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October 2016

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in New Hampshire and is the second leading cause of female cancer deaths in the state.*  Since breast cancer can be detected early, it is essential for women to talk with their providers about appropriate screening.

State health data revealed that adults who work in restaurants and the food service industry are less likely to get preventive cancer screening tests such as a mammogram or Pap test.

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Upcoming Events
October 28-29
   2016 NNECOS Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods

November 9
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic screening and discussion, Concord

November 29

December 6
Connecticut Cancer Partnership 13th Annual Meeting, Cancer and Health Policy

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A Message from the Board Chair

A note from an acquaintance about something he had seen on a website recently, reminded me of how continually impressed I am with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration's (NH CCC) website. I hope you routinely visit it. Whether it is the Quality of Life Task Force's screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal, the Shared Decision Making Task Force's " Shared Decision Making for Cancer Screening" rack card, or the Equity Task Force's posters addressing free breast and cervical screening services and tobacco treatment resources, there is a lot of outstanding work being completed by our members.

Findings from Restaurant Focus Groups about Health Screenings Revealed 
In 2015, the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration's (NH CCC's) Equity Task Force elected to work on increasing the percentage of people who receive colorectal, cervical, and breast cancer screenings (Goal 2, Objective 1 of the NH Cancer Plan). The screening percentages are based on the most recent US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, with an emphasis on disparate populations.
The Task Force reviewed disparity data in NH. According to the NH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), cancer screening rates are lower for people who are low income and/or have low educational achievement. The premise for the Task Force was to identify a vulnerable population to implement a cancer screening promotion and awareness campaign.
THREE National Priorities Identified to Accelerate Cancer Control Efforts
The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP), a collaborative group of diverse national organizations working together to accelerate cancer control efforts nationwide, has identified three national priority areas including:
  • increasing colorectal cancer screening to 80% by 2018
  • increasing HPV vaccination uptake
  • increasing the availability of tobacco cessation services for cancer survivors.
Resources to support these efforts can be found at the CCCNP website. Is there a way that the NH CCC can add value to an effort you are working on that might advance one of these priorities? Let us know how we can work together. Contact us at
It is Not Just About the Pink 
Melissa McAllister
Melissa McAllister and son, Bryce
What began as a chance meeting in 2003 at an ATM, with a former chair asking if I would be interested in volunteering for the American Cancer Society, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event in Concord that year, has led to a lifetime commitment. 

The definition of volunteering, is the policy or practice of offering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community. 

I have always been active in various volunteer activities in my community and I have instilled this in my children as well. But this event is like no other. It kindles a community spirit as strong and as boundless as the people it honors. "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" allows our community to embrace a bittersweet mix - the celebration of the exceptional courage of survivors and the meaningful tribute to those who we have lost.

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Continuing Education Opportunity

Organizations throughout New Hampshire have come together to present a panel discussion and community screening of the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. This documentary looks at the lives of five women affected by HPV, the misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer. It's a story of survivorship that comes with stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain, and triumph. Don't miss this great opportunity to discuss steps you can take to help prevent cancer in your community.

This free event is open to everyone; parents and healthcare providers are encouraged to join. Nurses, Physicians, and Certified Health Education Specialists have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. The event will take place at the
Red River Theatres in Concord on Wednesday, November 9th. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with the movie starting at 6:00 pm. Register here. Call 603-653-9960 for questions.

New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Opens Registration for Fall Conference

NHHPCO announces the 21st Fall Conference,
THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE - COMMUNITIES OF CARE, to be held at the SERESC conference center in Bedford on Thursday, Nov.10th from 8am - 4pm.
Featured speakers include Joanne Lynn, MD,MA, MS; Kate Lally, MD, FACP; Jennifer Ballentine, MA; and others. Register online here, or follow the link on our homepage to join us for a day packed with fascinating talks, great networking opportunities, and fabulous prizes.
Nationally Acclaimed Health Policy Leader Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Keynotes HEAL NH Conference 

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore
President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions
HEAL NH gathered more than 130 leaders from around the state to discuss "Creating a Culture of Health" at this year's conference on October 12th at Church Landing in Meredith. 

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore's keynote highlighted how to effectively promote and support changes in policies, systems and environments to provide equitable opportunities for people to live a healthy life. 

Following the keynote, responses from a panel of New Hampshire leaders bridged Maya's ideas to communities throughout the state. The HEAL NH annual conference then featured 8 workshops with more than 24 expert speakers speaking to the conference's theme "Creating a Culture of Health".  All presentations are now available for download here.

Adult Obesity Prevalence CDC maps, updated 9/12/16.

Cancer Control TAP (Technical Assistance Portal), George Washington University Cancer Center's centralized website of technical assistance resources such as: news, resource repository, tool kits, webinars, social media tool kits for cancer awareness months ( October breast cancer toolkit) , and funding opportunities. Subscribe to their e-newsletter .

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) brief, Men Not Adequately Involved in Discussions About Prostate Cancer Screening, Sept. 2016

National Association of County and City Health Officials archived webinar  Integration of Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Survivorship Care Plans

National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center Toolkit , Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cancer Survivorship Care

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