Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Resources

Influencing Health Behaviors

The American Cancer Society and Comprehensive Cancer Control have developed a framework for using a PSE approach, to influence health behaviors.


Policy, Systems, & Environmental Change Resource Guide

For a more in-depth look, the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership provides Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Resource Guide. The guide offers resources, models, and tools to assist states in planning and implementing PSE work.


Tan Free Teens Year One Report

Volunteers with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network hit the road in February and April to see whether Minnesota tanning facility operators know they are prohibited from allowing minors to tan and that a notice to that effect must be posted where it can be seen. Although nearly all operators at facilities visited knew about the state’s new tanning law, a substantial number (43%) did not have a sign posted. ACS-CAN thinks there is room for improvement.


March 4 CRC Meeting

On March 4, 2015, the Minnesota Cancer Alliance partnered with the American Cancer Society and the Minnesota Department of Health to convene an action-planning meeting to accelerate Minnesota’s colon screening rates. The meeting included a general session and individual breakouts to plan collaborative action around provider education, patient engagement and follow-up care for the uninsured.

The following presentations from the March 4 meeting are now available to view and download:

Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Action Planning Objectives

Presented by Matt Flory, American Cancer Society

Colon Cancer Data: Where Are We Today?

Presented by Nathan Hunkins, MN Community Measurement

Keynote Address: How Can We Get There?

Presented by Dr. Richard Wender, American Cancer Society



2014 Annual Report


The Minnesota Cancer Alliance is pleased to publish this online version of its 2014 Annual Report. The report tells the Alliance’s 2014 story “by the numbers,” speaking to what we can accomplish by working together. The Alliance gains power from its members and supporters to work toward the goals of Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016. Make a commitment today to join or renew your membership in the Alliance.

View the full 2014 Annual Report here


Darla Havlicek Spirit of Collaboration Awards recipients honored at 2014 Cancer Summit

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance singled out three individuals and one innovative public health program for special recognition during the 2014 Cancer Summit, held November 6 at the Hilton Minneapolis/ Bloomington. The Spirit of Collaboration Awards are named for Darla Havlicek in honor of her many contributions to the Alliance and tobacco control in Minnesota. Darla passed away from cancer in April 2012.

DeAnn Lazovich, an associate professor and cancer epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and co-leader of the Masonic Cancer Center’s program in Prevention and Etiology, was honored as a Policy Champion whose research and advocacy skills led the Alliance to make indoor tanning use and the risk of melanoma priority policy issues nearly 4 years ago. That work paid off this earlier this year with passage of a bill that prohibits anyone younger than 18 from tanning at an indoor tanning salon. New this year, the Policy Champion award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Minnesota through work on policy, systems, and environmental change.

Key Collaborator Awards went to Gay Lynn Richards of the Minnesota Department of Health and Dr. Ann Vogel, a family practice physician in New Ulm. Gay Lynn Richards is a clinical nurse specialist who serves as regional coordinator for the Sage Screening Program, which helps low income women get free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic tests at 430 clinics throughout Minnesota. Dr. Ann Vogel, who for years served as the only full-time physician at the Open Door Clinic in Mankato and is now affiliated with the Allina Clinic in New Ulm, was honored for her lifelong commitment to collaborative cancer control efforts.

The See, Test & Treat Project Team from North Point Health and Wellness Clinic was awarded the Darla Havlicek Spirit of Collaboration Award for their efforts to make getting recommended cancer screening exams easy for women who might otherwise forego them. The See, Test & Treat approach, refined by the North Point team over the past 8 years, is to offer Pap tests and mammograms on the same day and provide test results promptly so that women who may require follow-up care get connected before leaving the clinic. The program is offered over a three-day period, with one day reserved for African American women, one day for Spanish-speaking women, and a third day for Hmong/Laotian women.


As pictured, from left to right: DeAnn Lazovich, Patricia Ruiz de Somocurcio of the See, Test & Treat team, Dr. Ann Vogel, Trena Allbritton and Bonita Robinson; both of the See, Test & Treat team, and Gay Lynn Richards.

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Annual Report 2013

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the release of its 2013 Annual Report. In it, we look back at the steps we took last year to reduce the burden of cancer in the state. Using Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 as our guide, we trace highlights from the projects, people, and connections that impacted Alliance goals in 2013. We present data to measure our progress in achieving cancer plan objectives — showing graphically where we are headed in the right direction and where we need more work. Join us as we continue to push for change in 2014.


View the 2013 Annual Report