Pacific Cancer Programs

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Pacific Cancer Programs

The three Pacific Cancer Programs funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report to the Cancer Council for the Pacific Islands (CCPI) as their regional board and coalition. These include: 1) the Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control (RCCC), 3) the Pacific Region Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR) and 3) the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (for breast & cervical cancer) (Pacific CEED). The priority populations are the peoples of the six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island Nations (USAPIN); Territory of Guam, the Territory of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (RSM), including the FSM States and those who reside in Hawaii and the continental U.S..

In June 2004, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, JABSOM, University of Hawaii (DFMCH-UH) received a National Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning grant as the ‘bona fide agent’ for the US Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions and territories. From 2004-2007, each USAPI initiated its multi-sectoral and community-based Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition, participated in multiple trainings and CCC Leadership Institutes (CCCLI) dedicated to work planning, needs assessments, partnerships, health disparities, resource mobilization, evidence-based programs, advocacy, palliative care, clinical trials, cancer registry, and data collection. The three years of CCC planning culminated in ten jurisdiction 5-year CCC Plans and one Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (RCCC), 2007-2012. On June 6, 2007, the USAPI were each awarded CCC implementation cooperative agreements by CDC. Each USAPI also makes a contribution to the RCCC via a contract with the DFMCH-UH.

In response to the lack of systematic and accurate collection of cancer data in the region, the US Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) Pacific Region Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR) was initiated through the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) as early as 2003. The current CDC Cancer Registry cooperative agreement was awarded in July 2007. Among its primary responsibilities are to develop the systems and policies for insuring proper identification, reporting and recording of all cancers in each USAPI and to develop the capacity and infrastructure for each of the USAPI to manage the rigorous data collection and entry required of a cancer registry.

The Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities 2007-2012 funded by REACH US CDC became the third Pacific Cancer Program. Pacific CEED was designed as a regional program to augment the work of the USAPI coalitions by funding and providing technical for innovative community projects, regionalizing efforts towards policy and systems change and by evaluating outputs and outcomes towards eliminating breast and cervical cancer disparities.
The strengths of the Pacific Cancer Programs lie in their collaboration and coordination whereby multiple synergies and benefits are realized, for example:

  • Well documented needs assessments (published in Pacific Health Dialog, 2004)
  • Funding by US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention under 5 year cooperative agreements
  • Multi-sectoral & representative Coalitions at local, jurisdiction and regional levels
  • Long-standing Regional, National, International Partnerships
  • Robust Technical Partnerships
  • Collaboration with WHO & the Secretariat for the Pacific Communities in FSM, Palau and RMI
  • Strong capacity building and technical expertise
  • Demonstrated data quality improvement
  • Track-record in community based participatory approaches
  • Social determinants approach across all levels of influence and impact
  • Program evaluation expertise

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI)

The Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) is the ‘Steering Committee’ for the Pacific Region Cancer Coalition (PRCC). CCPI members are appointed by the USAPI Directors and Ministers of Health, two members per jurisdiction. All are members of their respective Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions. The Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (RCCC) serves as the Secretariat for CCPI and is coordinated by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii (DFMCH-JABSOM-UH). The three Pacific Cancer Programs funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report to the CCPI as the regional board and coalition; Pacific CEED, Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control (RCCC), and the Pacific Region Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR). The CCPI became incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2006 and adopted by-laws with a vision and mission statement to ensure representation for all USAPI.

  • Additional information about the CCPI

Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control (RCCC)

The Cancer Council for the Pacific Islands (CCPI) developed the Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control 5-year Plan 2007-2012 by November 2006. RCCC advocates for USAPI and CCPI resource development in cancer and non-communicable disease prevention among US National, Regional, and International Organizations, including the World Health Organization and the Secretariat for the Pacific Communities (SPC). The individual USAPI CCC Programs contribute to the RCCC enabling the membership to meet at least twice a year to address regional cancer priorities.

  • Additional information about the RCCC

Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (Pacific CEED)

The University of Hawaii Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine is the lead agency (Central Coordinating Organization) for the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (Pacific CEED). Pacific CEED’s overall goal is to reduce health disparities in the USAPI with a focus on breast and cervical cancer. Pacific CEED supports the targeted technical assistance & coordination functions for the comprehensive cancer prevention and control program model for USAPIs and key regional partners.

Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR)

In response to the lack of systematic and accurate collection of cancer data in the region, the US Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) Pacific Regional Cancer Registry was conceived and initiated through the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) in 2003. The primary tasks and responsibilities of the Pacific Regional Cancer Registry are to develop the systems and policies which insure proper identification, reporting and recording of all cancers in each USAP and to develop the capacity and infrastructure for each of the USAPI to manage the rigorous data collection and entry required of a cancer registry. The CDC cooperative agreement was awarded to the DFMCH-UH in 2007 to plan and implement the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) in the USAPI. The majority of USAPI jurisdictions began reporting 2007 data to the CDC NPCR in December 2009 via the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry.

  • Additional information about the PRCCR

Funding for this website was made possible by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through the following:
Pacific CEED, award #: 5U58DP000976,USAPI Community Health Interventions Project (CHIP), award #: 1U58DP005810,
Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry, award #: 5U58DP003906; Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, award #: U55/CCU923887.
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Funding Sources: PRCCR: #: 5U58DP003906  | Pacific REACH: #: 1U58DP005810 | RCCC: #: U55/CCU923887 

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