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Celebrate with Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs!

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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!


Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs fill an important need in implementation science by making information, data, and evidence-based resources actionable.  Specifically, these sites include tools, displays, and added information hardly ever included in scientific reporting but needed to integrate research into practice and policy.  These sites have also been used to bridge what is often a chasm among medicine, health care and public health (as well as the more frequently discussed research- practice chasm).  This is accomplished by providing implementation guides with details about intervention structure, research integrity, intervention impact, dissemination capability, and answers to questions frequently asked by practitioners and decision makers, such as resources required and the context in which data were collected.

The tools and resources on P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs also help to address the critically important balance between ‘fidelity and adaptation’ that is core to successful adoption, implementation, and maintenance.  For example, this is done by providing detailed transparent information about the range of settings and conditions under which RTIPs programs have been tested, and through the new RE-AIM scores and note-taking feature that allows users to consider local issues in ways that adhere to the core principles of dissemination and key components of the programs.

Our Implementation Science Team is proud of what Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. has accomplished to date, how it has evolved over time, and are aware that it will need to continue to evolve to meet the rapidly changing needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.  The article, Evolution of Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.: moving research into practice,describes how P.L.A.N.E.T. has evolved over the years and cites new opportunities for this and other similar resources. We hope to learn from the examples of similar online resources and the evolving literature on virtual communities of practice, and invite you to share your recommendations and lessons learned.

It’s April and that means

It’s April and that means spring is here - finally! It also marks the 11th Anniversary of 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). Over the past year, we have continued to add new resources such as additional evidence reviews of survivorship interventions and updated Community Guide recommendations, international comprehensive cancer control plans,  new RTIPs discussions on NCI’s online community of practice, Research to Reality (R2R), and have integrated  new data, including smoking laws and cancer knowledge, into State Cancer Profiles. Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. and RTIPs continue to evolve in support of cancer control researchers and practitioners.  

Along with this evolution are new challenges and opportunities for comprehensive cancer control that stem from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,  childhood obesity, tanning bed behaviors, the President’s Cancer Panel Annual Report focused on accelerating HPV vaccine uptake, and a surge in interest in mHealth, eHealth, and eCigarettes.  This year we will continue to support cancer control researchers and practitioners as we seek to add evidence-based resources related to HPV vaccine uptake, tanning bed use and childhood obesity intervention programs.  Additionally, we will foster ongoing dialogue on R2R to learn how the cancer control community is using innovative digital health strategies and addressing questions concerning eCigarettes in your settings.  

We always strive to develop evidence-based tools that are user-centered for cancer control practitioners.  What are some topic areas that you would like to see on Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.?  What evidence-based resources or data would be helpful to your cancer control planning efforts?  How have you used PLANET to help deliver programs to your audiences?