Policy, Systems and Enviromental Change: A PSE Primer

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 2:00am to 3:00am

In its most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continued to urge states, tribes and territories to employ policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change to decrease cancer burden. With CDC funding, the GW Cancer Center recently developed an online tool to assist cancer control stakeholders with improving health across the cancer continuum through PSE change. 

The Action for PSE Change website provides information on PSE change, including how to engage stakeholders and use data to advance PSE change efforts. It is also intended to help users learn from successful PSE change initiatives by providing real-world examples from across the cancer control sphere.

Through CDC funding and support, the GW Cancer Center is pleased to offer a webinar highlighting Action for PSE Change. It will include an introduction to the seven steps of the PSE change process, an overview of GW's online training and resource guide, as well as highlights of successful PSE change initiatives from two state comprehensive cancer control programs. This webinar is intended for comprehensive cancer control professionals seeking training or technical assistance with their PSE change efforts or those interested in writing a PSE change success story. 


Liza Fues, JD, a long-term cancer survivor, is a patient advocate at the Institute for Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity at the GW Cancer Center. She was instrumental in the development of Action for PSE Change, an online policy, systems and environmental change tool. She is involved with the evaluation of the GW Cancer Center's technical assistance activities, and helps develop content for the Prepared Patient website. In her previous position, she worked with a government contractor and served as project manager for the National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database Program.  

Katie Bathje, MA, LPCC is the program director for the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC), the state's comprehensive cancer control coalition. Ms. Bathje has worked within the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Control Program since 2001, previously as informational specialist and training manager for the National Cancer Institute's Information Service of the Mid-South. Ms. Bathje serves on multiple state and national cancer control committees, including the steering committee for the GW Cancer Center's Comprehensive Cancer Control Technical Assistance Project, ACS's National Patient Navigation Roundtable and is chair of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Community Advisory Board. 

Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES, is the policy and implementation specialist with the Iowa Care for Yourself WISEWOMAN Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Health (Hons.) from the University of Malta, and her Master of Public Health degree from Walden University. Ms. Attard Sacco is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and has over 18 years' experience in public health. Her areas of interest include projects that utilize the social determinants of health and evidence-based interventions as a way to evaluate and bring about changes in community health.