Mission

To reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive cancer control plan that addresses cancers across the continuum from prevention through palliation.

Core Activities

  • Lead in the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of an Indiana-focused comprehensive cancer control plan that addresses cancer across the continuum.
  • Provide guidance to members on current issues in cancer advocacy, research, detection, and treatment.
  • Provide a forum for a multi-sectored and diverse membership to discuss the cancer issues challenging Indiana.
  • Increase the quantity, quality, and availability of complete and timely cancer and related data
  • Strengthen communication, resource sharing, and collaboration in the cancer community, and reduce duplication and inefficiency.
  • Train Indiana health workers and cancer advocates on current evidence-based strategies and best practices.
  • Support and educate Indiana on policy, system, and environmental changes that decrease risk factors which impact Hoosier communities.

History

Our coalition launched from a vision of the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health, and the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division. Over the past decade, the ICC has grown to include over 200 members — including organizations and individuals, who work collaboratively to reduce Indiana’s cancer burden. The ICC Steering Committee and work group co-chairs guide ICC activities, infrastructure, partnership development, and evaluation. The ICC is funded, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Today, the ICC is housed at the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, whose mission is to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana by providing free client services, cancer screenings and education. The ICC works alongside four other statewide coalitions addressing chronic disease in Indiana, including the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana, and Promoting Smokefree Pregnancy in Indiana.