Children’s Cancer Network partners with the Arizona Department of Health Services for state-wide initiative.

For the last two decades, the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) has worked with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, (7) U.S. Territories, and (8) American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribes to plan, execute, and evaluate successful cancer programming. Through funding, guidance, and technical assistance, the CDC aims to build capacity and inspire change within each state, territory, and tribal nation it touches.

The Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (AzCCCP) works to meet the national priorities of 1) primary prevention, 2) early detection and treatment, 3) survivorship, and 4) health equity. This is accomplished by working across other programs within ADHS and by convening the Arizona Cancer Coalition (ACC). This group of health providers, insurers, data scientists, philanthropists, and community advocates gather together to develop and execute strategically crafted work plans that focus on each area of the cancer care continuum. Their plans are combined every so often and together make up the five-year Arizona Cancer Control Plan.

In 2018, work on the first ever Childhood Cancer Chapter of the Arizona Cancer Control Plan 2020-2024 began. Co-chaired by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncologist, Alexandra Walsh, MD, and Children’s Cancer Network Executive Director, Patti Luttrell RN, MS, the Arizona Cancer Coalition’s Childhood Cancer Work Group is composed of health care providers, philanthropic leaders, community advocates, and, most importantly, families.

Together this group has developed goals, objectives, and strategies that emphasize patient-centered care and strong, supportive networks.