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Towards a pan-canadian platform linking evidence and action for prevention
Article first published online: 26 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 American Cancer Society
Supplement: Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Towards Better Outcomes in Canada
Volume 117, Issue Supplement 10, pages 2281–2288, 15 May 2011
How to Cite
Riley, B. L., Manske, S. and Cameron, R. (2011), Youth excel. Cancer, 117: 2281–2288. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26046
The articles in this supplement represent presentations and discussions at the “International Workshop on Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Towards Better Outcomes in Canada” that was held in Toronto, Ontario, March 11-13, 2010.
Workshop on Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Towards Better Outcomes in Canada, Supplement to Cancer.
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 16 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: 20 SEP 2010
- evidence-based practice;
- cooperative behavior
Population-level intervention is required to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. It also promotes health for those living with established risk factors and illness. In this article, the authors describe a vision and approach for continuously improving population-level programs and policies within and beyond the health sector. The vision and approach are anchored in contemporary thinking about what is required to link evidence and action in the field of population and public health. The authors believe that, as a cancer prevention and control community, organizations and practitioners must be able to use the best available evidence to inform action and continually generate evidence that improves prevention policies and programs on an ongoing basis. These imperatives require leaders in policy, practice, and research fields to work together to jointly plan, conduct, and act on relevant evidence. The Propel Center and colleagues are implementing this approach in Youth Excel—a pan-Canadian initiative that brings together national and provincial organizations from health and education sectors and capitalizes on a history of collaboration. The objective of Youth Excel is to build sustainable capacity for knowledge development and exchange that can guide and redirect prevention efforts in a rapidly evolving social environment. This goal is to contribute to creating health-promoting environments and to accelerate progress in preventing cancer and other diseases among youth and young adults and in the wider population. Although prevention is the aim, health-promoting environments also can support health gains for individuals of all ages and with established illness. In addition, the approach Youth Excel is taking to link evidence and action may be applicable to early intervention and treatment components of cancer control. Cancer 2011;117(10 suppl):2281–8. © 2011 American Cancer Society.