For his presidential initiative, Dr. Roy Jensen will spearhead the development of a comprehensive, cancer-specific library of model legislation, communication tools, and other resources.
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 resource library 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. Through partnerships with other national cancer advocacy organizations, AACI will collect robust data to support policy statements on a range of issues.
The library has the potential to expand over time from two or three model policies to a portfolio with dozens of resources. The goal is that members who access the tools will walk away with solid public policy proposals, talking points, and educational materials that stimulate real change.