Who We Are
C-Change is comprised of the nation's key cancer leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors. These cancer leaders share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness.
One of the underlying principles of C-Change is to leverage the leadership and expertise of all sectors of society to eliminate cancer as a major public health problem at the earliest possible time. C-Change is both a forum and a catalyst for identifying issues and major challenges facing the cancer community and for initiating collaborative actions to complement the efforts of individual C-Change Members.
Currently, there are about 150 C-Change participants, all of whom are central figures from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
What We Do
C-Change shares information; helps identify barriers, gaps, and opportunities related to its mission; seeks agreement on critical national priorities and supportive actions; and facilitates independent and collaborative efforts to achieve common goals.
C-Change is committed to seven underlying principles:
- To reenergize the national effort to control cancer
- To promote research as the "engine" that drives the understanding of cancer
- To close the gap between knowledge produced by research and the application of that information in the community for the benefit of all
- To help Members work together on issues that cannot be addressed as effectively by individual participants alone
- To reach all people, particularly those at greater risk, including ethnic minorities and the medically underserved
- To promote primary cancer prevention and early detection, to provide access to high-quality care, and to enhance quality of life for cancer patients
- To end tobacco use among youths and young adults
- Strategic Initiatives (pdf)
- For the first time, C-Change brings together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address the cancer issue.
- For the first time, C-Change provides a national forum, allowing major cancer leaders to discuss concerns and promising areas of opportunity.
- C-Change helps reach some degree of consensus on how to move forward as a cancer community and develops a coordinated strategy for making progress against cancer.
- C-Change addresses fragmentation, unnecessary duplication, and a lack of coordination and communication within the cancer community.
- C-Change pulls together the respective cancer disciplines to address the major barriers to progress in the areas of cancer research, clinical trials, state cancer plans, primary cancer prevention, and access to high-quality cancer care.