What is the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium?
The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC) is a group of over 300 cancer control leaders working together to promote and implement the Wyoming Cancer Control Plan by coordinating efforts of organizations thought-out the state. The consortium focuses on reducing cancer disparities, increasing awareness of the cancer burden in the state, and improving outcomes for cancer patients. WCCC members can be any of the following: policy makers, advocates, businesses, cancer survivors, health care providers, hospitals, insurers, non-profit and voluntary organizations, the public health community, state and local government, and others committed to cancer prevention and control.
What’s the WCCCC’s Mission?
The mission of the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC) is to develop and implement a collaborative and comprehensive approach to address cancer prevention, early detection, access to health care, diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life services to lessen the impact of cancer in Wyoming. It is through the mission and key messages of the WCCCC that the burden of cancer in Wyoming is addressed.
What are the Major Accomplishments of the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium?
Creation of the 2006-2010, 2011-2015 Wyoming Cancer Control Plans. The Wyoming Cancer Control Plans are blueprint for the state’s course of action which presents relevant cancer data, outlines the state’s goals and objectives, and unites partners to better address the impact of cancer on people and activities.
Wyoming Cancer Control Act - On March 13, 2007, Governor Dave Freudenthal signed into law the Wyoming Cancer Control Act which provided for a comprehensive statewide approach to cancer prevention and control.
* Authorization of a breast and cervical cancer education and outreach project for medically-underserved women in the Big Horn Basin area resulting in the opportunity to sustain efforts to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality and morbidity.
*The act created the Wyoming Colorectal Cancer Screening Program which provides funding for colonoscopies to under and uninsured Wyomingites. On July 1, 2007 Wyoming’s colorectal cancer prevention and screening program was unveiled.
*Authorization of a breast and cervical cancer education and outreach project for Wind River women resulting in the opportunity to reduce the breast and cervical cancer morbidity and mortality of Wyoming’s Native American women.
The Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Project (i.e. Cancer Resource Coordinators) was approved through the 2007 Governor’s Supplemental Budget. The project is an evidence-based model to provide patient navigation, education, and outreach relating to cancer prevention and control in five Wyoming regions. Regional sites are determined based on submission of competitive Request for Proposals reviewed and scored by the Wyoming Department of Health. Service headquarters are currently based out of Albany, Laramie, Uinta, Park and Johnson counties. Each regional location provides the following services to Wyoming residents:
* The Wyoming Pain Initiative (WPI) was founded as a result of the Wyoming Cancer Control Act. A Wyoming Pain Advisory Committee was authorized to research issues relating to pain management in Wyoming and to provide programmatic and policy recommendations to various audiences, including the Director of the Wyoming Department of Health, other state agencies and licensing boards of healthcare professionals who manage acute and chronic pain patients. Representatives of the Wyoming Boards of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy were appointed to provide knowledge and expertise in the area of pain control. Additionally, the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Wyoming State Pharmacist, and a member of the public were appointed to provide additional information to ensure all pain-related assets, barriers, challenges, and needs with regard to improving pain control in Wyoming were heard. Wyoming Pain Initiative Meetings the Wyoming Pain Initiative White Paper was created. This white paper gives recommendations for improving pain and system management in Wyoming.
- Cancer education and awareness;
- Promoting early detection of cancer at intervals required by national screening guidelines;
- Recruiting eligible participants into the state-funded cancer screening programs;
- Serving as a point of contact/ Patient Navigator to Wyoming residents needing local, regional, state, and national cancer information;
- Collecting essential data for statewide distribution and complete program evaluation as needed;
- Bringing stakeholders to the table to choose priority areas of need in the region with regard to cancer prevention and control (community planning).
- Filling service gaps utilizing resources within the communities.
Camp Courage Wyoming is Wyoming first and only childhood cancer camp. This camp helps to support childhood cancer survivors, provides social oncology counseling, and offers relaxing and fun entertainment for the childhood cancer patient and their families. This is also one of the first times these families, with so much in common will be able to connect and share their experiences with each other. Camp Courage Wyoming is a weekend family camp with components for all family members, including sibling support.