Comprehensive Cancer Control within the Houston MSA

Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community and its partners pool resources to reduce the burden of cancer. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan provides a strategy to measurably improve healthy behaviors, screening services and the cancer burden within the Houston MSA through collaborative programs involving community stakeholders.

The Comprehensive Cancer Control plan focuses on policy, education (public and professional) and community services in eight goal areas. By adapting established cancer control communication and planning strategies, community partners and MD Anderson faculty can align missions and, with support from external grant funding, develop programs to impact cancer in the Houston region by:

  • Reducing the unequal burden of cancer through focused and organized community outreach and prevention research

  • Complementing robust institutional clinical research and treatment efforts to effectively attack cancer throughout the cancer spectrum

  • Leveraging community collaborations to improve strategic alignment and impact cross the region

Comp Cancer Circles

Goal Workgroups

Workgroups, comprised of stakeholders and led by faculty and community leaders, meet regularly to identify opportunities for collaboration that are specific, time-bound, evidence-based, and feasible. Each workgroup is focused on one of the eight goals and develops strategies aligned along three domains of activity – policy initiatives, public and professional education and clinical preventive health services. New and current data guide the workgroups’ efforts and help position the institution and its community partners for state and federal funding.

News and Events

Please Join the #PreventCancerTogether Thunderclap Campaign!

As January is Cervical Health Awareness Month (CHAM), it’s a great opportunity to promote the importance of HPV vaccination as cancer prevention through social media. CDC's partners are key to spreading the word about importance of HPV vaccination on social media, and we’d love to have you join us in voicing your support for #PreventCancerTogether during CHAM.

Join CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in the #PreventCancerTogether Thunderclap campaign to support. Thunderclap is a platform that uses the power of crowds to amplify a single important message across supporter social media profiles.

On January 19th at 3:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. PDT, the #PreventCancerTogether message will be released, all at once, thus creating a THUNDERCLAP announcement that is heard far and wide. Please, sign up now and help us reach the goal of 100 supporters. See the instructions below.

How to show your support

  • Go to
  • Click the red button to add your support for Cancer prevention through HPV vaccination. You can choose to have the message post on your Twitter, or Facebook account – or both.
  • Authorize Thunderclap to use your account. (This is needed in order for Thunderclap to be able to count your followers, which helps increase the social reach, and to send out a one-time message on January 19th.)
    • A note on privacy from Thunderclap: “When you log into Thunderclap using your Twitter, or Facebook, you’re allowing our platform to share a single message on your behalf. That’s all. We use the absolute minimum permissions possible to post a message on your behalf. The platforms we integrate with sometimes include additional permissions that we do not use and we will not post anything from your friends' accounts.”
  • After you sign up, you can authorize Thunderclap to tell your friends and followers that you’ve joined #PreventCancerTogether.
  • Encourage others to sign up too.
  • Watch on January 19th as members of #PreventCancerTogether broadcast their support for Cancer prevention and HPV vaccines.

What is a Thunderclap?
Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance to share a unified message at a specific time via their individual Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account. The collective action creates a wave of support – or “thunderclap” – across social media. Our Thunderclap will go live on January 19th at 3:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. PDT, and encourages individuals to show that they support HPV vaccination as cancer prevention.
Sample Tweets to promote the Thunderclap event
  • Support HPV vaccination by using #PreventCancerTogether in a Tweet or FB post. Join @CDCgov @ThunderclapIt
  • Help protect children long before they are effected by HPV related cancers. Join @CDCgov & let the world know we can #PreventCancerTogether
Sample Facebook post to promote the Thunderclap event
  • When you use #PreventCancerTogether, you’re saying that you are part of the majority of people who choose HPV Vaccine for cancer prevention. Show your support by signing up on Thunderclap.

If you have questions about Thunderclap or #PreventCancerTogether, please email


HPV Vaccine Uptake in Texas Pediatric Care Settings: 2014-2015 Environmental Scan Report   New!

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has conducted a detailed assessment or "environmental scan" on HPV vaccination in pediatric care settings in Texas. The report provides an overview of HPV-related cancer burden in Texas and identifies barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination in the pediatric population as observed by Texas stakeholders. This project was funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more....

HPV Environmental Scan Report


Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education   New!

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Moon Shot Program and Cancer Prevention and Control Platform seek to develop and implement community-based efforts related to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. These two teams collaborated to develop the Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education. The toolkit is designed to assist college and university leaders in adopting, implementing and enforcing skin cancer prevention campus policies and practices.

The tools and materials provided in this toolkit support and explain the benefits and rationale for a 100% Indoor Tanning-Free Campus Policy, a Sun Protection Campus Policy, and skin cancer prevention education and health services activities. This toolkit also provides resources and tips on drafting, enforcing, communicating and evaluating policy.

To view/download the toolkit, click on one of the following links.

Skin Cancer Poster


Healthy Congregations Toolkit  New!

The Energy Balance Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center has been working with local partners and healthcare professionals to develop the Healthy Congregations Toolkit. We are pleased to share this with you and hope that it is helpful in assisting you with incorporating healthy programs within your institution.

