At a press conference held at the State Capitol this morning, the Connecticut Cancer Partnership launched the Connecticut Cancer Plan 2014 – 2017. Dr. Andrew Salner, Partnership Board Member, described the work and history of the Partnership before introducing Governor Dannel Malloy, who discussed the importance of cancer control both from a personal and statewide perspective.
Board Chair Linda Mowad noted that this Plan, “the third produced by the Partnership, recognizes the importance of common behavioral risk factors for chronic disease prevention, including cancer, and the effectiveness of population-based approaches to large scale reductions in disparities and improvements in outcomes, as well as the shifting challenges in our health care environment. We are excited, not only about the rollout of our Connecticut Cancer Plan 2014-2017, but also with the introduction of the new electronic version, which will allow us to update the Plan online, adding our achievements as we accomplish them and new strategies and programs as we initiate them.”
Board member, Dr. Pat Checko, co-chair of the Partnership’s Prevention Committee commented on the significance of policy, systems, and environmental changes in reducing cancers, nearly 70% of which can be attributed at least in part to tobacco, weight, and nutrition.
The last two plans, both endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have successfully guided cancer control in Connecticut across the continuum from prevention to end of life. Comprehensive cancer control integrates and coordinates existing programs focused on specific cancer sites or risk factors with one another and with health education, health promotion, and outreach activities to maximize use of available resources. It is based on the 1998 CDC model program designed to deliver information and services related to all aspects of cancer more efficiently.
The Connecticut Cancer Partnership is a broad, vital consortium of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations and individuals committed to reducing the burden of cancer and improving the lives of Connecticut residents with cancer. It is an open organization that seeks a broad membership and representation on its committees addressing prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, palliation/hospice, advocacy, communications, data and surveillance, evaluation, education, and disparities.
The Connecticut Cancer Partnership was formed in 2002 to draft and oversee implementation of Connecticut’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The five founding members of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership are the American Cancer Society, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the University of Connecticut Health Center, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and Yale Cancer Center. The Partnership now works with over 350 members, representing 150 organizations.