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Sustaining Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions

Issue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP), funds comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs to convene and support cancer coalitions and to evaluate coalition effectiveness. Cancer coalitions are “comprised of key stakeholders uniquely positioned to achieve cancer plan goals and activities” (CDC, 2016). Coalitions are responsible for periodic revision of a state, tribe, territory or jurisdiction cancer plan and implementation of plan priorities at state or local levels. A well-functioning cancer coalition is integral to the successful implementation of a cancer plan’s priorities.

How is the National Partnership supporting coalitions?

To help maintain and sustain cancer control coalitions, the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) has prioritized initiatives that focus on assisting coalitions to achieve a high level of effectiveness in their efforts. By providing and coordinating technical assistance and training among National Partners, the CCCNP seeks to assist coalitions throughout the nation to successfully develop/update, implement, and evaluate their cancer control plans.

To achieve this, the CCCNP Sustaining Coaliitons work group disseminates and provides technical assistance on the Nine Habits of Successful Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions. This guide includes information on the attributes of high performing CCC coalitions, real life experiences of CCC coalitions, self-assessments for each habit, and tools and guidance to apply and incorporate the habits in practice.

In addition, the Sustaining Coalitions work group hosts regular CCC coalition and program leadership calls in response to coalition leaders' request to have an informal virtual space to discuss successes, as well as well as exchange ideas and practices that may improve coalition functioning and sustainability of efforts. Each meet-up focuses on one of the nine habits, such as coalition structure or diversified resources, or other relevant topics including CCC plan development, implementation and coalition membership engagement.

Resources

CCC Implementation Building Blocks: A Guide and Tools for Implementing Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Priorities

A simplified process for mobilizing CCC coalitions to make a difference in efforts to implement their cancer plan.

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Engaging Businesses in CCC Coalitions: The Value Proposition for Comprehensive Cancer Control

This toolkit was developed to assist coalitions in analyzing their membership and in engaging for-profit businesses in their coalitions. It provides guidance on building successful partnerships with businesses, features tools that can be adapted by CCC programs and offers additional resources.

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Nine Habits of Successful Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions

The Nine Habits Guide was developed in 2012 and updated in 2019 and explores the attributes of high performing CCC coalitions, real life experiences of CCC coalitions, and a 2018 unpublished literature review on elements of the Nine Habits. To help with specific challenges in their coalition, CCC coalitions can use self-assessments found in the Nine Habits guide to help diagnose issues and provide action steps toward improvement of coalition functioning and sustainability.

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Sustaining Coalitions Zoom Meet-ups for CCC Coalition Leadership

Through these meet-ups, the Sustaining Coalitions workgroup aims to create a supportive network of interconnected coalition leadership working to address cancer-related needs and health disparities across states, tribes, territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions. Each one-hour meet-up is facilitated by a National Partner around a specific topic related to coalition functioning and sustainability. The meet-ups are held on a quarterly basis.

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Reference

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2016). Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for State, Territorial, and Tribal Organizations, CDC-RFA-DP17-1701.