The Minnesota Department of Health?s (MDH) application for the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for State, Territorial and Tribal Organizations (CDC-RFA-DP17-1701) seeks funding to implement a comprehensive and coordinated cancer control program plan that aims to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. Our plan for 2017-2022 represents a significant statewide effort to accomplish the overarching goals of Cancer Plan Minnesota 2025:? Prevent cancer from occurring? Detect cancer at its earliest stages.? Treat all cancer patients with the most appropriate and effective therapy.? Optimize the quality of life for every person affected by cancer. ? Eliminate disparities in the burden of cancer.To achieve these goals, Minnesota?s Cancer Leadership Team will coordinate the cancer program activities of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCC), the Minnesota Cancer Reporting System (MCRS), and the Sage Screening Program (Sage), Minnesota?s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. We will work to optimize alignment of cancer program activities with the cancer plan, and to enhance connections between the Minnesota Cancer Alliance (our statewide cancer coalition) and other chronic disease programs in Minnesota, in order to create and capitalize on opportunities to reduce the burden of cancer in Minnesota and promote health equity. We will collaborate with organizations and individuals in every sector and region of the state to address needs and leverage resources that to help us obtain our goals. The CCC will continue its work to convene a passionate coalition of health organizations, community groups, and volunteers to support and implement Cancer Plan Minnesota 2025 activities that will provide a foundation for population-wide change. They will focus their efforts on policy, systems and environmental change, and enhancing community-clinical linkages. Sage will continue to provide free breast and cervical cancer screening and fo
llow-up services to uninsured and underinsured women. It will also assist women who have health insurance, especially those from priority populations, to access quality breast and cervical cancer screening services. Particular emphasis will be placed on women with Medicaid who are unscreened. Collaborations with quality improvement organizations and Minnesota?s health care systems will implement evidence-based interventions, including electronic health record system enhancements, to support providers? efforts to educate, remind, refer, and offer all patients appropriate breast and cervical cancer screening services. Sage will continue to connect smokers and their families to tobacco quit line services and to other CDC-funded chronic disease program resources (e.g., diabetes, heart disease and stroke, HPV).The MCRS will maintain and enhance the operations of Minnesota?s population-based cancer registry to collect all reportable cases, work to increase electronic reporting by clinics, pathology laboratories, and physician offices, perform data linkages, produce reports, and work closely with CCC and Sage to use MCRS data for cancer program planning and evaluation of cancer control objectives.