The Utah Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (UCCCP), in coordination with the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), developed the 2016 – 2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan (State Cancer Plan) as a guide for all those fighting cancer in Utah. This plan provides direction for those involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of cancer control efforts. Hospitals and healthcare providers, community-based organizations, worksites, schools, policy makers, and other Utahns will find it contains useful information about the burden of cancer in Utah and provides evidence-based strategies to reduce cancer risk, find cancers at an early stage, improve treatment, increase the number of individuals who survive cancer, and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.
Cancer is an evolving problem and addressing it requires unique approaches to the specific needs of Utahns. To accomplish this, UCAN chose timely, evidence-based priority areas to address over the next five years. While these areas encompass the highest priority for the state, they do not represent all areas being addressed by partner organizations. For this reason, the priorities of the State Cancer Plan have been divided into two sections: UCAN Priorities and Collaboration Priorities.
These priority areas represent the highest burden areas for comprehensive cancer control in the state and reflect UCAN’s desire to achieve meaningful and lasting impact during the next five years.
Each UCAN Priority includes a set of evidence-based goals, strategies, and action steps. Goals represent the coalition’s overarching ambitions in that particular area. Strategies describe the chosen method of reaching the goal. Action steps contain specific efforts or projects that individuals and organizations can do to implement each strategy. In addition to goals, strategies, and action steps, each priority area includes targets for change. Targets for change represent the long-term outcomes expected upon successful implementation of the goals and strategies.
These priority areas represent areas in which coalition involvement is important. These priorities will be led by outside organizations which will partner with UCAN to expand reach and improve outcomes.
Each Collaboration Priority includes a description of organizations who are involved with the work, a list of strategies, and how UCAN can collaborate.