State Cancer Councils
The Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB)
CCRAB was established by the Legislature in 1979 to advise the Legislature, Governor, and state Surgeon General on how to reduce the cancer burden in Florida. CCRAB exists in Florida Statute 1004.435.
The Council monitors cancer trends and disparities, and also evaluates and promotes effective interventions to help in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. Additionally, the Council develops position papers on cancer-related legislation and state policy issues.
The council consists of four goal-specific committees to address the goals through priority strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan and an executive committee. Goal committees meet via conference call monthly and all interested stakeholders are welcome to join. Conference call schedules can be found on CCRAB website.
The Council is comprised in this way to most effectively serve Floridians. If you believe that CCRAB can benefit your organization, please download the, How Can CCRAB Help Your Organization Form and email it to email@example.com.
Visit the CCRAB website for more information.
The Florida Cancer Plan Council (FCPC)
The purpose of the Florida Cancer Plan Council is to promote implementation of the Florida Cancer Plan by coordinating the efforts of Florida's cancer control partners. The FCPC is comprised of volunteer cancer stakeholders from across the state that coordinates cancer control efforts. The FCPC represents 24 areas across Florida that include the chairs of the regional cancer collaboratives, the American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons, the Florida Cancer Data System, various medical societies, cancer hospitals, universities, and cancer survivors. FCPC works in alignment with CCRAB, meeting together biannually and coordinating all efforts as one statewide advisory council.
In July 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons, C-Change, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Directors, and the Intercultural Cancer Council hosted the Comprehensive Cancer Control Leadership Institutes Phase II. Florida was one of the ten attending states. These "national partners" requested each chairman of the state "cancer council," which in Florida's case is CCRAB, to invite approximately 20 statewide participants to the Leadership Institutes II. From this, the Florida Cancer Plan Council was created. Preliminarily, the roles and functions of the coordinating group have been identified as 1) leadership and direction for implementation of the Florida Cancer Plan, 2) coordination of the priorities and the people involved, 3) assuring accountability, and 4) providing support to the four regional collaboratives and other partners in their implementation efforts.
The Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC)
The 11-member Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) advises the State Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program. Four of the BRAC members are appointed by the Governor. The BRAC is charged with developing the strategic objectives and priorities of the programs and with recommending which research proposals should be funded, based on the scientific merit of the proposals, as determined by open competitive peer review.
Visit the BRAC website for more information.