Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Roadmap


  • In January, ICC announces new leadership and hosts first regional meeting in Bloomington
  • ICC participates in CDC Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
  • ICC’s Spring Meeting focus is on Health Disparities
  • The Primary Prevention Action Team will be focusing its efforts on a new priority objective: By 2014 increase the percentage of high school students in Indiana who engage in 60 minutes or more of moderate or vigorous physical activity daily from 32 percent to 35 percent as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior – United States. The Quality of Life Action Team was formed to address this priority objective: By 2014 increase cancer survivors’ utilization of end of life care.
  • ICC presents poster at the CDC National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director’s Business Meeting
  • In May, Gov. Mitch Daniels signs into law HB 1382 requiring health insurers to cover routine care costs associated with clinical trial participation for cancer patients – a major accomplishment for the Clinical Trials Action Team
  • ICC hosts second regional meeting in South Bend in September
  • Breaking Down Barriers: A success story for the ICC Clinical Trials Action Team is selected to be included in the 2010 CDC National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program success story publication
  • In October, first For Men Only Fellowship Brunch held at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Indianapolis
  • Draft Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014 is presented at ICC Fall Meeting


  • By January 1, 2008, 77 organizations have become formal ICC members.
  • The ICC signed on as a supporting member of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air.
  • The ICC shifted the focus on how it tackles priority issues. Two Action Teams were formed to focus on advocating for legislation focused on increasing health coverage of standard care for cancer patients enrolled in clinical trails and encouraging primary care practitioners to incorporate cancer-related information in their practice to promote the primary prevention of cancer.
  • 14th ICC meeting: April 23, 2007. Focus: Prevention and Screening. Click HERE for a link to the meeting presentations.


  • With insistence from the ICC breast and cervical cancer coordinating committee, Governor Daniels proclaimed January, 2007 as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
  • 12th ICC meeting, April 25, 2007. Focus: Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction: Medical and Behavioral Approaches.
  • 13th ICC meeting: October 17, 2007. Focus: Disparities and Reaching the Underserved.
  • The breast and cervical cancer coordinating committee served as an expert panel to Senator Lawson to support Senate Bill 327. SB 327 (enacted July, 2007) ensures that “a school that enrolls grade 6 female   students shall provide each parent of a female student who is entering grade 6 with information prescribed by the state department of health under subsection (c) concerning the link between cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and that an immunization against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is available. The state department of health shall provide a school described in subsection (b) with the information concerning cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection required in subsection (b).”
  • The primary prevention coordinating committee conducted a statewide survey focused on the utilization of cancer prevention resources among primary care providers. The survey was sent to 1,866 primary care providers across the state of Indiana and received a response rate of 11.36 percent. Click HERE to view the survey results.
  • The colorectal cancer coordinating committee implemented a Grandparents Day Card Initiative. 3,370 Grandparents Day cards were sent out at the end of August for Grandparents Day in September. The cards reminded Grandparents about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings.
  • In October 2007, the advocacy committee joined the Indiana Statewide Smokefree Air Coalition in supporting the adoption of the Fundamentals for Smokefree Air Policy for Hoosier communities.
  • The ICC signed on as a supporting member of the Health by Design, an emerging movement in Central Indiana to bring together advocates of community design, transportation and health to support healthy and active living.


  • February 11, 2006 the 114th General Assembly House Resolution 25 passed– recognizing, supporting, and promoting Comprehensive Cancer Control and the Indiana Cancer Consortium.
  • 10th ICC meeting, April 19, 2006. Focus: Underserved populations and cancer care. Keynote speaker: Otis Brawley, M.D., Associate Director, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia.
  • New evaluation committee formed focused on developing methods to evaluate the Indiana Cancer Control Plan including a system to regularly measure outcomes of coordinating committees and member organizations.
  • 11th ICC meeting: October 18, 2006. Keynote speaker: Jon F. Kerner, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Research Dissemination and Diffusion, National Cancer Institute.
  • The second meeting of the Survivors’ Initiative Network (formally Advocacy Workgroup) was held on November 28, 2006. The goals for the workshop were to build advocacy skills through developing an understanding of the relationship between cancer screening, treatment, and access issues and a tobacco tax increase, develop processes for Survivor Initiative member communication and action, and promote collaboration with other cancer-related groups and individuals.
  • Two secondhand smoke workshops were conducted. The objectives were to understand the science behind secondhand smoke, learn about model smokefree air policy, procedures, and resources, identify action steps to promote smokefree air policy within a community, and collaborate with other organizations to promote smokefree air policy. The workshops were held in Indianapolis and South Bend.


