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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: Core competency programs have proven an effective strategy in building surge capacity by creating common knowledge, language, and skills. Mirroring successful projects in disaster preparedness and public health, C-Change implemented a collaborative process with a multi-disciplinary national expert panel and consultants from Columbia University. Drawing upon existing literature, the Expert Panel engaged in a Delphi process to refine the competency statements across the continuum of care - from prevention and early detection to treatment to palliative care and survivorship. Additional revisions were secured through national oncology professional societies. The curriculum to teach and validation tools to test the competencies were developed as was a national dissemination plan.
Results: Research conducted by C-Change and its partners resulted in a national core competency program for the delivery of comprehensive cancer care. Web-based dissemination will accelerate surge capacity within the general health workforce. Key constituents such as state, tribal nation, and territory cancer control coalitions, health associations, professional societies, advocacy organization, and private, public, and non-profit health workforce employers are integral to achieving and sustaining the success of this effort.