Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 1173–1180 | Cite as

Collaborating to conquer cancer: the role of partnerships in comprehensive cancer control

  • Cynthia A. VinsonEmail author
  • Citseko Staples
  • Sarah Shafir
  • Leslie Given
  • Nina Miller
Original paper


Comprehensive cancer control celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2018. A dedicated group of national partners formed the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) at the same time that CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program was formed. The CCCNP has supported the development and growth of comprehensive cancer control from its inception. The CCCNP mirrors how coalitions function at the state, tribe, territory, and Pacific Island Jurisdiction level. We provide a national example of how 19 leading cancer organizations work together with a unified vision to support cancer control efforts in the United States (U.S.). What follows is an overview of the CCCNP, its vision, mission, and structure and a description of how this partnership has evolved over the past 20 years. The importance of collaboration is highlighted. Two states, South Dakota and Kansas, provide examples of how working with partners through the cancer coalition has advanced their state’s cancer control agenda. Closing thoughts on the future work of the CCCNP are provided, including a continued focus on supporting health equity; better engagement and support of CCC coalition leaders; and informing efforts to develop a national cancer control plan for the United States.


Coalition Partnership Collaboration Cancer control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia A. Vinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Citseko Staples
    • 2
  • Sarah Shafir
    • 3
  • Leslie Given
    • 4
  • Nina Miller
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.American Cancer SocietyAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Strategic Health ConceptsEarlysvilleUSA
  5. 5.American College of SurgeonsChicagoUSA

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