Launched in 2003, Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.(Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools) and its satellite site, Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs), were developed to address the needs of public health professionals seeking evidence-based resources for their cancer control planning activities. A collaboration between AHRQ, CDC, SAMHSA and NCI was established and as a result the “one stop shop” of Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. was born.
When originally launched in 2003, the P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs sites’ initial topic areas were limited and included only: Tobacco, Diet/5 A Day, Screening, Sun Safety and Physical Activity. Today, both sites incorporate 11 topic areas encompassing such timely and relevant areas as Obesity, Survivorship and Public Health Genomics and over 130 programs across these topics are available on RTIPs! Additionally, over the years, we have been busy working with our partners to continually enhance the sites including a recent redesigned look and feel to both resources. Other updates to the RTIPs website include: a crosswalk to CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services’ intervention approaches; inclusion of external validity scoring based on the RE-AIM framework,and a link to NCI’s online community of practice, Research to Reality (R2R).
To commemorate this 10th year anniversary, we would love to hear from you! What have been your experiences with P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs? Did you have a program posted on RTIPs or have you implemented an RTIP in your own community? We also welcome you to share your feedback and suggestions for P.L.A.N.E.T and RTIPs so that we can continue to improve these resources over the next 10 years!