Task Forces & Committees

The South Dakota Cancer Coalition currently has task forces working on 4 priority areas from the 2015-2020 Cancer State Plan, along with cross cutting committees that meet the needs of the coalition as a whole. Coalition members are encouraged to join and be active in one or more of the groups.

Frequently Asked Questions about Task Forces and Cross Cutting Committees

What’s the difference between a task force and a cross cutting committee?

Task forces work to implement objectives within one particular priority area of the SD Comprehensive Cancer Control State Plan and are reassessed by the coalition annually. Cross cutting committees meet the needs of the coalition as a whole and only meet as needs arise within the task forces.

How do I decide which task force and/or committee I should participate on?

We encourage you to take a closer look at each task force and committee and find one that most interests you. You are welcome to participate on more than one task force/committee if there are several that spark your interest.

How do task forces and committees work throughout the year?

Task forces meet via conference call once a month, and once in-person at the Cancer Coalition Fall Meeting. Cross cutting committees meet via conference call on an ad hoc basis, approximately 4-6 times a year.

Is it mandatory to be on a task force or a committee?

Although we encourage all members to become involved in a task force or committee, it is not mandatory.

2016-2017 Task Forces:

Priority 4: Reduce ultraviolet radiation exposure – Chaired by Sandra Melstad

The UV Task Force is working throughout 2017 to increase awareness of the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation exposure in hopes of reducing the burden of skin cancer in South Dakota. The Task Force will accomplish this goal by releasing an RFA to assist worksites interested in implementing a worksite UV protection policy, partnering with day-care settings to integrate sun safety policies and training, and developing and disseminating sun safety posters.

Priority 6: Increase HPV vaccination rates – Chaired by Sarah Quail & Lexi Pugsley

The HPV Task Force aims to increase vaccination rates among males and females ages 13-17 in South Dakota. The Task Force is releasing an RFA to increase the number of health systems implementing evidence-based interventions such as client reminder and recall systems, provider assessment and feedback, and provider reminders. The Task Force will also develop and promote HPV publications, promote a Best Practice document promoting adolescent vaccination, and award an HPV vaccination champion at the 2017 Immunization Conference.

Priority 7: Increase risk-appropriate screening for breast cancer – Chaired by Sarah Quail

The Breast Cancer Task Force will continue progress made in 2016 by disseminating the assets created which focus on risk-appropriate breast cancer screening to providers across the state. The Task Force will focus in on areas that have been identifed as being high priority in South Dakota due to low screening rates and the greatest need for increased education. They will also work with mobile mammography units to ensure women are aware of the services being offered prior to the bus visiting their community.

Priority 9: Increase risk-appropriate screening for colorectal cancer – Chaired by Jill Ireland

The Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Task Force is working toward the overarching goal of 80% of eligible South Dakota adults screened by 2018. In order to move closer to that goal, the Task Force is hosting Flu FIT webinars, recognizing screening success through Champion of the Year and Partner of the Year awards, partnering with the Immunization Coalition to provide Flu FIT education at the 2017 conference, and disseminating CRC best practices.

Cross Cutting Committees:

Data, Surveillance and Evaluation – Co-chaired by Ashley Miller, Kay Dosch, and Sandra Melstad

Policy, System and Environment Change – Chaired by Jill Ireland

Coalition Membership and Communication – Chaired by Sarah Quail