DC CANCER CONSORTIUM Working together to saves lives in the District of Columbia Metro Area
DCCC’s MissionDCCC’s mission is to harness thepower of collaboration in reducingcancer deaths.Guided by a five-year Cancer ControlPlan, we are uniquely positioned tomarshal the extraordinary healthcareand community resources of the DCMetro Area in order to save lives,especially among populations wherecancer diagnoses and mortality aredisproportionately high.
Each Year in the District2,700 residents are diagnosed with cancer 1,100 lives are lost to the disease700 people die from tobacco-related illness
The Issues• Certain cancers hit Washington, DC particularly hard… Deaths from some major types of cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, and prostate) are higher in DC than in much of the nation as a whole.*• Inequities in access to care account for much of the difference. Minority residents of DC are significantly more likely than white residents to die from these types of cancer.** (*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and **DC Cancer Registry.)
The Issues• DC has one of the country’s highest cancer mortality rates,* lower than only five of this country’s poorest states.**• Cancer mortality in the District is highest in wards 5, 7, and 8, those with the highest concentrations of African Americans and low-income residents.*** *National Cancer Institute, 2011; ** U.S. Census, 2011, “Median Household Income, 2008”; *** DC Cancer Registry, 2011
The Issues• Despite one of the nation’s highest insured populations and some of the country’s best hospitals, access to cancer specialists remains a challenge for DC’s low-income population.• The District collects more than $35 million each year from cigarette taxes and tobacco-related revenue.• The District currently spends ZERO local dollars on cancer and only $500,000 on tobacco programs• Tobacco-related health costs alone top $600 million each year in the District.
SolutionsGuided by a five-year Cancer Control Plan, DCCancer Consortium is uniquely positioned tomarshal the extraordinary healthcare andcommunity resources of the DC metro areathrough advocacy, capacity building,collaboration, education, grantmaking, outreachand research.
Cancer Control Plan Implementation What Is Needed to Produce Change?A true sense of ownership of the PlanNot only by the members of the Consortium but also by the leadershipstructure of the City. Each member organization, individual stakeholder,executive branch agency, and legislative representative must be—and feellike—a necessary part of a systemic change process, working not only withinan individual entity but as an integral and inseparable part of a coalitionmaking an enormous difference in the local cancer burden.
Cancer Control Plan Implementation What Is Needed to Produce Change?Data for measurement and process improvementWhile this may seem a simple requirement, it involves challenges such as thesharing of potentially proprietary information, the improvement of legacyinformation systems, and the expansion of traditional data elements withinthe HIPAA framework.
Cancer Control Plan Implementation What Is Needed to Produce Change?ResourcesPrivate and public funding sources will need to be engaged to support theeducational, service, and other initiatives outlined in the plan. However,dollars are only one of the necessary resources. Others include innovations incollaborating, and coalition-building among new partners—all with an eyetoward breaking out of parochial “silos” and working toward common publichealth goals. Stakeholder organizations must self-inventory internalresources—physical, human, organizational—that can contribute to achievingthe plan’s goals.
Cancer Control Plan Implementation Resources Needed to Fund the PlanAnnual funding needs for the DCCC’s core programs total about$9 million. Costs to implement the entire five-year plan totalabout $45 million.Of the totals, about 42.5 percent is devoted to initiatives thatsupport the overall plan, about 46.5 percent goes for disease-and program-specific projects, about 11 percent is for DCCCoperations.
Cancer Control Plan Implementation DCCC’s RecommendationThe District must make a substantial annual investment of no lessthan $10 million each year to fund the Cancer Control Plan.DCCC has proposed… and is advocating for… creation of a DCCancer Control Fund and asking that District Government supportit with a minimum of $10 million each year from tobacco taxesand related revenues.
You Can Help! DCCC can maintain essential cancer-fighting programswith help from supporters like you.
You Can Help – Here’s How Speak Up Contact your DC Council Member and ask them toinvest in cancer control by creating the DC Cancer Control Fund and supporting it with a minimum of $10 million each year.
You Can Help – Here’s How Learn MoreVisit our website at: www.dccanceranswers.org Find DC Cancer Consortium on Facebook Follow us on Twitter@dccancer
You Can Help – Here’s How VolunteerDistribute outreach materials, sign a petition, help with office support, or host a fundraiser. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
You Can Help – Here’s How Donate Support our programs by making a contribution online at www.dccanceranswers.org Or contact DCCC at: 202-821-1933
PART 2ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW FOR SELECT AUDIENCES
MembershipMore than 75 members, including: • Advocacy Organizations • Cancer Centers • Cancer Survivors • Community-based Organizations • Government Agencies • Public Health Agencies
DCCC’s StrengthDCCC is demonstrating the power of collaboration in fightingcancer in the DC Metro Area, bridging established cancerorganizations with grassroots communities.We have:• Engaged disparate stakeholders (e.g., regional cancer centers, policymakers, and local government) to focus on collaborative cancer control strategies• Successfully driven development of the DC Cancer Control Plan• Fulfilled our initial grant-making function to fund and build the capacity of a network of community groups that deliver services to underserved populations.
DCCC’s RoleWithin the framework of the Cancer Control Plan, DCCC has fivedistinct roles:1. Convening and facilitating collaborative cancer control efforts2. Strategic grant-making that focuses on increasing equity in access to care3. Advocacy of systemic changes (e.g., reimbursements, research) that impact access to care4. Translation and dissemination of cancer evidence-based findings through training, education and funding5. Providing technical assistance and capacity building to strengthen community groups delivering relevant services.
DCCC’s VisionBy 2021, DC CancerConsortium will be widelyrecognized as a leader incancer control, developing andsharing models forcollaborative planning andstrategies of value tomunicipalities and regionsacross the nation.
DC Cancer AnswersThe DC Cancer AnswersSM phone line providessupport to newly diagnosed cancer patients and theircaregivers to answer questions about counseling,insurance, nutrition, and more. Through ourpartnership with the American Cancer Society, theGeorge Washington Cancer Institute and the CitywidePatient Navigation Network ensures that cancerpatients have access to life-saving care, regardless ofability to pay.
Community Resource Guide The DCCC Community Resource Guide is an extensive, up-to-date compilation of reliable information to help and support people with cancer, caregivers and healthcare professionals throughout the DC metropolitan area. Download a FREE copy today by visiting www.dccanceranswers.org and clicking UNDERSTAND + Publications.
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DCCC CONSORTIUM ORGANIZATION CHART 2012 DC CANCER Organization Chart DC Cancer Consortium Board of Directors Executive Director YaVonne Vaughan Deputy Director and CDO Robert Grom Director of Finance Director Program Monitoring and David Castaneda Evaluation Courtney Clyatt Policy Manager Communications Grant Writer Development Development Stuart Berlow Manager Carrie Feehan Specialist Coordination Lisa Bass Lisa Yearwood Jessica Nazar Finance Intern DC Pediatric Palliative Care Collaboration Board of DirectorsKEY Direct reports In-direct reports DCCC – DCPPCC Board Liaison and Administrative Oversight