Maximizing Coalition Sustainability through Partnerships, Part 1: Advancing Cancer Control Planning, Implementation & Evaluation

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 12:00pm

Comprehensive Cancer Control succeeds through the efforts of diverse stakeholders coordinated by coalition staff. This webinar is the first of a 2-webinar series focused on Maximizing Coalition Sustainability through Partnerships. It will provide examples of how Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs and Coalitions have successfully engaged stakeholders to plan, implement, and evaluate their activities. The webinar will also highlight how long-term relationships with nontraditional partners can yield benefits at times of uncertainty, like the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe resources and a successful partnership to accomplish cancer control planning, plan implementation, evaluation and monitoring
  2. Identify strategies to adjust partnerships for cancer control implementation progress during COVID-19

Stephenie K. Kennedy-Rea, Ed.D. is an Associate Center Director at the West Virginia University (WVU) Cancer Institute and a faculty member in the division of hematology oncology at the WVU School of Medicine. She directs the office of Cancer Prevention and Control - the outreach, education, and population-based research arm of the Cancer Institute. She oversees eight programs aimed at decreasing the cancer burden in the state, including the facilitation of Mountains of Hope, West Virginia's Cancer Coalition. Stephenie has a special interest in the education and development of health care professionals and interdisciplinary team research, as well as addressing patient barriers in medically underserved areas.

Kelly W. Sittig, CCPH is the Executive Director at the Iowa Cancer Consortium, a coalition of more than 400 cancer control professionals and advocates working together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa. She has worked in the non-profit and public health space for nearly 15 years. Her journey with the Iowa Cancer Consortium began over ten years ago as the first communications coordinator, and she has been with the organization ever since. 

Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her research focuses on organizational and individual capacity building in the area of evidence-based public health practice, with a focus on cancer prevention and control in rural communities.

Tessa Mills is a Program Coordinator at the Iowa Cancer Consortium. She currently coordinates the HPV, breast cancer screening, and quality of life work groups for the Iowa Cancer Consortium and provides support for cancer-related research projects at the University of Iowa. She has the unique ability to make friends wherever she goes and is passionate about storytelling to impact health, especially related to sexual health, cancer prevention and facilitating coalitions.