With the aim of identifying successful approaches to cancer prevention in terms of equity, FISABIO (the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research in Valencia Region, Spain) launched in May 2019 a Contest of Best Practices tackling social inequalities in cancer prevention.

Objectives:

  • Identify and compile relevant European experiences,
  • Disseminate them among European countries in order to promote and facilitate their implementation in different health systems and services,
  • Contribute to the exchange and replication of best practices on equality in cancer prevention.

As a necessary preliminary step, a call for experts was launched on February 2019 in order to involve independent experts in the evaluation of proposals submitted within the contest. In April 2019, as a result, a team of external experts was designated to provide support throughout evaluation stage.

Contest of Best Practices’ general information and rules were set in the submitters’ guide and published at iPAAC website in June 2019. Proposals were submitted through a specific Best Practice application form and they were assessed by members of the Contest Evaluation Board according to a set of compulsory and basic criteria detailed in assessment guidelines.

Table below shows proposals that have been acknowledged Best Practices tackling social inequalities in cancer prevention within this contest.

Documents

Call for experts

Contest of Best Practices


Best practices

Topic

Title

Aim

Person in charge

Documents

Health promotion – Diet, nutrition

Nutri-Score

Improving consumer information at the point of purchase so that they can make healthier food choices, by providing at-a-glance interpretation of the overall nutritional quality of the food

PR Serge HERCBERG
Nutritional epidemiology research team - Paris 13 University (France)
s.hercberg@eren.smbh.univ-paris13.fr

Health promotion – Diet, nutrition

OPTICOURSES programme, participatory workshops (demand side)

Improve the nutritional quality to price ratio of food for people living in deprived areas

Nicole DARMON
French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, UMR MOISA, Montpellier (France)
nicole.darmon@inra.fr

Health promotion – Diet, nutrition and physical activity

Vivons en Forme (Let’s live healthy) program

Prevent overweight and obesity in children and reduce social inequalities by promoting healthy lifestyles among vulnerable families

Agnès LOMMEZ
Fédérons les villes pour la Santé-FLVS (France)
agnes.lommez@vivons-en-forme.org

Health promotion – Physical activity

Programme for prescribing health assets for physical activity

Increase physical activity practice, especially among women and low-education population

Elena PÉREZ SANZ
Public Health Directorate. Valencia Regional Ministry of Health (Spain)
perez_elesan@gva.es

Health promotion – Tobacco

TABADO

Evaluate the transferability of TABADO (smoking cessation program addressed to students in vocational training centers)

Antoine DEUTSCH
French National Cancer Institute (France)
adeutsch@institutcancer.fr

Health promotion and cancer screening

Bringing cancer prevention closer to the most vulnerable population

Promote a favourable attitude of deprived population towards cancer (primary and secondary) prevention

José AÑÓ SAIS
Alzira Local Centre for Public Health (Spain)
anyo_jos@gva.es

Cancer screening

Improving informing decision making in the Flemish cancer screening programs for persons with a disability

Improve informed decision making of people with a disability by improving digital accessibility to cancer screening information

Caroline BRAEKEN
Centre for Cancer Detection (Belgium)
caroline.braeken@bevolkingsonderzoek.be

Cervical cancer screening

GP-endorsed cervical screening text reminders in London

Reduce age inequalities in cervical screening uptake

Josephine RUWENDE
NHS England/Improvement/ Public Health England (UK)
josephine.ruwende@nhs.net

Colorectal cancer screening

Effects of evidence-based strategies to reduce the socioeconomic gradient of uptake in the English NHS bowel cancer screening programme

Decrease SES gradient in bowel cancer screening uptake

Anne MACKIE
Public Health England (UK)
anne.mackie5@nhs.net

Colorectal cancer screening

Primary care involvement as a key to reduce inequalities in the colorectal cancer screening

Involve primary care staff members in order to increase participation rates and decrease access inequalities

Mikel SÁNCHEZ FERNÁNDEZ
Basque Country Regional Ministry of Health (Spain)
m-sanchezfernandez@euskadi.eus

Colorectal cancer screening

Slovenian national colorectal cancer screening – Svit Programme

Increase participation of people with lower level of education, male population and communities with the lowest response

Dominika NOVAK MLAKAR
National Institute of Public Health (Slovenia)
dominika.novak-mlakar@nijz.si