The Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (VACCCP), Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (VABCCEDP), and Virginia Cancer Registry (VCR) will continue to collaborate to reduce the burden of cancer in Virginia. This will be accomplished through the sharing of staff expertise and resources, and the implementation of evidence-based interventions targeting populations disproportionately affected by cancer in Virginia to achieve a greater impact on health outcomes.
In the next five year project period, the cancer programs will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to improve the burden of cancer in Virginia through; 1) the provision of high quality and timely breast and cervical screening and diagnostic services; 2) the utilization of Community Health Workers (CHW) and Patient Navigators (PN) to educate, identify and help patients overcome barriers to screening and follow-up; 3) through expanded collaborations with the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) and other public health programs and community organizations; 4) the implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that address prevention, screening, and survivorship objectives in the 2023-2027 Virginia Cancer Plan; and 5) the continuous collection and surveillance of incident cases of cancer in Virginia. Cancer surveillance of populations of focus and increased access to high-quality and complete data will be expanded with increased promotion and implementation of new technology, staff development, training opportunities for the reporting community, and broader resource allocation. To ensure all activities and resources are targeted and appropriate, cancer surveillance and behavioral risk data will be regularly monitored and used to plan, implement, and evaluate all program priorities.