Task Forces

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Maine’s Impact Cancer Network’s work is carried out by Task Forces. New task forces may form as there is interest and capacity to carry out specific projects. Other task forces may choose to disband or pause their work. Task force projects range in their size and duration. All task force projects are eligible to apply for mini-grant funding from Maine Cancer Foundation.

Task Force membership is open to all Mainers who are interested in reducing the impact of cancer in Maine. 

If you are interested in joining a Task Force please contact, dani@mainecancer.org or 207.773.2533.

Transportation

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The Transportation Task Force has worked 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. 

Past projects have included work to increase awareness of transportation options for cancer-related care and to recruit volunteers for volunteer driver programs. The Transportation Task Force also created a brochure that outlines regional transportation services throughout Maine.
 
The Transportation Task Force is currently on hiatus. If you want to learn more about the task force or have interest in conducting a cancer-related transportation project, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.

Rehabilitation & Survivorship

The Rehabilitation and Cancer Survivorship Task Force is comprised of a multi-sectoral group of committed members. The task force has successfully completed both short and long-term projects, which have focused on improving and expanding services for cancer survivors across the state. Current projects include working with cancer survivors to engage in advocacy, expanding virtual access for Maine cancer survivors, collaboration with disability claims managers, and a survivorship learning series. If you have questions about the Rehabilitation and Survivorship Task Force or are interested in joining, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.

Association of Maine Cancer Support Centers

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This Association of Maine Cancer Support Centers (AMCSC) is made up of organizations providing cancer-related supports and services to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. The goals of the Association are to increase communication among its members, increase awareness of cancer support services, and identify and address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, caregivers, and their families.

Currently, the AMCSC has created a virtual resource that all Maine cancer patients can use to access virtual services. Members have also come together to host a regional conference. 

The AMCSC has a leadership team as well as a general membership group. General membership meetings occur on a quarterly basis and are set at the beginning of each calendar year.

To view upcoming events hosted by AMCSC members, please click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the AMCSC, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.

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 has worked to increase awareness among employers about these issues, while giving them resources to bring more benefits and supports to their communities. 

The Employer Strategies Task Force is currently on hiatus. If you want to learn more about the task force or have interest in conducting a project, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.

Prevention & Early Detection

The Prevention and Early Detection Task Force is focused on promoting evidence-based cancer prevention and early detection programming throughout Maine. Due to the broad nature of prevention and early detection, the task force includes members who work on a variety of topics across the state. The task force’s regular meetings are a great opportunity to hear more from subject matter experts and find partners for collaboration. Past projects include a continuing education project for the Maine Pharmacy Association about HPV vaccinations and sun safety for Maine children served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. 

Current projects focus on food insecurity for Maine cancer patients, cancer prevention and early detection for Maine veterans, and cancer prevention and early detection for Maine’s LGBTQ+ community. Planning for 2021 projects is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more about the task force or joining, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.

Cancer & Obesity

The Obesity and Cancer Task Force is focused on highlighting the connection between obesity and cancer. A large focus of the task force’s work includes developing programming that supports healthy eating and active living.

Task force members shared a presentation about the connection between obesity and cancer at the 2020 Maine Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Members also participated in planning for a 2020 national conference focused on highlighting the connection between obesity and cancer. The task force also played a key role in drafting objectives and strategies related to obesity prevention for the 2021-25 Maine Cancer Plan. 

If you have questions about the task force or are interested in joining the task force, please contact Dani Egeberg at dani@mainecancer.org.
 

Maine Cancer Plan 2021-2025 Development

In its role as the state's cancer coalition, Maine's Impact Cancer Network, in partnership with the Maine CDC’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, is leading the development of the 2021-25 Maine Cancer Plan. The plan’s development is currently overseen by an Executive Committee, and is carried out by nine subject matter teams focused on: rehabilitation and survivorship, tobacco, radon and arsenic, ultraviolet radiation, palliative and end life care, HPV vaccination, early detection and screening, cancer treatment, and obesity and cancer.
 
The final draft of the 2021-25 Maine Cancer Plan will be complete by 12/31/20.
 
To learn more about the cancer plan’s development, please contact Aysha Sheikh at aysha@mainecancer.org
 

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