The Toolkit focuses on "energy balance," or the way to eat well (energy intake) and being physically active (energy output) for better health.

The Healthy Congregations Toolkit offers suggestions and resources on the following topics:

  • Walk By Faith:   How to begin a walking club.
  • Food for the Soul:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers speakers on a variety of topics for your congregation.
  • Sowing Seeds:   How to begin a community garden using list of local education resources.
  • In the Spirit of Health:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers newsletters for your congregation via email.
  • Brochures & Exhibits:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers these to support your congregation’s event or health fair.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcita Galindez, MPA at 713-563-9517 or by e-mail to

Healthy Congregations Toolkit


2015 Summit on HPV-Related Diseases  Presentations Now Online!

The 2015 HPV Summit was a big success! Topics included raising awareness of HPV-associated cancers and diseases prevention and screening, raising awareness of HPV vaccinations for adolescents, and identifying barriers and resources to help children receive needed HPV vaccines. Learn more...

HPV summit header


HPV Fact Sheet (English)

HPV Fact Sheet


HPV Fact Sheet (Spanish) - Hoja Informativa del HPV

Hoja Informativa del HPV


10th Annual Hope Through Grace 5K Walk - Conquering Colorectal Cancer

  • Please join Hope Through Grace in creating awareness about colorectal cancer. Form a team, join a team or register at  Online Registration Now Open!

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Tom Bass Park III, Pavilion IV
    15108 Cullen Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77047
    Registration: 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
    Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

  • TO REGISTER ONLINE  Online Registration Now Open!
    For assistance call: 713.436.1273 or 832.671.1830
    No money can be transferred at the park.

    Complete this form and mail this entry with your check payable to:
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    c/o Jones Memorial UM Church
    2504 Almeda Genoa Road
    Houston, TX 77047

10th Annual Hope Through Grace 5K Walk


Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

On behalf of the City of Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center created a Houston/Harris County Tobacco Task Force (Task Force) to serve as a place for collaboration, resource development, and technical assistance to address tobacco use among college campus populations. The Houston Department of Health & Human Services received a planning award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity to support healthy lifestyles in Harris County. The award targets tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and social and emotional wellness.

The work group was charged with lending their expertise to the development of a Tobacco Task Force Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide a coordinated strategic framework for institutions of higher education in Houston/Harris County to develop and or strengthen their current campus tobacco policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education


New HPV Vaccine Educational Poster: Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!/¡No espere, vacúnelos!

HPV Vaccine Poster


Energy Balance Resource List for Houston MSA

The new Energy Balance Resource List has been made possible by the contributions of the members of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Energy Balance Workgroup.

The purpose of this guide is to provide the public with a list of energy balance organizations in the Houston MSA working to improve the health of Houstonians by providing opportunities for educational programming, physical activity and nutrition.


Smoking Cessation Resource Guide for Harris County

The new Smoking Cessation Resource Guide for Harris County has been made possible by the contributions of the members of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Smoking Workgroup.

The purpose of this Guide is to provide the public with information on the harms of smoking, the benefits of quitting, and resources available to aid in cessation.


Texas Tobacco Summit

2014 Texas Tobacco Summit a Success!

The 2014 Texas Tobacco Summit, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report, Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General, was held on June 26th-27th in Houston. Visit the Texas Tobacco Summit website at to view the presentations and to learn more about the summit.


Tobacco Cessation Course 2 - Interactive Vignettes for Counseling Smokers in Health Care Settings

This course from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other health care professionals as well as students, residents, and fellows and consists of video vignettes and computer simulations which focus on the delivery of evidence-based pharmacologic and behavioral treatments for tobacco dependence. After reviewing the course materials, participants should be able to:

  • Incorporate tobacco cessation counseling models into everyday practice
  • Effectively counsel patients who require additional medical care (pregnant women, alcohol-dependent patients, and clinically depressed patients)
  • Address post-cessation concerns (weight-gain, nicotine withdrawal, and relapse)
  • Effectively counsel smokers who live with nonsmokers and smokers with partners who are not ready to quit
  • Implement the combination of behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for enhancing patient outcomes

The videos in this series provide templates for primary care conversations between physicians and patients. The opening videos illustrate the steps for two effective, evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling models which can be applied to all patients who smoke: the 5 A’s Tobacco Counseling Model (Ask-Advise-Assess-Assist-Arrange) and the AAR Tobacco Counseling Model (Ask-Advise-Refer). The remaining vignettes feature patients with either a specific medical condition or a concern about quitting smoking. Patients in the following scenarios require specialized counseling and recommendations:

  • Weight Concerns
  • Pregnant Smoker
  • Nicotine Withdrawal Concerns
  • Relapse
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Other Household Smokers
  • Alcohol Use and Smoking Cessation
  • Depression and Smoking Cessation

The vignettes featuring virtual patients are computer simulations of clinical encounters. These simulations include decision points consisting of correct and incorrect counseling options which allow the learners to make their own decisions on how to successfully counsel patients to quit smoking. These computer simulations illustrate the 5A’s and the AAR Tobacco Counseling Models and outline how to counsel a patient with nicotine withdrawal concerns.