SelfMade Health Network envisions a nation in which multi-generational vulnerable populations  with low socioeconomic status, residing throughout rural, urban and frontier regions have equitable awareness and access to geographic and culturally-relevant information.

We envision a nation in which underserved communities also possess equitable access to current, evidence-based resources and affordable services provided by a national, regional, local and statewide network of health, human, and community-based systems. As valued members of society, they routinely utilize these services leading to greater opportunities for more informed decisions about cancer-free living and tobacco-free environments.



SelfMade Health Network specifically focuses on reducing and eliminating tobacco-related and cancer health disparities in documented populations with low socioeconomic status (SES) characteristics. Through the establishment of membership-based partnerships at national, state and regional levels, coupled with the promotion of new insights and innovative solutions, SelfMade Health Network strives to link vulnerable populations to essential information, resources and services to assure the provision of equitable preventive care and environmental support where otherwise unavailable.

Through the establishment of cross-cutting leadership, the mission of SelfMade Health Network is to create a collaborative network in which generations of populations “at risk” of having poor physical, psychological, and/or social health can connect with resources to effectively meet their needs related to cancer prevention and reduced risks associated with tobacco use.



The SelfMade Health Network is operated by Patient Advocate Foundation. SelfMade Health Network’s funding comes from the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) within the CDC, distributed through the CDC-RFA-DP18-1808 "Networking2Save"-National Network Approach to Preventing and Controlling Tobacco-related Cancers in Special Populations Agreement.

SelfMade Health Network is one of the newest members of the CDC’s consortium of national networks established to advance prevention efforts related to tobacco-related and cancer health disparities among vulnerable populations.  Working alongside SelfMade Health Network as sibling networks, the following have also been awarded a cooperative agreement to address tobacco-related and cancer health disparities in their respective populations.

This information would be helpful to organizations (private, non-profit), and national associations new to the CDC world or these terms or acronyms such as: Networking2Save, DP18-1808, etc. This information is also beneficial to state programs (especially those with new staff) and their partner organizations, as it reveals an official designation by the CDC and displays that we are part of a larger entity.

CDC National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) - Networking2Save (DP18-1808) CDC Smoking & Tobacco Use- Networking2Save: CDC’s National Network Approach to Preventing and Controlling Tobacco-related Cancers in Special Populations

Other sibling networks include:
Reaching Asian Americans Pacific Islanders through Innovative Strategies to Achieve Equity (RAISE)
The Center for Black Health & Equity
Nuestras Voces (Our Voices)
LGBT HealthLink
Geographic Health Equity Alliance
National Native Network
National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control