  • By January, 2005, 59 organizations have become formal ICC members. This reflected a 20% increase compared to the previous year.
  • Dr. Greg Wilson, State Health Commissioner and ICC Steering Committee Chair, was interviewed by the Indianapolis Business Journal regarding the recent release of the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2005-2008, and the goals of the Indiana Cancer Consortium.
  • CDC Implementation Grant written and submitted. The grant was approved and fully funded.
  • Third steering committee retreat. Focus: committee roles, staff roles, degree of member organization commitment for implementation were outlined. A standard application form for strategy adoption proposed.
  • Eighth ICC Meeting, April 27, 2005. Keynote: Two States’ Experiences Implementing Cancer Control Plans. Panel presentations by Michigan and Ohio cancer control representatives, followed by group discussion. Indiana’s next steps for cancer control implementation were presented to ICC members.
  • Indiana Cancer Control Pre-Implementation Inventory was conducted via survey of ICC members to assess the extent to which the goals of the Indiana Cancer Control Plan were aligned with the missions of member organizations.
  • By July, 2005, 67 organizations have become formal ICC members.
  • A prostate cancer mini-grant program was developed. The objective of the program is to increase the number of African- American men that engage in informed decision-making related to prostate cancer. The program encourages community health centers or similar organizations to conduct prostate cancer workshops.
  • The first advocacy workshop was scheduled for August 2, 2005. Keynote speaker: Nancy Davenport-Ennis, National Patient Advocate Foundation. She spoke about the national Patient Navigator System legislation that had been signed into law by President Bush. Forty-three survivors and patient service providers from around the state participated. Eighteen participants volunteered to participate in the formation of a statewide advocacy network.
  • Ninth ICC Meeting, October 5, 2005. Focus: Cancer Control Implementation in Indiana. Keynote speaker: J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Indiana Health Information Exchange.


  • Evaluator contracted to provide technical assistance and formative feedback during planning process.
  • Technical writer contracted for development of Indiana Cancer Control Plan.
  • New cervical cancer advisory committee is convened and begins developing goals and objectives.
  • Second steering committee retreat. Goals and objectives were presented by advisory committee co-chairs, continuum format is proposed, and steering committee members prioritize objectives.
  • New quality of life advisory committee is convened and developed goals and objectives.
  • Sixth ICC Meeting, May 5: Focus: Committee chairs presented goals and objectives to ICC members; members prioritized goals and objectives within each continuum category; members identified objectives that are appropriate for their organization to work toward; cancer-specific groups discussed additional strategies to meet objectives.
  • ICC provided expert testimony to the Indiana State Commission on Excellence in Health Care regarding early detection issues for breast, cervical and prostate cancer. Indiana State Medical Association passed a resolution supporting the Indiana Cancer Control Plan.
  • Seventh ICC Meeting, October 20: Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2005-2008 Rollout. Keynote Speaker: “Moving Toward Implementation”, Dr Karen Antman, National Cancer Institutes Deputy Director for Translational and Clinical Research.
  • ICC website launched:
  • ICC advisory committees transition to implementation role and become ICC coordinating committees. Committees meet to discuss their goal, objectives, and strategies – and identify recruit new members needed for implementing the plan.
  • New primary prevention and treatment access and utilization coordinating committees were added to the ICC, while cervical and breast cancer coordinating committees were combined. Total ICC committees is now nine.
  • Twelve CCC staff and steering committee members attended a second Comprehensive Cancer Control Leadership Institute in Chicago. The Institute was intended for state cancer control leadership and coalitions approaching or involved in implementing comprehensive cancer control state plans.
  • Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2005-2008 was formally presented at ISDH Executive Board meeting.


  • Priority areas were determined based on ICC participant survey: breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung and other tobacco-related cancers, advocacy, and cancer data.
  • By-laws approved.
  • First steering committee retreat: goals and objectives discussed for priority areas.
  • Began ICC membership application process.
  • Data sub-committee and ACS developed the first Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures, released in September, 2003.
  • Co-chairs and members for new advisory committees were recruited.
  • Fourth ICC meeting, May 7; Keynote– “Collaboration” Vicki Rakowski, R.N., E.T., American Cancer Society- Great Lakes Division.
  • CDC Comprehensive Cancer planning grant funded – July 2003. Provided 1.75 FTE cancer control positions.
  • ICC advisory committees begin planning work for CCC plan – June 2003. State prostate cancer funds made available for Prostate Cancer Initiative; 1 FTE, collaborative project with ICC.
  • Fifth ICC meeting; keynote – “Comprehensive Cancer Control” Leslie Given, M.P.A., from CDC – October 2003.


  • Second ICC meeting, April 10 (30 attendees from 25 organizations); Presentation: “Economic Effects of Tobacco-Related Cancer: Are Tobacco Taxes Effective in Reducing Consumption and Improving Public Health­” Stephen J. Jay, M.D.
  • First cancer control support staff hired.
  • CDC Comprehensive Cancer Control planning grant submitted.
  • Twelve Steering Committee members attended CDC/NCI/ACS’s Cancer Control Leadership Institute.
  • Created ICC organization structure and developed ICC by-laws.
  • CDC planning grant “approved, but not funded”. CDC will not require re-submission of grant proposal.
  • Third ICC meeting, October 9 (38 attendees); Presentations: “Indiana Cancer Burden Data” John Lewis, M.D., M.P.H.; “Redes En Accion” Aida Giachello, Ph.D.
  • Passed resolution in support of FDA authority over cigarettes and other tobacco products.


  • The Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) had its beginnings in February 2001 when the Indiana State Department of Health, American Cancer Society-Great Lakes Division, Indiana University Cancer Center, the Indiana University School of Nursing, and the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health met to talk about the need for cancer control planning in Indiana. In May 2001, a group of 15 statewide health groups was convened. This group decided to call itself the Indiana Cancer Consortium and to move forward with cancer control planning.
  • Temporary executive committee appointed. Planning grant submitted to CDC; not approved. Passed resolution in support of raising Indiana’s tobacco tax.
  • October 31: First official ICC meeting. Scientific Presentations: Tobacco-related cancers and ITPCA; Economic impact of tobacco in Indiana, Smoking Moms in selected Indiana Counties; Colorectal Cancer screening; Breast and cervical cancer; Cancer Registry data; GIS mapping as a planning tool. Four priority interest issues identified.