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Cancer Control Efforts in Florida

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Florida takes a comprehensive approach in implementing cancer control efforts to reduce the disparities, morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. The efforts are guided by:

  1. The 2015 Florida Cancer Control and Research Plan which includes fifteen goals addressing five overarching themes data and surveillance; cancer prevention; screening; treatment and access to cancer care; cancer survivorship; and research.
  2. The Biomedical Research Advisory Council’s Strategic Research and Goals 2014 which focuses on health impact of research through the James and Ester King Biomedical Research and the William G. “Bill” Bankhead, Jr. and David Coley Cancer Research Programs.
  3. The leadership of the state cancer councils of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, and the Biomedical Research Advisory Council.
  4. The Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded program at the Florida Department of Health who provide coordination and support among public and private partners in the state, and
  5. There are six Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives which are groups of cancer stakeholders working collectively to address the goals of the Florida Cancer Plan on the local level
State Cancer Councils
The National and Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Florida Cancer Plan

The  2015 Florida Cancer Control and Research Plan was created by the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB) to provide an overview of the cancer burden in Florida, health disparities by population, specific behavioral and preventive measures that may reduce one’s risk of cancer, and early detection techniques by specific cancer sites or classifications.  The Florida Cancer Plan focuses on the following fifteen goals:

Theme #1: Burden of Cancer (Data and Surveillance)

  • Goal 1: Expand the statewide data and surveillance program (FCDS) to facilitate accurate and timely cancer diagnosis collection and reporting inclusive of all Floridians
  • Goal 2: Support the development of an outcomes-based statewide cancer integrated data repository to facilitate accurate identification of cancer patient treatments, outcomes and migration
  • Goal 3: Link key screening, laboratory, and molecular cancer test results into the Florida cancer integrated data repository

Theme #2: The Best Defense is a Great Offense (Prevention)

  • Goal 1: Decrease the proportion of Floridians who use tobacco products, with particular emphasis on prevention of tobacco use amongst youth
  • Goal 2: Promote healthy lifestyles and policies for Floridians to reduce the risk of cancer
  • Goal 3: Increase the proportion of Floridians who receive appropriate cancer screenings

Theme #3: Improving Patient Outcomes with Treatment (Access to Care)

  • Goal 1: Support policies that will ensure health equity for all cancer patients and their caregivers
  • Goal 2: Improve Floridian’s access to high-quality, multidisciplinary oncology care
  • Goal 3:  Increase the number of Floridians with access to and participation in cancer clinical trials

Theme #4: Improving Patient Outcomes with Treatment

  • Goal 1: Support policies that will ensure health equity for all cancer patients and their caregivers
  • Goal 2: Improve Floridian’s access to high-quality, multidisciplinary oncology care
  • Goal 3: Increase the number of Floridians with access to and participation in cancer clinical trials

Theme #4: Beyond the Cancer Diagnosis Survivorship (Survivorship)

  • Goal 1: Support education and awareness of cancer survivor needs in Florida
  • Goal 2: Support policies that ensure all Floridians with cancer (and their caregivers) have access to resources that provide quality of life during and after therapy
  • Goal 3:  Support policies that ensure all Floridians with incurable cancer have access to resources that provide dignified end of life care

Theme #5: Florida as a Cancer Care and Research Destination

  • Goal 1: Invest in Biomedical research – In Florida – For Floridians
  • Goal 2: Support the development of a state biomedical workforce pipeline (STEMS K-12 and beyond)
  • Goal 3:  Facilitate Florida-based Telemedicine for genomics and other advanced cancer research analytics and high-quality care

Cancer activities and initiatives throughout Florida are conducted based on the prioritized goals and strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan and there are respective committees that spearhead these efforts.  The goal specific committees meet either monthly or quarterly to develop and measure priority strategies.

Additionally, Florida partners have created the Florida Cancer Plan Guide: Building Blocks to Reduce the Burden and Enhance Cancer Collaboratives, as an accompanying document, to provide a framework for cancer partners in coordinating local cancer control efforts.

State Cancer Councils

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The Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB) was established by the Legislature in 1979 to advise the Legislature, Governor, and state Surgeon General on how to reduce the cancer burden in Florida (Florida Statute 1004.435). The Council monitors cancer trends and disparities, and also evaluates and promotes effective interventions to help in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. The Council is comprised of fifteen members: Governor appoints one member, President of the Senate appoints two members, Speaker of the House of Representatives appoints two members, the State Surgeon General or designee, the chief executive officer (CEOs) from nine specified organizations.  The Council works collaboratively with Florida’s Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) to formulate and review a statewide research plan, in addition to also developing and reviewing a statewide treatment plan. 

Visit the CCRAB website for more information.

Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives

Cancer collaboratives are regional groups of cancer stakeholders who meet on a routine calendar basis, and implement cancer control efforts to address the priority strategies of the cancer plan. Each of the Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives coordinate cancer control efforts among public and private partners, in accordance with their specific strategic plan. In addition to a chairperson leading the collaborative efforts, each regional cancer control collaborative has a coordinator to provide management and technical assistance. For information about what your regional collaborative in your area is doing, visit their websites listed below.

Northwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

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North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

East Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

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Southwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

To contact your regional cancer collaborative coordinator and become a member, see this map or the text equivalent.

The South and East American Indian Council was formed in 2011 and aims to build capacity and educate non-Federally recognized tribes, clans and bands on cancer prevention.

The Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) is an 11-member Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) that advises the State Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program. Four of the BRAC members are appointed by the Governor. The BRAC is charged with developing the strategic objectives and priorities of the programs and with recommending which research proposals should be funded, based on the scientific merit of the proposals, as determined by open competitive peer review. Visit the BRAC website for more information.

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The National and Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

In 2001, the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program, housed in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, was created through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main objective of the cooperative agreement is to reduce the cancer burden through a collaborative effort with public and private partners. The CDC started the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to help states, tribes, and territories form coalitions, also called programs, to fight cancer. These coalitions collect data to determine the greatest cancer-related needs in their area, and develop and carry out CCC plans to meet those needs. To learn more about the NCCCP please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/.

The CCC Program employs cancer control efforts through the development and implementation of a strategic and collaborative approach to implementing data- and evidence-based cancer education and prevention activities statewide. These cancer prevention activities include addressing risk behaviors which impede health such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and ultraviolet ray exposure.

The CCC Program is responsible for: providing technical assistance to the regional cancer control collaboratives; providing program and technical support to county health departments and various cancer groups; distributing cancer health educational materials, information, and data; providing administrative support to the FCPC, oversight of contractual agreements and maintaining a program-specific website. The CCC Program also serves as a convener and facilitator of cancer stakeholders by providing networking opportunities, mobilizing cancer partners, promoting public and professional cancer educational campaigns, providing leadership and support on cancer issues statewide and coordinating with federal agencies.

Florida also received a competitive grant for Policy, Systems and Environment Change (PSE), which works with the CCC Program to support the goals of the Cancer Plan. To increase access to screening and treatment, the PSE Program has supported the development of the Florida Community Health Worker (CHW) Coalition.

Additionally, the Program staff collaborates with the CDC's various media projects promoting healthy lifestyles and cancer risk reduction. Other responsibilities include working toward developing guidelines and policies pertaining to county health department activities. The CCC Program networks with other departmental programs within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and the department as a whole to coordinate activities for overlapping risk factors.

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