Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP), an initiative of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership), tackles both individual and environmental risk factors for cancer and chronic disease in communities across the country to improve the health of Canadians. These risk factors include obesity, use of tobacco, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, consuming alcohol, exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun, and an unsupportive built environment. Each CLASP project includes organizations from at least two provinces or territories, and brings together research, practice, and policy experts, to form coalitions that integrate cancer prevention with strategies to prevent other chronic diseases that share common risk factors.
After the successful completion of CLASP’s first phase (CLASP1), from 2009 to 2012, followed by a two year renewal phase of three CLASP1 projects, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer funded an additional five CLASP projects (CLASP2) in 2013. These five CLASP2 projects will receive a total of $10.8 million over three years including a commitment of $1.2 million from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.