What is the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration?

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Collaboration is a partnership of individuals and community partners who are committed to collectively eliminating cancer, the leading cause of death in our state.  In 2014, we developed the 2015-2020 New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, the blueprint for eliminating cancer.  NH CCC members include a broad spectrum of individuals working with, or affected by cancer such as: medical providers, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, advocates, policy makers, public health professionals, health insurers, survivors, and family members. Members work together, pooling and leveraging resources, in Task Forces and Committees to implement the NH Cancer Plan.

Why was the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration created?

Cancer is a major health threat in New Hampshire, touching lives in every corner of the state and in every socio-economic group. Cancer has been the Granite State‚Äôs leading cause of death for several years.  

Nationally, comprehensive cancer program efforts have resulted in many successful outcomes that convinced national stakeholders of the value of collaborating to conquer cancer. Each state receives federal funding to build and maintain capacity for a comprehensive cancer control program that includes a collaboration of statewide individual and community cancer-interest groups.

Development of the NH CCC began in 2003, when the state first established a steering committee to address the issues related to cancer in New Hampshire. The efforts of the steering committee established the groundwork for what later became known as the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. A Board of Directors was elected who hired a manager to coordinate the operations of the NH CCC.

How will the NH CCC reduce the burden of cancer in New Hampshire?

The 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan will serve as the blueprint for implementation activities for Task Forces over the next five years. This new plan is dynamic, with an emphasis on policy, systems and environmental change efforts, and with special attention to health equity. The implementation model for the 2015-2020 NH Cancer Plan is organized around distinct Task Forces (initially three) related to specific cross-cutting themes of the Plan. We anticipate that these will change over time, but the initial Task Forces include:

  • Equity
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Quality of Life

What has the Collaboration accomplished so far?

What is next?

  • Engage stakeholders in Task Forces and Committees with prioritized activities to:
    • Foster communities and systems that support and reinforce healthy lifestyles
    • Prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage
    • Optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer
  • Use a policy, systems, and environmental change approach and equity lens at both statewide and community levels that will impact health outcomes.
  • Enhance and expand partnerships to implement the objectives and strategies described in the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
  • Assess cancer-related disparities and data sources. Broaden membership diversity to assure inclusion of organizations and individuals who represent and support health equity.
  • Continue to identify and obtain resources to fund programs and to build infrastructure to achieve the objectives of the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.