Foster Prevention
Among Disparate Populations

National Network Aimed at
Closing the Gap in Disparities
Through Partnerships, Innovation & Expertise

Reduce Their Risk
By Connecting to Resources

Via education, we boost awareness of cancer & tobacco-related disparities providing greater understanding among organizations and policymakers. 

We promote greater capacity within regions by identifying, developing and connecting resources to stakeholders key to changing community norms. 

Through partnerships and collaborations, we support the expansion of promising practices and models about prevention, treatment and survivorship. 

What is SelfMade Health Network  Our Network Philosophy National & Regional Projects

What is SelfMade Health Network 

Educate • Empower • Mobilize

SelfMade Health Network is a national network of dedicated professionals, organizations and communities seeking to eliminate cancer and tobacco-related disparities among our nation's most vulnerable, underserved and "high-risk" populations. As a cross-sector network of members, we aim to educate, empower and mobilize systems within communities nationwide for a healthier future.

Our network is the newest member of the CDC’s consortium of national networks, jointly funded by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), established to advance prevention efforts related to tobacco-related and cancer health disparities among vulnerable populations.  Our strategic focus areas are breast, cervical , colorectal and lung cancer prevention, screening, control and survivorship, tobacco use screening and cessation and tobacco-free environments. 

Our Network

Our diverse network members and partners represent employers, business groups, national and regional leaders-associations, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, health system organizations, state and county-level government agencies, individual researchers and professors from academic institutions, advocates and community volunteers.

Each member plays a valuable role in connecting with our target audience and it is this through collaboration that we can create a healthier world around us. View our current member list.


The concept “SelfMade Health” originates from the understanding that in the presence of affordable, supportive and resource-friendly environments (e.g. physical, social), individuals and subsequently populations can accrue greater awareness, knowledge, understanding, self-efficacy and subsequently increased control of their decisions about health risks and overall health.

In the presence of a sustained local infrastructure and corresponding evidence-based resources, decisions among vulnerable populations would be consistently applied throughout the entire continuum of health; beginning with prevention followed by use of early screening and routine treatment services as well as maintenance of low risk behaviors. This concept is also based on a historical perspective and belief that “a man, woman or teen can be the captain of his destiny.”

National & Regional Projects

In partnership with the American Lung Association, the National SelfMade Health Network Tobacco Cessation Marketplace Project was launched in July 2015. This multi-year national initiative involves integrating the American Lung Association (ALA) Assistors Project Toolkit throughout several geographical regions to further reduce tobacco use and lower cancer rates among vulnerable and underserved populations. Read more