The Georgia Department of Public Health’s five-year plan to reduce cancer in Georgia provides stakeholders throughout the state a roadmap for comprehensive cancer prevention and control. The plan lays out eight priority areas and related objectives, strategic initiatives, and targets aimed at reducing the number of cancer cases and deaths in Georgia and ensuring quality care for cancer survivors.
The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) supports the Georgia Department of Public Health’s and the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium’s work to unite the state’s governmental agencies, public health, universities, health care providers, community organizations, and survivor groups around the common goal of reducing the number of cancer-related deaths in Georgia. The center played a pivotal role in facilitating and collecting information for the state’s 2014-2019 Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and continues to provide staff support to the Steering Team, two subcommittees and five implementation work groups. Additionally, GHPC facilitates task forces; stakeholder conversations and meetings; conducts needs assessments; and helps design research and evaluation methodology. Most recently, a statewide needs assessment conducted by the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium’s (GC3’s) Survivorship Working Group, facilitated by GHPC, helped stakeholders better understand the unmet physical, psychosocial, practical, and spiritual needs of adult cancer survivors.