Cancer Coalition in Communities

The Colorado Cancer Coalition has launched a new program Cancer Coalition IN Communities.  By listening to community needs and working with local partners we are creating partnerships to address cancer prevention, early detection, treatment capacity, and survivorship. 

The Colorado Cancer Plan prioritizes increasing access to cancer screening services, including colonoscopy, mammography and low dose lung CT screening, in rural areas by implementing mobile services, traveling providers,  upgraded equipment or increased Medicaid reimbursement. Additionally, it prioritizes partnering with community-based organizations to reduce barriers (financial, cultural, structural or regional) to obtaining cancer screening services.

The Colorado Cancer Coalition in Communities program aims to:

Improve cancer outcomes for rural and frontier communities by working with the community to assess the needs and create a collaborative approach to cancer prevention and early detection. 

Some of the ways we’ll approach this: 

  • Connect the local community with resources, customized data, subject matter experts
  • Planning and implementing campaigns to bring awareness to issues to improve the lives of all Coloradans touched by cancer in the community. 

Coalition in Communities Pilot in Cheyenne County

What is the CCC Working on in Cheyenne County?

Cancer Plan Implementation in Action in Cheyenne County, Colorado

GOAL 5: Increased high quality cancer screening and early detection rates

OBJECTIVE 5.2: Increase high quality, guideline adherent, cancer screening rates among priority populations.

STRATEGIES:

  • 1. Increase access to cancer screening services for colorectal, cervical, breast, and lung, in rural areas by implementing mobile services, traveling providers, transportation assistance, upgraded equipment or increased Medicaid reimbursement.
  • 2. Partner with community-based organizations to reduce barriers (financial, cultural, structural or regional) to obtaining cancer screening services through engagement of community health workers, health navigators, and financial navigators.

GOAL 6: Consistent access to quality diagnostic and treatment services adherent with nationally recognized standards

OBJECTIVE 6.3: Reduce geographic barriers to accessing specialty care for quality diagnostic and cancer treatment.

STRATEGIES:

  • 1. Increase access to cancer diagnostic and treatment services in rural areas by implementing telemedicine, mobile services, traveling providers, transportation assistance, upgraded equipment or increased Medicaid reimbursement.
  • 2. Conduct a needs assessment to identify regional barriers to accessing specialty diagnostic and cancer treatment, including availability of specialists and use of technology.
  • 5. Engage community health workers, health navigators, social workers, and care coordinators to assist patients with overcoming barriers, including geographic or transportation.
  • 8. Use incidence, late stage, and mortality rates from rural counties with high disparity indices to guide and target specific prevention and early screening strategies.

GOAL 7: Increased participation in high quality clinical trials

OBJECTIVE 7.2: Reduce barriers to clinical trial participation.

STRATEGIES:

  • 1. Identify and address barriers to clinical trial participation in order to increase diversity among clinical trial participants.
  • 2. Develop mechanisms to reduce travel expenses related to clinical trial participation.

Join us virtually for the Cancer Plan Launch

Join us for a joint launch of the Colorado Cancer Plan and the Community Action Plan for Cheyenne County Communities that Care Community Action Plan.

Communities that Care – Cheyenne County – Community Action Plan

The Cheyenne County, Communities that Care Community Action Plan helps guide the building of connections for Youth

Prevention efforts to provide skill building, leadership opportunities, healthy relationships and promote mental, emotional and social well-being for all.

Colorado Cancer Coalition – Cancer Plan

The 2021-2025 Colorado Cancer Plan, represents a shared approach to overcoming Colorado’s cancer challenges through primary prevention, early detection, effective treatment and support for survivors from the time of diagnosis through survivorship and the end of life.

The Cancer Plan has a strong focus on prevention strategies which align with the Communities that Care for development of life long habits for healthy behavior, health promotion and risk prevention strategies that are critical for cancer prevention and overall health and wellness

Aligning state, local and regional efforts with a public health approach will create synergies and greater likelihood of uptake and sustainability and ultimately save the lives of more Coloradans.

Join us July 23

1:00 – 1:45 pm MT

Cheyenne County Fair and Tumbleweed Festival – Find the CCC and Learn about Cancer Resources in your Community

Thursday, July 22-

  • Join us at the Celebrity Pig Show at 8:30p to Support Cheyenne County Cancer Survivor Burt Guitterez and learn about cancer prevention and control!
  • Skin check and resources at the Cheyenne County Fair Grounds -The  Sun Bus Will be there from 12:00pm-5:00pm

Friday, July 23 –

  • Find the Sun Bus from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Cheyenne County Fair Grounds
  • Ice Cream for Lunch! Join local public health and the Cancer Coalition for our Ice Cream Social and to talk prevention resources in Cheyenne County
  • Join us live or virtually at 1p for the launch of the Co State Cancer Plan and the Communities that Care Action Plan!

Listen in to see how we are supporting Keefe Memorial Hospital and Prairie View Health Resources with resources around cancer prevention and survivorship! Learn about how to help support the need for the new Mammography Unit.

Saturday, July 24

  • Walk for a Cure-Starts at 7a on Main Street Cheyenne Wells, check out the CCC station along the way.
  • Grab free sunscreen and prizes at the Clark Oswald Softball tournament.  Softball VIPs will get a special prize from the CCC!