend, A. Neri, MD, oral communication, July 2013). CCC activities targeting the workplace include general adoption of worksite policies and provision of information about physical activity and nutrition. Some programs are seeking to expand existing prevention-related policies to reach more community members through the workplace setting; others are focused on specific worksites (eg, sun-safety at ski resorts, tobacco exposure in casinos). Identifying low-cost strategies and making them easily available may facilitate further adoption. CCC grantees also provide a strong network for information dissemination through their coalitions as new resources become available.

NIOSH conducts research and develops programs to improve workplace conditions and practices to lower the incidence of occupationally related cancers. NIOSH focuses primarily on industrial sectors, occupations, and populations with elevated risk through basic bench research, on-site health hazard evaluations, recommendations for occupational exposure limits, timely health alerts, and training programs.