Health-e-NC, which stands for "Health for Everyone in North Carolina," is a
statewide effort to improve cancer outcomes for the diseases that hit North
Carolina's citizens the hardest. Cancer is the leading cause of death in NC
and there are things we can do to lower risk. Sponsored by the UNC
Cancer Center and the University
Cancer Research Fund, Health-e-NC is aimed at finding out what really works
in the areas of cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and
survivorship and sharing those solutions across the state.
Health-e-NC aims to develop a state-of-the-art way to deliver and test interventions that:
- Reduces cancer risk factors (tobacco use, dietary behavior, physical activity, obesity)
- Increases cancer screening and referrals
- Helps people make more informed decisions about prevention and treatment options
- Increases uptake and maintenance of proven prevention, treatment and survivorship programs and strategies
Health-e-NC has two major components. A pilot research funding mechanism aims to support novel research proposals that focus on the development, implementation, evaluation or dissemination of interventions that will reduce the cancer burden in North Carolina.
The second component of Health-e-NC is a web portal, which serves as a venue for evaluating state-of-the-art health promotion and cancer prevention programs as well as for sharing evidence-based tools and materials. Initially, the portal will offer an online resource tool called CHART (Carolina Health Assessment and Resource Tool) to be used as a core resource for Cancer Center researchers. CHART is a health behavior assessment tool offering core question modules and personalized, evidence-based and theory-guided message libraries (feedback) related to several behaviors that effect cancer outcomes. Additionally, formative research is currently being conducted to understand what online content and interactive tools adults, and particularly cancer survivors, want. Over time we will add to this web-based system and also develop mobile apps and resources to support optimizing cancer prevention, control, care and survivorship in our state. This web portal is currently under development.