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. The Cancer Network’s initial goal is to produce a community plan to reduce the burden of cancer in Maine, with a shared vision and a clear outline to measure progress toward this goal. The community plan will be based on information gathered from numerous community conversations held across Maine, which will explore three, core questions:
- What is happening with cancer in your life/community/organization?
- What is the change you would like to see with cancer in your life/community/organization?
- How can we work together to make this change happen?
In the Spring of 2017, the Cancer Network will present the community plan to stakeholders from across Maine to gain approval and identify activities that can contribute to the overall vision and goal.
To date we have listened to and learned from community members, professionals, and organizations representing:
Washington County Wellness Network
MCF's May 2016 Challenge Cancer Conference attendees
2016 Tri for a Cure participants
Washington County Cancer Survivor Conference attendees
Maine Cancer Foundation Board of Directors and staff
Dempsey Center Teen Group
Maine Migrant Health Program
UNE Human Resources
Sebasticook Valley Hospital's Women's Group
Town of Scarborough Human Resources
American Cancer Society
Bath Iron Works
Mid-Coast Parkview Health
Healthy Androscoggin REACH team
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Regional Medical Center at Lubec
Maine Medical Center
For more information or to become involved, please contact Heather Drake, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-773-2533.