Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) programs are a collaborative method to address cancer burden. Each CCC program is required to have a cancer plan to guide activities to reduce the cancer burden in their jurisdiction and should reflect the most recent research and evidence-based strategies. In 2015, Michigan set out to revise its CCC plan that met the needs of its coalition while using a participatory process involving its network of approximately 100 stakeholders. A collaborative approach involving multiple workgroups was used to develop the criteria and content for the CCC plan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) staff did the research and the coalition workgroups finalized the objectives and strategies to include in the plan. The coalition's leadership oversaw the process and approved the final CCC plan. The resulting CCC plan was brief, yet comprehensive, and based on data and research. The structured process resulted in a data driven CCC plan with input from stakeholders throughout the process. The Cancer Plan for Michigan is measurable and provides a clear method for assessing progress on reducing the cancer burden. The planning and support from MDHHS staff allowed for stakeholders to have focused conversations and use their time efficiently. A formal evaluation of the process was not conducted and will be adopted in the future.
Muthukuda, Dilhara MPH; Webster, Debbie BSN, RN, LMSW; Hager, Polly MSN, RN; and Mott, Sarah MPH, MS, RDN
"Lessons Learned from Revising the Cancer Plan for Michigan,"
Michigan Journal of Public Health: Vol. 9
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mjph/vol9/iss1/10