Maine's Impact Cancer Network
To reduce the impact of cancer on individuals and communities in Maine through collaboration and systems improvement.
In 2015, Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) began to explore ways to strategically and collaboratively address cancer in Maine. MCF chose the collective impact framework as a way to bring together people from across the state to learn about their experiences with cancer.
This framework emphasizes the need to connect people from four sectors: non-profit organizations, the business community, those with lived experience of cancer, and government. Ultimately, MCF strives to identify ways to work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Maine. From this goal of creating system-wide change in Maine was born Maine's Impact Cancer Network (the Cancer Network), led by a steering committee called the Leadership Roundtable and supported by MCF staff.
Over the last two years the Cancer Network has traveled across the state to learn more about cancer's impact on Mainers and Maine communities. This information was used to form our shared vision, or common agenda, for reducing the burden of cancer in Maine. The Cancer Network is pleased to release it's Community Plan which outlines our common agenda and work plan for creating change. We hope it will inspire you to become involved in this collaborative effort.
In May, 2017, the Cancer Network hosted the second annual Challenge Cancer Conference in Freeport, inviting stakeholders from across Maine to review our findings and the resulting draft of a Common Agenda to gain approval and identify activities that can contribute to the overall vision and goal.
At the conference, we presented the Listening Report and Common Agenda that emerged from the conversations we held across the state. Our Leadership Roundtable will take the feedback from the conference attendees and adapt the Listening Report and Common Agenda to craft the community plan.
We are grateful to all of the attendees of the conference for their input. We look forward to sharing the next steps.
If you missed the conference, you can listen to our webinar on Maine's Impact Cancer Network, hosted by the Maine Public Health Association.
For more information or to become involved, please contact Heather Drake, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 207-773-2533.