Task Forces & Collaboratives
The Early Detection Task Force (EDTF) is a partnership of individuals from primary care, diagnostics, insurers, and community organizations working together to increase the early detection of cancers and reduce late stage diagnoses with a focus on breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers. Meetings are twice each year to unite the collaboratives
Task force objectives align with objectives and strateiges set forth in the 2021-2025 Nevada Cancer Control Plan and those identified by partners within the state.
This task force works with several collaboratives that each have a focus area:
- Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Collaborative
- Southern Nevada Breast Cancer Coallaborative
- Nevada Colorectal Cancer Collaborative
- Staff Contact: Cassie Goodman
Task Force Vision:
Decrease the number of preventable cancers in Nevada through policy and environmental changes that serve to protect people in workplaces, homes and schools, and increase educational awareness about lifestyles choices that can help prevent cancer.
The Cancer Prevention Task Force is a partnership of state and local organizations and individuals working together to implement policy and environmental changes and increase educational awareness about cancer prevention strategies and practices.
Task Force Objectives:
Align with Prevention Objectives and Strategies as detailed in Nevada’s Cancer Control Plan. Broadly, cancer prevention objectives include addressing the following:
Increasing completion of the HPV vaccination series among Nevada youth.
Decreasing adult and youth smoking/vaping; decreasing youth initiation of smoking/vaping; decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke. Details are outlined in the 2019 - 2023 Nevada Tobacco Control Plan.
Reducing the obesity rate in children and maintaining the obesity rate in adults.
Decreasing exposure to elevated levels of radon.
Reducing the incidence of skin cancer.
- Staff Contact: Christine Thompson
- Chairpersons: Deb Harris
Task Force Vision:
Improve Nevada cancer survivors’ quality of life through increased awareness, education, and access to survivorship resources and services, as well as palliative care, while also increasing knowledge of both survivorship and palliative care among health care professionals.
This task force meets every other month and brings together nurse navigators, survivorship program coordinators, palliative care physicians and practitioners, survivors, and advocates.
Current Task Force Objectives:
Task force objectives align with priorities set forth in the 2021-2025 Nevada Cancer Plan and those identified by partners within the state.
- Expand clinical and non-clinical supportive resources available to survivors.
- Increase equitable access to palliative care services in hospitals.
- Increase educational opportunities for current and future health care professionals and other support personnel to learn about best practices in survivorship.
- Staff Contacts: Amy Thompson
- Chairperson: Tom McCoy
- Nevada Cancer Survivor Focus Group Study
- Billing Challenges for Survivorship Services
- Survivorship Care Plan Best Practices
ThriveNV, NCC's navigation, support and resources program for survivors, previvors, and caregivers
Nevada POLST, Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment
Five Wishes, guide and documentation for advance directives
The Patient Revolution, patient tools for shared decision-making
Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care