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Implementation Groups 

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is supported by four implementation groups and six committees. Consortium members are encouraged to join and be active in one of each. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Implementation Groups and Committees

What's the difference between an implementation group and a committee? 
Implementation groups support activities throughout the state that promote the four goal areas of the Iowa Cancer Plan—prevention, screening, treatment, and quality of life (the prevention and screening groups also include sub-groups that focus on specific topic areas within the broader category). Committees guide the operational components of the Consortium.

How do I decide which implementation groups and committees I should participate in?
Easy! Shop around! Choose one based on the descriptions below, and try it out. If you feel like it’s not the right fit, feel free to try another. If the descriptions below don’t help you choose, email us at and we’ll do our best to provide some guidance.

How do implementation groups and committees work throughout the year?
Implementation group and committee meeting frequencies vary from group to group. Some meet monthly, some meet bi-monthly, and others meet quarterly or on a difference schedule. Almost all meetings are done via teleconference and online. Check out the Events Calendar for upcoming meetings. Feel free to try one out!

Iowa Cancer Consortium Implementation Groups



Tessa Allred, Iowa Cancer Consortium, (319)467-4569

Interested in chairing or co-chairing this group? 
Email Tessa Allred at

The Prevention Implementation Group works to increase awareness of the link between cancer and physical activity, nutrition, and obesity, and to decrease tobacco use in Iowa and increase access to tobacco-cessation tools. It also focuses on reducing cancer risk through risk reduction, vaccines, and environmental exposures.

Work Groups: HPV, Physical Activity & Nutrition, Radon, UV/Sun Safety, and Tobacco


Christy Manternach, American Cancer Society, (712) 246-9684

The Screening Implementation Group promotes access to early detection and cancer screenings for all Iowans, regardless of ability to pay. 

Work Groups: Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, and Lung Cancer

Treatment & Quality of Life

Karen Van De Steeg, June E. Nylen Cancer Center, (712) 252-9301
   Erin Sullivan Wagner, After Cancer, (319) 631-5000
   Rita Harris, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, (319) 398-6180

The Treatment & Quality of Life Implementation Group works to ensure the accessibility, availability, and quality of cancer treatment for all Iowans and to meet the diverse needs of Iowa Cancer survivors. 
To find out what Committee or Implementation Group you are enrolled in, visit the Iowa Cancer Consortium.
  1. Log In, in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Click View Profile, in the upper right corner of the screen.
            Your involvement in either a Committee or Implementation Group will be listed towards the bottom of your profile page.
  3.  To change this information, click on Edit Profile, at the top of the page.
  4.  Having trouble? Email us for help at

Learn about Consortium membership.