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The NNE-CTR Partners with the Biden Cancer Community Summit and the VT Cancer Coalition to Address “Challenges of Cancer in Rural Northern New England”

September 24, 2018 by Jennifer Smith

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Jan Carney MD, MPH and Charlie MacLean MD, two leaders of our NNE-CTR Rural Health program, moderated a panel discussion that included Scot Remick MD, FACP, Chief of the Cancer program at Maine Medical Center, and Chip Cole, co-leader of our Clinical Research Design program at the Vermont Cancer Coalition Annual Meeting on “Challenges of Cancer in Rural Northern New England” on September 21 in Montpelier, VT.  The program was co-sponsored by the Biden Foundation’s Cancer Community Summit.  The focus of the panel discussion addressed the unique challenges for cancer prevention, treatment, early detection and survivorship in rural NNE, the unmet needs as they relate to rural health, the opportunities/strategies to address unmet needs with emphasis on disparities, collaborative initiatives that will be mutually beneficial for VT, NH and ME to accelerate progress toward making cancer preventable and treatable. 

Participants in the program included the leadership of the Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine Cancer Centers, the American Cancer Society, the Vermont Commissioner of Health, state legislators, the Vermont Director for the state Medicaid program, the FDA representative responsible for oversight of the federally funded Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine state Cancer Plans, the northern New England state-based organization responsible for the development and implementation of the VT (Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer), NH and ME state Cancer Plans, cancer advocacy and survivorship groups, the VT Department of Health cancer registrar and program directors, academic deans for public health and primary care medical practice from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and a primary care physician/cancer survivor with a strong commitment to health care for underserved rural populations.

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