If your heart is in helping – what is a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan?

If your Heart is in Helping – What is a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan? Contributed by, Cindy Chafin New Focus Daily Project Director, Middle Tennessee State University Center for Health and Human Services Interim Director, and Tennessee

If your Heart is in Helping – What is a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan?

Contributed by, Cindy Chafin
New Focus Daily Project Director, Middle Tennessee State University Center for Health and Human Services Interim Director, and Tennessee Cancer Coalition State Coordinator

February is here and all I can think about is hearts! I decorate for every holiday so already have a big Valentine’s wreath on my door, flags in the front and back gardens, heart-shaped topiaries on the kitchen bar, and I also will order anything heart-themed when I go out for a treat or meal (Love those Chick-fil-A heart-shaped biscuits). I have a big heart for people and animals, as do many of my family, friends, and colleagues. Especially when it comes to cancer. I know no one who has not been impacted in some way by cancer.
There is no time better than February to find it in your heart to make a difference in your local community. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides support for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 7 tribes and tribal organizations, and 7 territories and U.S. Pacific Island jurisdictions to produce a comprehensive cancer control plan? These plans identify how an organization addresses cancer burden as a significant public health challenge. The plans are data-driven, evidence-based blueprints for action. These plans guide cancer control activities and typically cover a five-year time frame.
So far, there have been 65 plans produced. In addition to these plans, the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands developed a Pacific Regional Plan. I happen to reside in Tennessee. Born and raised here and love my home state. We have a state cancer plan, and a lot of community partners to help us carry out the goals and objectives in that state plan. I will be sharing more in future articles about some of the wonderful things going on in our state to address cancer control and prevention both with our state cancer coalition as well as other community partners. For now, I want to make everyone aware that their state, tribe, or territory likely has a cancer plan as well. Visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/ccc_plans.htm to view all of the cancer plans.


Have a heart! Do your part to address the burden of cancer in YOUR state, tribe, or territory and check out the cancer plans t o see how YOU can make a difference in your community!

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.

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