MCC Receives First-Ever Exemplary Implementation Award from C-Change
On May 20, 2006, the Michigan Cancer Consortium received the first-ever Exemplary Comprehensive Cancer Control Implementation Award from C-Change, a national organization comprised of cancer prevention leaders across the country. President George H.W. Bush, C-Change’s chair, presented the MCC with the award during the 2006 Semi-Annual C-Change Meeting in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Max Wicha, director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and immediate past co-chair of the MCC, and Patty Brookover, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, accepted the award on behalf of the Consortium.
“The MCC developed its comprehensive cancer control plan in 1998, and as a result of implementation efforts by our partner organizations, progress has been made in addressing the cancer burden in Michigan,” said MCC Co-Chair Vicki Rakowski, vice president for cancer control at the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Inc. “Evidence of our progress includes an increase in early stage diagnosis of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers and an associated reduction in mortality.”
C-Change is comprised of about 130 of the nation's key cancer leaders from
government, business, and nonprofit sectors. Members include the heads of federal and state governmental agencies, private businesses, the motion picture industry, and nonprofit groups whose missions relate to cancer research, control, and/or patient advocacy.
Other individuals with a deep concern about cancer and who have achieved prominence in the entertainment, news, and other industries or endeavors also are engaged in C-Change. Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush are co-chairs of C-Change, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) serves as vice chair of the organization.
These cancer leaders share
the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and either cured or managed successfully as a chronic illness.
One of the underlying principles of C-Change is to leverage the leadership and expertise of all sectors of society to eliminate cancer as a major public health problem at the earliest possible time.
The MCC’s nomination for the C-Change award included a copy of the recently completed "Building Bridges" video that provides an overview of the Consortium and highlights activities MCC members are undertaking to control cancer in Michigan.