For his presidential initiative, Dr. Roy Jensen will spearhead the development of a comprehensive, cancer-specific library of model legislation.
Inspired by successful efforts at The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the work of national cancer advocacy organizations, Dr. Jensen will launch a web-based hub of model policies to address issues ranging from oral chemotherapy parity and HPV vaccination to state-level funding for cancer research and coverage of routine care for clinical trials.
Dr. Jensen hopes to offer a dynamic, online library of model policies – each of which is the product of many hours of research and data collection. The database will serve as a "one-stop shop" for information that AACI’s members can use to educate legislators on the issues vital to decreasing cancer incidence and mortality in their catchment area.
AACI is surveying its Government Relations Steering Committee members on priority issues to help develop the model legislation. Through partnerships with other national cancer advocacy organizations, AACI will collect robust data to support policy statements on the issues that are selected.
The legislation library has the potential to expand over time from two or three model policies to a portfolio with dozens of examples of sample legislation. The goal is that members who use the legislative tools will walk away with solid public policy proposals that stimulate real change.