NE AHEC To Host Cancer Roundtables


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center recently learned that it is one of four regional AHECs selected by the George Washington Cancer Institute to host a series of comprehensive cancer care roundtable events.  

Each participating regional AHEC (the others are located in Florida, South Dakota, and Vermont) will host one community roundtable per year for a total of three years. The goal of these roundtables is to promote increased integration of cancer and chronic disease efforts by convening key stakeholders and strengthening relationships at the community, state, or regional level. The Northeast Kentucky AHEC’s first roundtable meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2015, at the Center for Health Education and Research in Morehead.

"Kentucky is ranked worst among the states in the number of cancer-related deaths, with eastern Kentucky having the Commonwealth's highest rates of cancer mortality," said Northeast Kentucky AHEC Director David A. Gross. "Our roundtables will focus on tobacco use and the initial event will focus on prevention and detection strategies. Lung cancer is a disease that affects so many eastern Kentucky residents, and the Northeast Kentucky AHEC feels a responsibility to bring together well-qualified individuals to discuss ways to ease its burden within our region." 

The George Washington Cancer Institute was awarded a three-year cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to design and implement comprehensive, high-quality training and technical assistance to states' comprehensive cancer control programs and their partners. Comprehensive cancer control is an integrated and coordinated approach to reducing cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation. Through CCC programs, communities and partner organizations pool their resources to reduce the burden of cancer. A key priority for the CDC is to better integrate cancer and chronic disease prevention efforts.

The selected roundtable hosts will each receive $3,000 per year and are expected to: 
  • Work with GW Cancer Institute to identify key issues, state-specific information, critical stakeholders, and priority outcomes from the roundtable;
  • Coordinate one roundtable per year from 2015-'17, including recruiting participants, securing meeting locations, and providing refreshments;
  • Facilitate the roundtables with the GW Cancer Institute;
  • Set goals with roundtable stakeholders to achieve priority outcomes;
  • Conduct follow-up meetings with participants to evaluate progress toward achieving the goals and objectives of the roundtables; and
  • Advance integration efforts and participate in the evaluation of the roundtables with the GW Cancer Institute.
For more information, contact the Northeast Kentucky AHEC's continuing education administrator, Jessica Caudill, at (606) 783-6453 or

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