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The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control (NBHN) is excited to announce our CARE (Cancer, Acceptance, Resilience, Empowerment) ECHO Series. ECHO — Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes — is a collaborative model of education and care management that helps professionals provide expert-level care and education wherever they live.

Tobacco use is one of the leading factors driving cancer disparities, contributing to a greater cancer burden and a unique set of challenges and circumstances across the cancer care continuum, especially for those with mental wellbeing and substance use considerations. Despite an overall decline in tobacco use over the last several decades, it remains the cause of 30% of all cancer deaths and 20% of all deaths in the United States. Racial/ethnic minority and low-income communities are particularly impacted by greater levels of discrimination and stress, which is also associated with higher cancer and tobacco smoking rates.

Alongside faculty and subject-matter experts, ECHO participants will learn to address psychosocial considerations in mental health and substance use populations across the cancer care continuum. The series will cover tobacco-related cancer screening and assessment, access to cancer care and survivorship and thrivership. Participants will focus on creating opportunities for mental wellbeing via collaborative cancer care and shared decision-making.

Register for our upcoming office hour with the ECHO faculty on Thursday, April 4, 1-2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity!

After this ECHO, participants will be able to:

  • Identify tobacco- and cancer-related disparities for individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Learn strategies to implement psychosocial considerations along the cancer care continuum.
  • Explore opportunities to improve health outcomes for individuals with co-occurring tobacco use, cancer and mental wellbeing challenges.