New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Awards Funds to Local Organizations to Advance the NH Cancer Control Plan

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) is pleased to announce it has awarded $20,000 to fund the efforts of four organizations in support of advancing the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and its mission of reducing the burden of cancer, the leading cause of death in New Hampshire.

The Implementation Awards support evidence-based strategies or promising practices that are directly linked to the objectives identified in the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, which are to foster communities and systems that support and reinforce healthy lifestyles; prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stages; and optimize the quality of life affected by cancer. Activities must use a policy, systems or environmental change (PSE) strategy that offers opportunities to further develop community partnerships and/or advance health equity.

The following organizations were awarded funding for their implementation initiatives:

  • Manchester Community Health Center was awarded $8,000.00 to increase the percentage of patients who receive screening for colorectal cancer with an emphasis on disparate populations where screening rates are below the NH screening rate;
  • Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice in collaboration with the NH CCC Shared Decision Making Task Force was awarded $7,450.00 to facilitate two state-wide shared decision making trainings for health professionals to increase the number of providers trained to offer shared decision making as it relates to cancer screenings;
  • The NH CCC Equity Task Force was awarded $3,550.00 to work with small businesses whose employees are less likely receive recommended cancer screenings;
  • NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization in partnership with the Quality of Life Task Force was awarded $1,000.00 to survey NH cancer center system practices related to patients who report unmanaged pain and develop a tool of pain management options that will include both medications and non-pharmaceutical approaches.

"The work that's being done by these community-based organizations to increase screening rates among disparate populations and improve pain management for those living with cancer is in direct alignment with the goals of the NH Cancer Control Plan," stated Robert Gerlach, Chair of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and Norris Cotton Cancer Center Associate Director for Administration. "It is through these collaborative efforts, that focus on local communities, that we hope to achieve a reduction in the overall burden of cancer in New Hampshire."

The NH CCC has awarded close to $150,000 to local organizations since 2007. The NHCCC receives funding from the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. The NH CCC is an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC). The FHC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health and health care in New Hampshire by addressing quality of care, access to care and community prevention. The NHCCC works with its partners to reduce the burden of cancer, which is the leading cause of death in New Hampshire.

 

About the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) was established in 2004 to address the leading cause of death in New Hampshire. The NHCCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NHCCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: foster communities and systems that support and reinforce healthy lifestyles, prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage, and optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer. For more information about the NHCCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.