Educational Materials

Updated June 2019!

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  • Healthy Congregations Toolkit

    The Energy Balance Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center worked with local partners and healthcare professionals to develop the Healthy Congregations Toolkit. We are pleased to share this with you and hope that it is helpful in assisting you with incorporating healthy programs within your institution.

    The Toolkit focuses on "energy balance," or the way to eat well (energy intake) and being physically active (energy output) for better health.

    The Healthy Congregations Toolkit offers suggestions and resources on the following topics:

    • Walk By Faith:   How to begin a walking club.
    • Food for the Soul:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers speakers on a variety of topics for your congregation.
    • Sowing Seeds:   How to begin a community garden using list of local education resources.
    • In the Spirit of Health:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers newsletters for your congregation via email.
    • Brochures & Exhibits:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers these to support your congregation’s event or health fair.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcita Galindez, MPA at 713-563-9517 or by e-mail to

    Healthy Congregations Toolkit

  • Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Moon Shot Program and Cancer Prevention and Control Platform seek to develop and implement community-based efforts related to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. These two teams collaborated to develop the Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education. The toolkit is designed to assist college and university leaders in adopting, implementing and enforcing skin cancer prevention campus policies and practices.

    The tools and materials provided in this toolkit support and explain the benefits and rationale for a 100% Indoor Tanning-Free Campus Policy, a Sun Protection Campus Policy, and skin cancer prevention education and health services activities. This toolkit also provides resources and tips on drafting, enforcing, communicating and evaluating policy.

    To view/download the toolkit, click on one of the following links.

Skin Cancer Poster

  • Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

    On behalf of the City of Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center created a Houston/Harris County Tobacco Task Force (Task Force) to serve as a place for collaboration, resource development, and technical assistance to address tobacco use among college campus populations. The Houston Department of Health & Human Services received a planning award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity to support healthy lifestyles in Harris County. The award targets tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and social and emotional wellness.

    The work group was charged with lending their expertise to the development of a Tobacco Task Force Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide a coordinated strategic framework for institutions of higher education in Houston/Harris County to develop and or strengthen their current campus tobacco policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education