An Overview of the National and State
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
In 2001, the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program, housed in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, was created through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main objective of the cooperative agreement is to reduce the cancer burden through a collaborative effort with public and private partners. The CDC started the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to help states, tribes, and territories form coalitions, also called programs, to fight cancer. These coalitions collect data to determine the greatest cancer-related needs in their area, and develop and carry out CCC plans to meet those needs. To learn more about the CDC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/.
The CCC Program employs cancer control efforts through the development and implementation of a strategic and collaborative approach to implementing data- and evidence-based cancer education and prevention activities statewide. These cancer prevention activities include addressing risk behaviors which impede health such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure.
Cancer activities and initiatives throughout Florida are conducted based on the prioritized goals and strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan. (PDF 4.99 MB) Additionally, Florida partners have created the Florida Cancer Plan Guide: Building Blocks to Reduce the Burden and Enhance Cancer Collaboratives, (PDF 2.64 MB) as an accompanying document, to provide a framework for cancer partners in coordinating local cancer control efforts. Statewide support and leadership is provided by the Florida Cancer Plan Council, the Governor-appointed Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (C-CRAB [sic]), as well as the network of regional partnerships that are comprised of volunteer cancer stakeholders called the regional cancer control collaboratives.
The CCC Program is responsible for: providing technical assistance to the regional cancer control collaboratives; providing program and technical support to county health departments and various cancer groups; distributing cancer health educational materials, information, and data; providing administrative support to the FCPC, oversight of contractual agreements and maintaining a program-specific website. The CCC Program also serves as a convener and facilitator of cancer stakeholders by providing networking opportunities, mobilizing cancer partners, promoting public and professional cancer educational campaigns, providing leadership and support on cancer issues statewide and coordinating with federal agencies.
Additionally, the Program staff collaborate with the CDC's various media projects promoting healthy lifestyles and cancer risk reduction. Other responsibilities include working toward developing guidelines and policies pertaining to county health department activities. The CCC Program networks with other departmental programs within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and the department as a whole to coordinate activities for overlapping risk factors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.