New steering committees plan to put priorities
NAACCR President Maureen MacIntyre and NAACCR Executive
Director Betsy Kohler share a light-hearted moment during the recent
Board/Steering Committee Chairs meeting in January. The meeting was a pivotal
moment in guiding Board members and Chairs through the restructure process and
new committee model.
setting the stage for change for the 25-year+ strong organization, NAACCR Board
members and Steering Committee Chairs recently gathered around one table to
share strategies for action (see photos here).
Strategic Management Plan in place, we are now shifting our focus to putting
these member-guided initiatives into play and realigning ourselves to support these
activities,” said Maureen MacIntyre, NAACCR president, after the January
meeting. “We want to remain a vibrant, fresh organization and use our most
important resources – our members – as wisely and effectively as we can.”
Executive Director Betsy Kohler said the establishment of the new Steering
Committee structure provides the perfect opportunity to revitalize and support
the work committee members have already achieved.
major achievements have been due to the efforts of our volunteer members,” said
Kohler. “We are excited about taking advantage of emerging opportunities that
will advance cancer surveillance.”
To explain how
the new committee structure fits into NAACCR’s new matrix model, Representative-At-Large
Board member and Strategic Management Planning Implementation Work Group Chair Nan
Stroup guided Board members and Chairs through the restructure process and new
“Our goal for
the committee structure was to strengthen NAACCR’s ability to address the goals
and objectives of the Strategic Management Plan,” said Stroup. “The SMP was
designed to be a living document with the flexibility to adapt to a changing
environment, so we can pursue strategic alliances, enhance communication or
initiate new policy as needed.”
approach differs from the traditional functional system in that it employs a
multidisciplinary philosophy to engage people and uses a more fluid and agile
traditional structure is task-oriented and people tend to work in silos,” said
Stroup. “The matrix structure is project-driven and combines function and
product with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. NAACCR excels in the
area of collaboration and with the new committees forming, I can’t wait to see what
our members can accomplish.”
To support the
Steering Committees, NAACCR staff will continue to provide a key communication
link between the Steering Committees and the NAACCR office.
“We want the
Steering Committees to focus on the work that needs to be done and have staff
provide the right support in a timely manner,” said Kohler, adding NAACCR staff
will manage the day-to-day operations of the Steering Committees, provide
professional expertise and help keep everyone on track.
NAACCR has also
established Priority Area Networks (PAN) to build communities of practice and
increase knowledge transfer. MacIntyre
encourages members to get involved and sign up with one or more of the PANs.
“The PANs will
become a fantastic resource for members as well as Steering Committees,” said
MacInytre. “These are the members that will be serving on committees, work
groups and task forces and providing the expertise we rely on to review our
documents, fuel our initiatives and continue providing quality information in
the field of cancer registration.”
Steering Committee Chairs and Goals
five Priority Areas. Each area has a Steering Committee and, in partnership
with the Board, the Steering Committee will lead the overall planning,
implementation and monitoring of activities related to that area.
The Steering Committees
are in the process of forming and members are being appointed. To indicate your
interest in a particular priority area, please sign up for a Priority Area
Network in the Profile section of your MyNAACCR account. Once you are in the
Profile section, simply go to the Edit Account tab and scroll to the bottom to
choose one or several Networks.
Strengthen relationships with Sponsoring Member Organizations and existing
partners, while establishing new alliances with key organizations to promote
the NAACCR mission.
years NAACCR has been a very effective organization and one of the keys to that
success has been the strong productive relationship with our Sponsoring Members
Organizations,” said Thomas Tucker, Strategic Alliances Steering Committee
Chair, (Kentucky Cancer Registry). “The Steering Committee is eager to build on
these relationships and create lasting partnerships that address the issues
faced by central cancer registries.”
Standardization and Registry Development
Prepare for the cancer surveillance system of the future – a system that is
more timely and adaptable to change.
Provide consensus standards and best practices for the collection and
processing of cancer and patient information.
Facilitate sharing of technical resources and tools among NAACCR member
committee covers a wide range of interconnected NAACCR activities,” said Dave
Stinchcomb, Standardization & Registry Development Steering Committee
Chair, (Westat). “Initial discussions have revealed exciting ways to work
across the different disciplines represented by the previous committee
structure which will ultimately improve our ability to move things forward
quickly and efficiently.”
Research and Data Use
Develop efficient, centralized processes to improve access to North American
population-based cancer registry data for cancer linkages, research, and surveillance.
Goal 2: Increase the value and relevance of central
cancer registries to the cancer control community, clinicians, researchers and
“We are grateful to have some of the best minds in the
organization as part of our Steering Committee, and we are awed by the nearly
100 members who have volunteered for our Priority Area Network. We look forward
to helping accelerate the use of NAACCR data both within and beyond the
organization,” said Frank Boscoe, (New York State Cancer Registry), who
co-chairs the Research and Data Use Steering Committee with Hannah Weir (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention).
Communications and Policy Development
Goal 1: Serve as the voice for NAACCR members on key
issues involving central cancer registries.
Goal 2: Promote the sharing of expertise, knowledge, procedures, and best
practices among NAACCR members to ensure efficiency and reduce redundancy of
"NAACCR members are the experts in the field of
cancer registration and this combined knowledge gives the organization a truly
unique and powerful voice. With our new mandate, Communications is keen on
tapping into this expertise more fully and disseminating the news and views of
NAACCR members internally and externally," said Roberta Koscielny, Communications
Steering Committee Chair, (Manitoba Cancer Registry).
Communications Steering Committee
Brainstorming strategies to enhance communication within
the NAACCR membership poolside were Communications Steering Committee members
Susan Gershman, Charlie Blackburn, Josh Whitley and Kim Vriends. Chair Roberta
Koscielny took the photo!
Goal 1: Partner with other professional organizations to
address recruitment and retention issues and delineate NAACCR’s role in the
national retention and recruitment effort.
Goal 2: Develop a comprehensive multidisciplinary
training program that provides cross-training and leadership skills to ensure
that professional personnel in NAACCR member organizations possess the
requisite skill sets required to excel in the rapidly changing cancer
"NAACCR faces two big challenges in the future. First, many of the NAACCR members we look to
for leadership will be retiring. Second, cancer registration is in a state of
constant change requiring new skills and knowledge. Professional Development
seeks to grow new leaders and bolster current leaders in the NAACCR community
and to meet the educational needs of cancer registry personnel to meet the
challenges of this ever changing field. We need the NAACCR membership to
provide us with feedback on educational needs and to provide that
"push" to their colleagues who possess the leadership potential, but
need a little help to take that leap," said Deirdre Rogers, Professional
Development Steering Committee Chair, (Mississippi Cancer Registry).