“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”
The Tennessee Cancer Coalition (TC2) exists to wage a unified fight against cancer across the state. To this aim, the Coalition has developed and sustained an integrated and coordinated approach to reducing cancer incidence, mortality, and morbidity and improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer in Tennessee.
The mission statement of TC2 is:
measurably reduce the burden of cancer on the citizens of Tennessee by
implementing a collaborative statewide plan driven by data, science,
capacity and outcomes.
Do you know that Tennessee has a coalition devoted to reducing the burden of cancer in our State? We do! The Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition (TC2). The TC2 is a broad-based group of people working to reduce the suffering and fiscal toll of cancer in Tennessee. Coalition members wrote the 2013-2017 State Cancer Plan to address prevention, control and treatment priorities, as well as service gaps. This Plan consists of specific disease sites and cross-cutting issues such as quality of life, survivorship, advocacy, and health literacy. The Coalition is focusing on health disparities, as well on colorectal and tobacco related cancers, since education and awareness of prevention and early detection screening for cancers have the greatest potential to influence the overall incidence and mortality of cancer in the most Tennesseans. While these are areas of focus, members also are addressing many other areas of interest related to cancer through work being done in six regional coalitions throughout the state.
To implement the State Cancer Plan locally, six regional TC2 groups are at work in Nashville, Jackson, Memphis, Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Knoxville. Some groups meet monthly; others quarterly and incorporate a cancer education program prior to their meetings. Members are asked to donate at least one hour to Coalition work each month. In every region, groups are at work on tobacco issues such as preventing youth initiation and promoting the state’s new Tobacco Quitline, staging prostate and colorectal educational programs, and offering opportunities for professional continuing education credits in cancer topics. It is an exciting time to be part of Tennessee’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition. We welcome you to join us in making a difference.