In 1985, the Texas Legislature established the Texas Cancer Council as the state agency charged with developing and implementing the Texas Cancer Plan.
Cancer experts in various fields -- data, planning, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship – came
together to develop the Texas Cancer Plan.
Texas Cancer Plan guides Texas Cancer Council actions and initiatives.
Who is the Texas Cancer Council?
The Council is statutorily charged with:
Developing and working to implement the Texas Cancer Plan.
Promoting the development and coordination of effective statewide public and private policies, programs and services related to cancer.
Encouraging cooperative, comprehensive and complementary planning among public, private and volunteer sectors involved in cancer prevention, detection, treatment and research.
The Texas Cancer Council is the state agency dedicated to reducing the human and economic impact of cancer on Texans through the promotion and support of collaborative, innovative and effective programs and policies for cancer prevention and control.
What is the Texas Cancer Plan ?
A statewide blueprint for cancer prevention and control
A consensus-based, strategic document for public- and
private sector cancer control organizations
A planned, evidence-based approach to reducing the cancer burden in Texas
The aim of the Texas Cancer Plan is to:
Provide a clear, unifying vision of cancer-related priorities
Provide Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Steps to guide efforts to reduce the burden of cancer in Texas
How do communities put the Plan into Action?
By becoming familiar with the Texas Cancer Plan , they learn about the cancer issues facing communities throughout Texas – and how they can take action.
By using the Plan as a blueprint, they will become part of a statewide effort to battle cancer in a comprehensive and unified manner.
Identify goals tailored to their community’s cancer needs.
Communities can use the Plan to:
Establish local coalitions to address community issues.
Guide their actions using the Plan’s Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Action Steps.
The Big Country “Healthier Kids” initiative (Abilene) provides tobacco and sun exposure education programs for children and their parents to reduce cancer risk.
Examples of the Plan in Action:
The Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) is increasing nurses’ skills in cancer prevention and control by providing education resources, programs, and technical assistance.
County Extension Agents at the Texas Cooperative Extension provide cancer prevention education to rural residents.
Texas Cancer Plan Goals Prevention Information and Services Early Detection and Treatment Professional Education and Practice Cancer Data Acquisition and Utilization Survivorship
The Texas Cancer Plan is available online, in print, and on CD-ROM: How do I get a copy of the Plan ? Online (downloadable): www.tcc.state.tx.us For print or CD-ROM, write, call, or e-mail your request to: Texas Cancer Council P.O. Box 12097 Austin, TX 78711 (512) 463-3190 [email_address]
Texas Cancer Facts & Figures Provides statistical data about cancer in the state. Texas Cancer Control Toolkit Provides practical how-to instructions and resource information for communities ready to take action. Companion Resources:
Mission The TCCC Coalition exists to promote, enhance, and expand all public and private partners’ efforts to implement the Texas Cancer Plan 2005 : A statewide blueprint for cancer prevention and control in Texas. The aim of the Coalition is to advance cooperative efforts that focus on the goals of the Texas Cancer Plan .
Why Implement at Local Level?
Cancer control happens locally
Diverse populations within distinct geographic regions
21 million residents
286,601 square miles
State public health focus on local development of services
Forming Community Cancer Coalitions
Work through existing DSHS Health Service Regions
Leverage resources through Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Partners
Market comprehensive cancer control to communities
DSHS Health Service Regions
American Cancer Society local community directors
Texas Cancer Council funded programs
Breast and Cervical Cancer funded programs
Office of Tobacco Prevention & Control regional staff
American Cancer Society’s Texas Cancer Facts & Figures
Texas Cancer Registry community cancer data sheets
Texas Cancer Data Center county cancer resources
Community Cancer Data Sheets
Local source of information:
Local health departments
Unique community issues
Local community agency dynamics
Presented CCC to Regional Health Directors
Asked for volunteers
2 regions per year
Requested support for CCC staff
Region 4 & Region 1
DSHS Health Service Regions
Initial visits to meet DSHS regional staff and other community leaders