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June 2017

"The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration represents a forum to capitalize on the sharing of evidence-based best practices and pursuing their dissemination to the diverse local communities we represent."
                                                                         -Robert Gerlach, Board Chair
June is National Cancer Survivor Month

According to the National Cancer Institute, an individual in considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis until the end of life. Family members, friends, and care givers are also considered survivors due to the effects of the diagnosis on them.
A goal of the "2015-2020 NH Cancer Plan" is to optimize quality of life for survivors. The Quality of Life Task Force is embarking on a new initiative this month to identify and meet the needs of survivors in NH; there are over 77,000 who live here. You are invited to join this exciting opportunity. 

Upcoming Events

June 5 - July 24:
Community Health Worker training , Southern NH Area Health Education Center  

June 7, 2017 , 12-1:00 
June 23, 2017 , 9-1:30 
Mill Falls at the Lake, Meredith, NH

September 29, 2017 , 8:00 am - 4:30 pm,
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, NH

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A Message from the Board Chair
Bob Gerlach
Robert Gerlach, Chair, NH CCC Board of Directors
On an annual basis three national organizations, the Association of American Cancer Institutes, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, arrange for local delegations to brief their Congressional representatives on the "state" of cancer research discovery. 

Nationwide, death records from the National Center for Health Statistics have reported a 20.1% relative decrease in cancer mortality between 1980 and 2014. 

At the county level, however, disparities actually widened, with some counties reporting overall cancer mortality roughly seven times higher than the lowest counties. Factors driving these disparities include socio-economic status, access to care, quality of care, and prevalence of risky health behaviors. 

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration represents a forum to capitalize on the sharing of evidence-based best practices and pursuing their dissemination to the diverse local communities we represent.

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A Message from Judy Proctor
Welcome our New Director - Terry Johnson

Judy Proctor welcomes Terry Johnson
The rumors are true; I am indeed retiring at the end of this month with the intent of spending more time with my family, especially our grandchildren who are ages 5, 4, 3, and 2. One of my many immediate goals is to become engaged in their lives, which has been challenging with two of them living in California.

It has been an interesting, sometimes challenging, but incredibly rewarding ride to serve as Manager of the Collaboration for the past ten years. I am delighted to pass the reins on to my colleague at the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Terry Johnson, who has been the Director of the NH HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Initiative for nine years and will now transition to direct the Collaboration. I can personally assure you that his leadership will serve the Collaboration well in achieving the goals of the "NH Comprehensive Cancer Plan", and continuing the mission of reducing the burden of cancer in NH.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with so many talented, knowledgeable, and supportive people.  It is with great pride that I embark upon the next chapter of my life. I will eagerly follow the activities of the membership from the sidelines (and Facebook).   My wish is for you to continue your commitment to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer through implementation of the Cancer Plan. 
"Breastfeeding and Cancer Prevention" Issue Brief Released
We are pleased to share a new emerging issue brief, "Breastfeeding and Cancer Prevention", that was developed in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and shared with attendees at our annual meeting on April 5. 

Breastfeeding has many significant health benefits for both mothers who breastfeed and children who are breastfed, including cancer prevention for both participants in the breastfeeding dyad. 

Promotion of exclusive or any breastfeeding requires sustained efforts of medical and health professionals, as well as support through public health entities, policies, legislation, and social support. Continued and improved provision of and support for lactation professionals in our hospitals and communities, and policies and legislation that promote and support breastfeeding are evidence-based ways to prevent cancer across the life course for both mothers and children.

An Update from the HPV Vaccine Stakeholder Working Group
Organizations across New Hampshire came together in 2016 to form the HPV Vaccine Stakeholders Working Group to collaborate on evidence-based efforts to increase HPV vaccine rates across the state. With support from a NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration implementation funding award, the group set out to host provider education and public awareness events focusing on targeted New Hampshire populations. 

The implementation period was January through May 2017 and resulted in a series of successful events. In January, the group organized two provider education trainings at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. The content was based on the CDC's "You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention" campaign. Thirty-three providers from various disciplines and departments including pediatrics, women's health, family medicine, and community health participated.  

Of the participants, 100% stated they would recommend the session to others, and over 85% indicated they plan to implement at least one change to improve their practice or patient care to increase HPV vaccinations. Over 95% agreed or strongly agreed that as a result of the training, they can provide useful and compelling information about the HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate.

