The ACCCC is broken up into committees representing different areas of cancer control. Committee members meet in person at quarterly meetings as well as over the phone or in person as needed between meetings. Committees report their progress at each quarterly meeting along with plans for future activities.
The Prevention Committee encourages Alabamians to modify their lifestyle choices - to quit using tobacco, eat healthier, exercise more, reduce UV light exposure, reduce exposure to ionizing radiation and get vaccinated for HPV to prevent certain cancers. Prevention achieves these objectives by educating the public and affecting policies to ensure that Alabamians reduce their risk factors for cancer.
The Prevention Committee is currently working to educate decision-makers on the need for smoke free policies and the benefits of the regulation of tanning bed use by minors. These goals will be achieved by writing letters to editors of publications calling for smoke-free policies as well as sending postcards containing a tailored smoke-free message to decision-makers around the state. For tanning bed education, Prevention plans to distribute petitions through social media networks to garner support.
Prevention also has decided to educate healthcare providers and the general public on the benefits of the HPV vaccine. The committee plans to meet with editorial boards to discuss the issue.
The Early Detection Committee promotes public awareness of the importance of screening, as well as to increase access to quality screening opportunities for citizens.
Early Detection will focus on educating residents of underserved areas with low screening rates on the benefits of cancer screenings at community events. The committee will also create a list of resources for community members that will include locations of screening providers.
The committee will advocate at all levels of government for increased funding for screening and expanded screening services. They will also increase enrollment of community members in cancer prevention/clinical trials by educating the public about cancer trials and decreasing barriers to screening.
The Survivorship Committee develops public health strategies to help cancer survivors address the many psychological and medical challenges that come with the transition from treatment to survivorship. These strategies include identifying the needs and health status of cancer survivors as well as involving caregivers in the evaluation of resources available for palliative and supportive care.
The committee is currently working to develop a listserv of partners with survivorship interests throughout the state.
The Access to Care committee increases access to cancer treatment and screening statewide. It also increases patient navigation and supportive services in Alabama.
The committee is currently gathering baseline data for access to care in the state to measure the number of hospitals that are Accountable Care Organization (ACO) cancer centers as well as the number of cancer treatment facilities that offer genetic counseling, clinical trials or have a trial referral in place. The committee also plans to establish a baseline for Medicaid eligibility.
It is the goal of the Surveillance Committee to ensure that the ACCCC is a clearinghouse for all databases relevant to the control of cancer in Alabama. They will accomplish this by working with the Communications Committee to make these databases accessible to the public via the ACCCC website.
Currently, Surveillance is working closely with the Communications Committee to increase public access of cancer data to improve the Coalition website by providing easily-accessible links to state-specific cancer statistics. The Surveillance Committee will also investigate linking geo-specific cancer data with aggregate income and insurance status data in the future.
The Communications Committee works with other committees within the ACCCC to increase public knowledge of and generate interest in the coalition.
Currently, the Communications Committee is working with the Surveillance Committee to verify and maintain all links on this website as well as provide the most up-to-date cancer data available.
Page last updated: April 10, 2017