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Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership

The Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership (ACCP) is a diverse group of individuals and organizations representing many key stakeholders in cancer prevention, control and treatment.

Vision: A Cancer Free Alaska

Mission: Working Together for a Cancer Free Alaska

Goals

  • When possible, prevent cancer before it occurs.
  • When cancer occurs, find it as early as possible.
  • When cancer is diagnosed, every person will have access to the most appropriate and cost effective care.
  • Maximize the quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Reduce suffering and death from cancer.
  • Increase equity in access to appropriate preventive, diagnostic, medical and palliative care and clinical trials.
  • Incorporate the latest research and best practices into prevention and treatment of individuals with cancer.
  • Educate the public, providers, payers and policy makers on cancer issues.

Why would diverse groups with different interests work together?

A unified front is more powerful.
Comprehensive Cancer Control offers the power of collaboration to what otherwise might be a lonely fight. The result is a network of groups that speaks with one voice about reducing cancer risk, detecting cancers earlier, improving access to quality cancer treatment, and improving quality of life for cancer survivors.

Working together is more efficient.
By putting Comprehensive Cancer Control plans into action, coalitions prevent overlap and direct resources to where they matter most in every state, and in many tribes.

Collective action creates new allies.
People from all corners of the cancer community gain new allies by participating in Comprehensive Cancer Control. This allows them to pool resources, share expertise, and find new insight into better ways to get the job done.

Coalitions can tackle cross-cutting issues.
A united front against cancer can tackle major issues-like better access to quality care, survivorship, health disparities, and quality of life–that are too broad and cross-cutting for any one organization to confront alone.

How is the Partnership organized?

The organizational structure of the Partnership includes a Steering Committee, three workgroups in the areas of prevention, early detection and treatment, and four standing committees and two taskforces. The workgroups are responsible for activities that address priority strategies within the Alaska Comprehensive Control Plan. The Standing Committees are responsible for the operational activities of the partnership in the areas of membership; data review and evaluation; policy; and review of cancer disparities. The two task forces include nominations and a joint Alaska Native Health System and State Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Task Force with the purpose of increasing CRC screening statewide.

The Partnership has a set of bylaws to provide structure for its operation. Members are asked to demonstrate their commitment to the Partnership by completing and submitting and Membership Application and Member Profile.

How can I become involved in the Partnership?

Please contact:
Julia Thorsness
Program Coordinator
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
State of Alaska, DPH, Section of CDP&HP
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503
Phone: (907) 269-8092
Fax: (907) 269-5446