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Policy & Systems 

The Iowa Cancer Plan promotes advocacy for policy and systems change. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The policies, systems, and environments around us, including our communities, worksites, transportation systems, schools, faith-based organizations, and health-care settings shape the pattern of our lives and our health." It is necessary for change and partnerships to occur at these foundational levels to make optimal cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and quality-of-life opportunities accessible to all Iowans.

Check out work being done in Iowa to support policy and systems change:

  Active Ottumwa (2016), Ottumwa, IA
  Be Sun Safe (2014), Sioux City, IA
  Body & Soul: Train the Trainer (2012), Statewide
  "Celebrating Survivorship" Blood Cancer Symposium (2014), Des Moines
  Cervical Cancer Free Iowa (ongoing), Statewide
  Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative using FluFOBT Model, Central IA
  Community and Worksite Mentoring Project (2012), Statewide
  Ensuring Health in All Iowa Planning Policies (2015), Statewide
  FluFIT Pilot Project (2014), Marshalltown, IA
  Healthy Vending and Salad Bars in Private and Public Worksites, FY13, Statewide
  HPV Vaccines for Teens: Taking Shots Against Cancer, Cerro Gordo County, IA
  Identifying and Understanding How to Address the Gaps in Care Experienced by Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (2017), Iowa City
  Increasing Access to Quality Lung Cancer Screening in the Community Hospital Setting (2014), Pottawattamie County, IA
  Increasing Screening Rates in Primary Care Clinics, Statewide
  Iowa Radon Project (2014), Statewide
  Radon-Free Homes Initiative (2013), Des Moines 
  Radon in Iowa (2012), Statewide
  Safe Routes to School Fun in Northeast Iowa: Promoting Physical Activity and Safety Among Youth (FY15), Northeast, IA
  Safe Sun for Children (2016), Shelby County, IA
  Sun Safety & Minor League Baseball (2012), Statewide
  Sun Safety RAGBRAI, Statewide
  Tobacco-Free Schools, Statewide

Image of 2012-2017 Iowa Cancer Plan. Click here to access the entire document.

Additional Over-Arching Issues


Iowa Cancer Plan Goals

Goal 1: Prevention
Goal 2: Screening
Goal 3: Treatment
Goal 4: Quality of Life
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