Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
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:
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