Health Policy and Advocacy
About the Workgroup
The goal of the Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup is to create environmental and policy changes that reduce the number of new cancer cases and deaths and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.
The Alliance serves as the central voice for cancer prevention and control advocacy in South Carolina. In coordination with our partners and key decision-makers in the state, the Alliance works to ensure that our laws, ordinances, and policies protect our citizens from cancer to the greatest extent possible, and it advocates for access to cancer prevention, screening, and treatment for all citizens of our state.
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State Cancer Plan Objectives
Annually promote and collaborate with the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and other partners in strengthening their advocacy efforts including the increase of the cigarette tax and smoke-free communities.
Annually educate South Carolina State Legislative on the current priorities of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and the burden of cancer in our state.
Annually ensure continued funding and advocate to increase recurring state funding for breast (BCN), cervical (BCN) and colorectal (USC CCCR) cancer screening program.
Ensure equitable insurance coverage through public and private health plans for oral chemotherapy.
Develop a cancer advocacy and policy leadership network of key partner organizations to set and implement annual priorities and strategies.