Featured Partner Jenna E. Schiffelbein
Jenna demonstrates the inflatable colon 
Jenna Schiffelbein, MPH, RD, LD, CHES, is a true champion for the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. Jenna's career has always included a wellness component, from the school environment to worksite wellness to healthy communities. 

This is true as well in her current role as the Community Health Educator for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Jenna is involved in many activities that are advancing the NH Cancer Plan. As a member of the Equity Task Force, the group targeted populations less likely to receive cancer screenings and mailed information about free breast and cervical screening services and tobacco treatment resources to 1,500 food service establishments. 

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Celebrating "Partnerships in Healthcare"
The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration hosted its 12th Annual Meeting at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on April 5th. 

The program, titled, "Partnerships in Healthcare: Enhancing the Cancer Survivorship Experience" was an opportunity for more than 150 attendees to learn about the positive outcomes of collective impact on cancer survivorship at community, environmental, and individual levels.  

NH CCC Board Chair, Robert Gerlach, MPA, opened the Annual Meeting with a comprehensive review of the Collaboration's progress in achieving its goals as outlined in New Hampshire's "2015-2020 Comprehensive Cancer Plan", followed by Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, President & CEO Emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Benz, in his keynote address, illustrated the importance of institutional strategic partnerships in advancing cancer care and research. 

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Director for Patient Centered Initiatives & Health Equity at George Washington University, presented new national research results to inform implementation of survivorship care planning.

The Equity Task Force Works to Reduce Smoking in the Food Service Industry
According to the NH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), food service workers have smoking rates nearly twice the state average, 32.7% compared to 17.2% in the general population. 

To help foodservice workers quit smoking, the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration's Equity Task Force, engaged restaurant managers by providing them with information about the NH Tobacco Quit Line, as well as free cancer screenings. 

Since tobacco dependence is considered a chronic disease requiring repeated interventions and multiple quit attempts before a smoker is successfully tobacco-free for one year or more, the Task Force is taking further steps to advance its initiative. 

QuitNow-NH Mass Media Campaign: 
No Judgments, Just Help
The New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program started a media campaign that began in May and will run through October to increase the Quit Now New Hampshire telephone call volume. 

The ads are being run on television, radio, and the internet. The campaign is using two ads called "Yes, I'm a smoker (Angie)" and "It's Hard Being a Smoker (Wendall)." In the "Angie" ad, she is dealing with the disapproving looks and judgments from everyone around her, including her husband. 

In the "Wendell" ad, you can tell he knows he should quit smoking. He's heard the lectures, seen the signs and faces, and knows the cost, but it is really hard to stop.  These ads feature a unique combination of stop-motion and animation to bring the characters to life. 

The message of hope in the ad comes from QuitNow-NH, which provides no judgments, just the free help you need to quit tobacco. Quit Now-NH offers New Hampshire residents, who want to quit tobacco products, access to specially trained Quit Coaches who can help choose nicotine replacement medicines and offer ways to stop cravings and avoid triggers, at no cost to you! 

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for information about quitting tobacco. 
Let No Woman Be Overlooked
The NH Breast and Cervical Cancer Program  (BCCP) has been awarded a one-year grant from  Susan G. Komen, New England to administer the Mammogram Support Fund.  

This fund is available to those who wish to have a mammogram, but do not qualify for the NH BCCP.  Funds can also be requested to cover co-pays, biopsy, and diagnostic mammograms.  Applications will be available in July.  

For more information please contact Tiffany Fuller at or call 603-271-4886.
Participate in the "Get Your Rear in Gear" Walk/Run to Support Colorectal Cancer Screening in NH
Register  for this Sept 30 event now

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States (U.S.) in the combined male-female population. The Get Your Rear in Gear (GYRIG) Trail 5K and Memory Walk is an event whose proceeds help to raise funds for CRC awareness efforts throughout the state. 

Participants can run the challenging trail route, or take a more relaxed, scenic 1.5 mile walk through the apple orchards and pumpkin patches at one of New England's best apple orchards, Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook, NH. This event is part of a national race series coordinated by the Colon Cancer Coalition, and is presented in NH by the NH Public Health Association, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and 107.7 The Pulse. 

June is Cancer Survivorship Month
Resources to Support You 
National Cancer Survivors Day Social Media Toolkit

The GW Cancer Center is pleased to announce the latest social media toolkit release for National Cancer Survivors Day held on June 4, 2017. It's a day to celebrate those who have survived, and provide inspiration for those recently diagnosed.

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the burden of cancer in the state through the implementation of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration is an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships.

For more information about NH CCC, go to our website or email .

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