Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership Announces New Leadership
Sarah Shafir, MPH and Sarah Kerch, MPH, will serve as chair and vice-chair of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership in 2022.
ATLANTA (January 14, 2022) -- The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) is pleased to announce that Sarah Shafir, MPH and Sarah Kerch, MPH have been elected as the chair and vice-chair of the CCCNP. In these roles, Shafir and Kerch will be responsible for leading the 19 partner organizations of the CCCNP.
“I am honored to serve as the Chair of this esteemed partnership, the CCCNP, who works together to reduce the unequal burden of cancer for patients, families and communities across the country”, said Shafir. “This partnership has been proactive in supporting cancer coalitions to address systemic inequities brought to light during the pandemic”, Shafir added. The CCCNP curated resources, led critical conversations on health equity with national experts, issued a statement on health equity and racism, offered virtual check-ins for cancer coalitions to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their work, as well as incorporated health equity objectives in its strategic plan and priority workgroup action plans.
Ms. Shafir is the Managing Director, National Partnerships and Innovation with the American Cancer Society. In this role, Ms. Shafir serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Comprehensive Cancer Control Technical Assistance and Training Cooperative Agreement and the PI on the CDC’s Strengthening Hospital Systems Capacity Building for Cancer Prevention and Screening Cooperative Agreement with the Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Shafir has been engaged in comprehensive cancer control coalition work at both the state and national levels. Ms. Shafir has served on the Leadership Group of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership since 2015.
Ms. Kerch is the Comprehensive Cancer Control Technical Assistance Manager at the George Washington University Cancer Center where she oversees the team's efforts to identify and address the needs of CCC programs and coalitions. Prior to her time at GW, Sarah was the Program Director of Wisconsin's CCC program and coalition efforts. While with the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative, Sarah took part in the revision of three statewide cancer plans (2010-2015, 2015-2020, and 2020-2030) and spearheaded Wisconsin's cancer coalition revitalization, which centered the 9 Habits of Successful CCC Coalitions to increase member engagement.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership, established in 1998, is a collaborative group of diverse national organizations working together to build and strengthen comprehensive cancer control (CCC) efforts across the nation. Today, the CCCNP is an influential group of leading cancer organizations that utilize their combined strengths and resources to change the trajectory of the cancer burden in the U.S.
As Chair and Vice-Chair, Ms. Shafir and Ms. Kerch work with the CCCNP Leadership Group to identify opportunities to coordinate across priority areas and member organizations, ensure that the CCCNP structure is optimal for implementing priorities, and provide recommendations to the full CCCNP leadership regarding priority issues, membership requests, and resource needs.
About the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership
The CCCNP consists of 19 leading national cancer organizations that come together to utilize their combined strengths and resources to support and advance the work of comprehensive cancer control coalitions. Two strategic goals guide the work of the CCCNP, including coordinating national comprehensive cancer control efforts and facilitating and providing support to comprehensive cancer control coalitions.
The current focus areas of the CCCNP include:
- Sustaining effective CCC coalitions in states, tribes and territories
- Increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening to 80% in every community
- Addressing health behaviors of cancer survivors
- Addressing vaccine-preventable cancers
- Advancing health equity
To learn more about the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership, please visit our website at www.cccnationalpartners.org.