About Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA)

Community Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) is a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) program supporting local cancer prevention and risk reduction interventions using a policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change approach.


Through a competitive award process, four organizations were awarded a 5-year NYSDOH contract beginning in October 2018. CPiA serves 12 counties across the state to decrease exposure to ultraviolet radiation; increase cancer screening rates for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers; and increase awareness of and support for other cancer prevention efforts.


In their local communities, CPiA works on the following:

  • Raise awareness about skin cancer and the dangers of indoor tanning;
  • Help community partners adopt their own policies which promote sun safety and prevent skin cancer;
  • Work with employers to provide a paid time off benefit so their employees can access life-saving cancer screenings; and
  • Raise awareness about the HPV vaccine as cancer prevention.


To learn more about CPiA, contact a local resource working in your county.

For all other counties, please visit the NYS Department of Health or e-mail: [email protected].