Be Well Communities™ is a place-based strategy for cancer prevention and control, working with communities to promote wellness and stop cancer before it starts. It unites individuals, schools, workplaces, government agencies, health care providers and policy-makers to plan and carry out community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting changes in people's lives.
Be Well Communities is an initiative of the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform, within the Moon Shots Program™. MD Anderson serves as the backbone organization to support Be Well Communities with three major goals:
- Engage the community in an ongoing dialogue about the importance of healthy behaviors
- Create and advance community-based strategies to improve cancer prevention and control
- Increase engagement in healthy behaviors and activities to reduce cancer risk in five key areas:
MD Anderson is responsible for envisioning the initiative, empowering the community, executing the initiative through funded collaborating organizations, evaluating the success of the initiative, and creating an exit and sustainability plan to transition the initiative to the community. Be Well Communities brings decades of cancer prevention and control expertise from our leading experts to communities.
Did You Know?
Inaugural Community: Baytown, Texas
In 2014, ExxonMobil announced a multimillion-dollar gift to the Moon Shots Program, to encourage policies, education, behaviors and services that promote health and prevent cancer in a designated Houston-area community. Based on existing strengths and opportunities, Baytown was selected as the inaugural Be Well Community.
MD Anderson has united with the community of Baytown to launch Be Well Baytown. It is the most comprehensive community-driven health initiative of its kind in Texas with a focus on cancer prevention and control. This initiative can serve as a model for other cities across Texas and the nation.
cancer cases caused by being overweight and obese
melanoma cases caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation
lung cancer cases caused by smoking
MD Anderson has been instrumental in connecting us with other partners and sharing our work with the community. Collaboration with other organizations has helped us advance our programs.
Community Collaborating Organization