Spring/Summer 2019 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Welcome to the Steering Committee Corner!

This column will provide brief Steering Committee updates such as new reports or projects, coding changes, new data standards, requests for priority area network members for specific workgroups, and other information that NAACCR Steering Committees feel the NAACCR community should be aware of. We hope that this column helps to connect us as we continue to move forward with enhanced cancer surveillance.




Communications Steering Committee (CSC)

Chair: Melanie Williams


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:

  • The Communications Committee has promoted NAACCR Board Nominations, World Cancer Day, and NAACCR member activities.
  • A survey on member social media preferences and was sent out to membership. Results will help guide the NAACCR Communications Plan.


Other News to share with the NAACCR Community:

If you have work to promote or information you would like shared with the NAACCR membership, please don’t hesitate in contacting the Communications Steering Committee Chair at Melanie.Williams@dshs.texas.gov.


Professional Development Steering Committee (PDSC)

Co-Chairs: Mignon Dryden and Stephanie Hill


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:

The Professional Development Steering Committee is looking for new members to join Task Forces or Work Groups for a few of our new educational projects (e.g., Higher Education, Global Initiatives, and Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention).


If you are interested in working with Professional Development on these important projects or would like more information, please contact Mignon Dryden mdryden@crgc-cancer.org


  • NAACCR Talks: Geocoding Instructional Webinar August 21, 2019, 2pm EST
  • NAACCR Talks: Call for Data 1995-2017 Instructional Webinar September 4, 2019, 2pm EST
  • Cancer in World Trade Center Rescue Recovery Workers: Past Findings, Current Research, and the Future September 11, 2019, 2pm EST
  • Calculating Registry-Specific Survival and Prevalence Using the NAACCR CiNA Method Data TBD but anticipated in October 2019

Other News to share with the NAACCR Community:

Please let us know if you are interested in helping with a new Hackathon, possibly in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Conference in Philadelphia!


Research and Data Use Steering Committee (RDUSC)

Co-Chairs: Susan Gershman and Sarah Nash


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:

  • Advocacy Cancer Fact Sheets: NAACCR will distribute ACS CAN state specific and summary fact sheets when reports become available approx… August 2019. RDU will work with Communications Steering Committee to provide guidance regarding how to use the fact sheets to advocate for cancer surveillance.
  • If you have a suggestion for a journal club or surveillance webinar topics, please contact Susan Gershman (gershman@state.ma.us).


  • Next webinar: Cancer in World Trade Center Rescue Recovery Workers: Past Findings, Current Research and the Future scheduled for September 11, 2019, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.


Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee (SRDSC)

Co-Chairs: Lori Koch and Winny Roshala


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:

  • Developed and distributed the NAACCR 2018 Readiness Survey to assess the ability of central registries to receive and process 2018 diagnosis year cases. A summary of the results was shared with the NAACCR Board, all standard setters and distributed to the NAACCR membership
  • The XML Work Group developed and presented a webinar in April on NAACCR XML implementation.
  • Co-chairs are attending meetings of the Mid-Level Tactical Group and presented the NAACCR Board approved Volume II Process Proposal to the group for consideration.




Coding Changes/Updates:


Susan T. Gershman
Massachusetts Cancer Registry



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