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CNMI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

The Cancer Coalition for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) consists of collaboration between the Commonwealth Cancer Association (CCA) and the CNMI Department of Health. This coalition has worked through difficulty of maintaining community support without a paid coordinator position. Without an active coordinator position consistently filled during 2005 and most of 2006, the CNMI has worked on its CCC Plan. The CCA has acted as the coordinating body during development of the CNMI CCC Plan by including community members during its monthly meetings to increase a broad based coalition of support. During this stage, there was full community involvement as a comprehensive plan was developed. Attendees of these meetings included business leaders, religious leaders and cancer survivors to improve collaboration and participation in the development of the CNMI CCC Plan. By the end of 2006, an active coalition coordinator was hired by the CCA. The employment of this coordinator is scheduled to be transferred to DPH in June, 2007. With an active coalition coordinator, wider input to the CCC Plan has been achieved. Members of the cancer coalition comprise of at least one to two representatives from CCA, Department of Public Health, Northern Marianas College, Public School System, Tinian Health Center, The Center for Living Independently, and the CNMI Legislature.

Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Plan

Funding from a National Cancer Institute grant (Pacific Cancer Initiative) allowed for a preliminary needs assessment to be done in 2002 and for development of health promotion programs and materials. After the Pacific CCC planning grant was awarded to the University of Hawaii Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in 2004, the CCC process began in the FSM, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and Republic of the Marshall Islands. Palau competed for and received its own funding for CCC planning. The jurisdictions began forming community coalitions and further examining existing resources in late 2004. Because the CCC process was so foreign to the USAPIN jurisdictions, a Comprehensive Cancer Control leadership institute was developed specifically for the USAPIN and conducted in March 2005. After the Leadership Institute, the CCC program coordinators, CCPI members and policy makers were more empowered to establish or enhance their CCC infrastructure, mobilize support and build partnerships.

CCC Plan Goal:

The overall goals of this proposed plan are as follows;

  1. Prevention: To reduce and prevent the incidence of cancer through education and behavioral change strategies.
  2. Screening: To detect conditions that may lead to cancer and find all cancer cases at the earliest possible stage.
  3. Diagnosis: Improve availability and access to diagnostic techniques that lead to earlier recognition of malignant disease.
  4. Treatment: When cancer is diagnosed, treat the patient and family with the most appropriate therapy as close to home as possible.
  5. Longitudinal Patient Care: To provide physical, social, mental and spiritual care that would help a person attains the best quality of life as his/her cancer progresses.
  6. Data, Registry and Surveillance: To collect complete, accurate, and timely data on cancer in the CNMI.

Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Plan Download

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) Members

Jocelyn Songsong

Jocelyn Songsong

  • Title: CNMI CCPI Director
  • Email: jsongsongncdb@gmail.com
  • Tel: (670) 236-8731
  • Address:
    Commonwealth Health Care Corporation
    Division of Public Health, Non-Communicable Disease Bureau
    P.O. Box 500409
    Saipan, MP 96950
Dr. John Tudela

Dr. John M. Tudela

  • Title: CNMI CCPI Director
  • Email: tudelaj@gmail.com
  • Tel: (670) 234-8950
  • Address:
    Commonwealth Health Care Corporation
    Hospital Division
    P.O. Box 500409
    Saipan, MP 96950

Contact Information

Jocelyn Songsong

Sharina Clark

  • Title:CNMI CCC Coordinator
  • Email: srclarkncdb@gmail.com
  • Tel: (670) 236-8731
  • Address:
    Commonwealth Health Care Corporation
    Division of Public Health, Non-Communicable Disease Bureau
    P.O. Box 500409
    Saipan, MP 96950
Joanne Ogo

Joanne C. Ogo

  • Title:CNMI Cancer Registrar
  • Email: joanne.ogo@gmail.com
  • Tel: (670) 236-8703 or (670) 234-8950 ext. 2141.
  • Address:
    Commonwealth Health Care Corporation
    Division of Public Health, Non-Communicable Disease Bureau
    P.O. Box 500409
    Saipan, MP 96950

Anthony Reyes

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