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Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries

Incorporating Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer into a State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

Practice Number: 16003
Submitted By: Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health
Submission Date: April 2002
Last Reviewed: February 2013
Last Updated: February 2013
Best Practice Approach Example Incorporating Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer into a State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
 

The inclusion of oral cancer into a state comprehensive cancer control plan capitalizes on resources not normally available to a state oral health program.  In 2005, a cancer control partnership was convened and supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control.  Representatives of the public, private, professional and voluntary organizations along with policymakers in Illinois were invited to participate in a process to develop the state’s first comprehensive cancer control plan.  The partnership was charged to provide leadership and a forum for identifying and implementing Illinois’ cancer control priorities.  The oral health community was well represented in the partnership with representatives from IDPH, Division of Oral Health, the colleges of dentistry, dental hygiene schools, and the state dental and maxillofacial surgery societies. 

A “Framework for Action” was published and widely disseminated throughout the state.  Six priority areas were identified with specific actions and strategies for each of the priorities that included:

  • Promoting early intervention in the schools
  • Identifying and promoting policies related to prevention, screening, early detection and treatment of cancer
  • Coordinating collection and share findings for all cancers
  • Providing health professionals with appropriate messages, resources and strategies
  • Identifying education strategies and resources to address issues related to insurance
  • Increasing the capacity (policy and resources) for state and local cancer prevention and control 

The costs associated with this effort are primarily staff time devoted to attending partnership meetings, participating in workgroups, collaborating with internal and external partners, and leveraging resources.  As a result of incorporating oral cancer into a state comprehensive cancer control plan, Illinois was able to:

      (1) Educate a diverse group of stakeholders on the impact oral cancer in Illinois

      (2) Develop a statewide oral cancer partnership

      (3) Build capacity for oral cancer prevention and control

      (4) Garner funds through NIH to support a statewide assessment and for the development of a model for oral cancer prevention and control

      (5) Leverage tobacco master settlement agreement monies to support oral cancer prevention activities.

Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:

Julie A. Janssen, RDH, MA, Program Administrator, Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL 62761, Phone: 217-785-4899, Fax: 217-524-2831, Email: Julie.Janssen@Illinois.gov

 

Kathleen Thacker, RDH, Oral Health Consultant, Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL 62761, Phone: 217-785-4899, Fax: 217-524-2831, Email: Kathleen.Thacker@Illinois.gov

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