• The Equity TF determined that food service workers have a high rate of smoking. They conducted a survey of small business employers to determine how they might help employees quit smoking. Quit resources were mailed with the survey.
  • The Equity Task Force used state industry and occupation data to target populations less likely to receive cancer screenings and mailed posters, about FREE breast and cervical screening services and tobacco treatment resources, to 1,500 food service establishments in NH. They also developed a White Paper, “Examining Preventive Cancer Screening Rates Among Vulnerable Adults in NH”.
  • The Quality of Life Task Force developed an informational card for people who experience pain as result of their cancer or cancer treatment, that provides options to consider to prevent and manage their pain including many non-pharmaceutical approaches.
  • The Shared Decision Making Task Force:
  • Worked with University of New Hampshire students and NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization to identify gaps and propose solutions to meeting spiritual care needs of patients, resulting in the development of a spiritual care pocket card.
  • Collectively developed the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, (using a policy, systems and environmental change approach and equity lens) that will serve as the blueprint for the Collaboration’s six-year plan for action.
  • Celebrated the 12th Annual Meeting in 2017, our premiere event, that focused on cancer survivorship. The event generated sponsorship from NH cancer centers, featured three keynote speakers, and attracted over 150 professionals from around New Hampshire.
  • Convened policy advocates to work synergistically in monitoring and supporting evidence based cancer prevention legislation and, and garnering letters of support and testimony from partners.  
  • Collaborated with partners to discourage teen indoor tanning and change high school and college age tanning norms. This served as the foundation for successful legislation passed in 2015 that bans tanning for those under age 18.
  • Convened the first meeting of Clinical Trial coordinators from the cancer centers who developed and maintain a map of trials available in NH.
  • Developed a cancer-specific ACA resource to provide information on enrollment and verification of covered cancer screenings.
  • Advocated for the addition of questions to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) related to prostate cancer screening/shared decision making.
  • Developed a treatment summary and customizable survivor care plan.
  • Worked with University of New Hampshire students and NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization to identify gaps and propose solutions to meeting spiritual care needs of patients, resulting in the development of a spiritual care pocket card.
  • Partnered with NH Hospice and Palliative Care organization to assist with the development of a Palliative Care tool kit to promote and support earlier access to palliative care.
  • Collaborated with Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock to create and disseminate emerging issue briefs.
  • Financially supported partners’ activities to:
    • convene a lung cancer screening forum aimed at creating a statewide coordinated approach of best practices for screening.
    • work with health systems to improve HPV vaccination rates
    • create a replicable and scalable model for educating, empowering, and motivating teens to advocate for public policies to reduce tobacco use in their communities
    • identify and adapt a POLST training program that is customized to NH and will increase access to POLST discussions and documents for quality end of life care.
  • Hosted training for members on: Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Efforts; Public Policy; and National Network of Libraries of Medicine resources.
  • In 2015, sent a letter in 2015 to middle and high school principals and superintendents related to tobacco use laws and enforcement policies including a list of Resources for Preventing and Treating Youth Tobacco Use.
  • Participated in the formulation and evaluation of a web-based survey tool to identify the unmet needs of cancer survivors in NH, and supported a successful grant proposal to fund this project.