Fall 2020 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: Antoinette M. Stroup


News to share with the NAACCR Community:
  • How often do you read the NAACCR Narrative? Do you think the NAACCR Narrative is too long or too short? How useful do you find the articles? Is there anything more you would like to see published in the Narrative? These and other questions are a part of the NAACCR Narrative Survey . The Communications Steering Committee is seeking important feedback from the NAACCR community about how we can improve the Narrative. The Survey is brief and should take no more than 2-3 minutes to complete.
  • Interested in volunteering to help improve the NAACCR Narrative or work on other communications activities? Do you have a special talent for writing or have a strong social media presence? Are you an influencer? The Communications Steering Committee could use your help. Complete the NAACCR Narrative Survey and submit your name and email at the end of the survey. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Communications Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the SMP Survey and provided feedback about how NAACCR can improve communications over the next five years. We have received all the feedback about communications and will be working with the SMP Workgroup to update our Goals and Objectives for the next SMP.

Professional Development Steering Committee (PDSC)

Co-Chairs: Carrie Bateman and Andrea Sipin-Baliwas


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:
  • SMP Workgroup recommendations and survey results were discussed with a focus on incorporating the following “other” SC priorities the next 6 months:
    • Collaboration with other steering committees
    • IT/informatics training needs of registry staff
  • A committee member was identified to lead the Salary Survey efforts – survey draft in progress


  • Seeking someone to chair the Standardizing FLccSC Citations working group


Other News:
  • We welcome anyone interested in working with Professional Development to achieve these goals or would like more information on committee activities to please contact Andrea Sipin-Baliwas (asipin@usc.edu) or Carrie Bateman (carrie.bateman@hsc.utah.edu).

Research and Data Use Steering Committee (RDUSC)

Co-Chairs: Sarah Nash and Jeff Dowden


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:
  • RDU is working with other NAACCR Committees regarding the 2020 Census Differential Privacy Procedures to educate about how critical this issue is as well as reach out to other agencies for potential collaboration.
  • Articles for Journal of Registry Management Special Issue are under review.
  • Two completeness initiatives are continuing: 1. improvements to a statistical tool that would be standard for both NAACCR and SEER; 2. reviewing a variety of metrics that could be useful data quality assessments for registries.
  • Call for Data due Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • New Task Force: ICD-10 Coordination would identify the appropriate list for everyone to use when verifying ICD-10 codes


  • Focus on Survival will be on 10/7/2020
  • Social Determinants will be on 10/21 and 10/28/2020
  • Advanced Data Collection 11/11/2020

Check the following for updates: https://education.naaccr.org/upcomingevents

Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee (SRDSC)

Co-Chairs: Lori Koch and Wendy Aldinger


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:
  • Data Standards and Data Dictionary Restructure Committee has been established to develop a more user-friendly version of the Data Dictionary. Isaac Hands will chair.
  • COVID Statement was prepared by the Cancer Informatics Advisory group and it will be shared with the Board.


Recent Reports/Publications:
  • 2021 Implementation Guide was reviewed and approved by the steering committee it was posted in August.
  • 2018 Readiness Survey Report, V3 has been prepared and is being reviewed by the committee. It will be posted by the end of September.

Strategic Alliances

Chair: Randi Rycroft


Committee Highlights since last Narrative:

The Strategic Alliances Steering Committee met on September 30th to develop our goals and objectives for the 2021-2025 Strategic Management Plan. We are continuing our conversations leadership at the College of American Pathologists and are still finding areas for collaboration and coordination of efforts as we learn more from each other about how our organizations contribute to cancer surveillance.


Susan T. Gershman
Massachusetts Cancer Registry




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