Task Forces

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Maine’s Impact Cancer Network’s mission to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals and communities in Maine through collaboration and systems improvement is carried out by Task Forces. The Task Forces are made up of people with lived experience with cancer, those from the non-profit and business communities, and government, and focus on action-oriented, time limited projects. Task Force membership is open to all – particularly those with professional or personal experience related to cancer and a commitment to reducing the impact of cancer in Maine.

If you are interested in joining a Task Force please contact, [email protected] or 207.773.2533.

Transportation

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This Task Force works on transportation related topics so people impacted by cancer are able to get the care they need, when they need it, and where they need it. The Task Force examines the ideas that came from the community conversations and works to bring them to fruition. They have worked on projects to increase awareness of transportation options for cancer-related care and are currently working on a project to develop messaging to recruit volunteers for volunteer driver programs.

 Meeting Date: December 12th from 1pm-2pm at Maine Cancer Foundation

Rehabilitation & Survivorship

The topic of survivorship played a large role in the community conversations. People want to make sure survivors have the necessary supports in place to live their fullest lives, beginning with diagnosis and moving past treatment. This Task Force strives to include the voice of Mainers affected by cancer, including those currently undergoing treatment and those post-treatment. The goals of the Task Force are to create opportunities for connections among people affected by cancer; identify what resources exist in communities and potential resource gaps; and contribute to state and national survivorship research.

 Meeting Date: Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cancer Resources & Support Centers

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This Task Force has conducted environmental scans of the cancer support centers that exist throughout Maine, as well as, the number of professionals available to help patients navigate their cancer care. This Task Force is pursuing multiple projects including continuing to foster connections about those who navigate cancer care both through on-line platforms and Project ECHO and creating connections to enhance Maine's cancer support centers.

 Meeting Date: This group meets every 4th Thursday of the month from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

Employer Strategies

Participants in the community conversations often shared their desire to have more supports within the work place for cancer prevention, detection, and a return to work after treatment. This Task Force is working to increase awareness among employers about these issues, while giving them resources to bring more benefits and supports to their communities.

 Meeting Date: November 13th from 9am-11am at ME CDC

Prevention & Early Detection

This Task Force is focuses on education professionals and communities on cancer prevention and early detection. The group is currently working on two projects. One is focused on developing a continuing education project for the Maine Pharmacy Association on HPV vaccinations. The other is focused on messaging obesity as a risk factor for cancer and bringing together professionals to learn more about this topic.

 Meeting Date: November 7th from 9am-10:30am at Maine Cancer Foundation