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    Austin, TX 78714-9347

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Cancer Alliance of Texas

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Mission

The mission of the Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT) is to engage organizations, agencies, institutions and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Texas Cancer Plan.

History

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received funding in 1998 from the Centers for Disease Control to implement the Texas Cancer Plan through its Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. In partnership with the Texas Cancer Council, the DSHS initiated the formation of the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition to facilitate collaboration and communication among a wide range of member agencies working in cancer control.

In 2003, by mutual agreement between the DSHS and the Texas Cancer Council, the Texas Cancer Council assumed active administration of the Coalition.  In 2008, active administration of the Coalition returned to the DSHS. 

The Coalition commemorated its 10th anniversary in 2009 and changed its name to the Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT).  CAT now includes over 59 members representing major cancer control stakeholders in the state.  The DSHS continues to provide support to CAT and plays an integral role in its continued success. Alliance members have been actively engaged in the development and updating of the Texas Cancer Plan, most recently released in 2018, which serves as the blueprint for cancer control activities in Texas. 

Leadership and Executive Committee

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Michael A. Davis, CAT Chair 

Baylor Scott & White Healthcare

Philip Huang, MD, MPHCAT Immediate Past-Chair and CAT Tobacco Control Chair

Austin Public Health

Jennifer Cofer, MPH, CHESCAT Chair-Elect

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Karen TorgesCAT Advisor to the Chair

Community Health Charities

Kelli Becerra, M.Ed., CHES - CAT Member-At-Large

Williamson County and Cities Health District


Rachel Coughlin, MPH – CAT Comp Cancer Representative

Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, DSHS


 

Maria Fernandez, PhD - CAT HPV Vaccination Priority Area Chair

UT Health Science Center Houston, School of Public Health


Lewis E. Foxhall, MD - CAT Colorectal Cancer Screening Priority Area Chair

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


 

Ramona Magid - CAT CPRIT Representative

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Rebekkah Schear, MIA - CAT Survivorship Priority Area Chair

Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Gwen Sims, MEd, RD, LD - CAT Member-At-Large

Harris County Public Health


Melanie Williams, PhD - CAT Texas Cancer Registry Representative

Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, DSHS

Membership

Abby Farias Northeast Texas Public Health District                                                       
Abimbola  Farinde Cornerstone Hospital                                 
Ada Drozd Texas Medical Association                         
Adrianna  Cole The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society    
Aisha Heath Susan G. Komen, Dallas County
Alan  Nyitray University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston                                                           
Alex Hurst University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ali Poonawala Colonoscopy Assist                                    
Allison  Schickel Brobe                                                         
Alyssa Rubin Texas Department of State Health Services 
AmandaEnglish American Cancer Society
Amanda Maedgen  CommUnityCare 
Amanda Williams St. David's North Austin Medical Center 
Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr. P.H. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Andrea Stern  Ferris LUNGevity Foundation                            
Angel Testani, PhD CommUnityCare                                                 
Angie Zuniga CommUnityCare 
Anjali Desai Susan G. Komen, Greater Fort Worth Affiliate                     
Anne Marie Newman University of Texas at Austin
Armin D. Weinberg, PhD Life Beyond Cancer Foundation
Ashley LeMaistre Austin Public Health
Barbara  Garvin  
Barbara C. Pence, PhD, CCRP Texas Tech University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Barbara L. Jones, PhD, MSW University of Texas at Austin
Beth Sanders Moore Cancer Forward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors                   
Billy U. Philips,  Jr., PhD, MPH Texas Tech University
Brian R. Davis, MD, FACS, FASGE Texas Tech University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Brittany  Marshall, Dr The Concilio Business                                
Cam  Scott American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.
Candice Adame Estrada, RN Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Carleigh  Baudoin Texas Department of State Health Services 
Carlton Allen University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
CeciliaChavez American Lung Association 
Cherry Evans The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society    
Christine Carroll, MS, RHIA TMF Health Quality Institute           
Cindy  Shursen University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Courtney Sims American Cancer Society                     
Cynthia Mojica, PhD, MPH University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
DanaBacon The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
Davor Vugrin, MD, FACP Center For Cancer Control                        
Deana M. Gehring, MPH University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston                                       
Deborah Vollmer Dahlke Texas Life Science Foundation
Deborah Scott Native American Health Coalition
Denae King, PhD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Denise Blakney Faces of Survivors                                         
Dimpy Shah University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dorothy   Gibbons The Rose                                                   
Dough Feil National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.                                                             
Eda Baykal-Caglar  CommUnityCare 
Eliza  May Susan G Komen, Austin Affiliate
Ellen L. Trevino Texas Department of State Health Services 
Erica Bednar University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Farya Philips University of Texas at Austin 
Fran Zandstra University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Gabrielle Foytik, MPH Spring Branch Community Health Center
George P. Brozowski  US Environmental Protection Agency 
Georgia  Grant North East Texas Colorectal Cancer Coalition                                          
Georgina Avalos Montes de Oca  University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ginny Thompson Kirklin, MPH, CHES Susan G. Komen, Houston Affiliate 
Glenna Dawson University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston                                                           
Grace Butler, PhD Hope Through Grace, Inc.                         
Greg Parkington American Cancer Society
Greg Talamantez  American Heart Association 
Gretchen Birdwell Texas Health and Human Services Commission 
Guadalupe Palos University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Heather Becker, PhD University of Texas at Austin
Hurst Alex University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jen Currin-McCulloch University of Texas at Austin - School of Social Work
Jennifer Smith, MSHP Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO)
Jo Ann Ward, MPH University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Joel S. Dunnington, MD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Johanna K Kennedy, Ed.D.  
Karel Davis Wichita Falls/Wichita County Public Health District 
Karen Batory Texas Medical Association            
Karen Colbert  Maresso University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Katie Brown LUNGevity Foundation                
Kendall Bergman LIVESTRONG Foundation                
Kendra Woods, PhD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Kenny Kane Testicular Cancer Foundation 
Kim Akel St. David’s HealthCare
Lawrence E. Estaville, PhD Texas State University                                 
Leibel  Harelik Prostate Cancer Resource Center        
Leon Cobbs Superior Health Plan                
Leticia Nogueira Texas Department of State Health Services 
Linc Allen Texas Department of State Health Services 
Lisa Wigfall, PhD  Texas A&M University 
Lori Drew Moncrief Cancer Institute                                                  
Lucas Wong, MD Scott & White Clinic   
Lynn Stewart Travis County Employee Health Clinic 
Lynn Lane Voices of Survivors Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Lynne H. Nguyen, MPH University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH Texas A&M Health Science Center       
Margaret Crump American Nurse Practitioner Foundation                                   
Maria Mejia de Grubb, MD, MPH Baylor College of Medicine     
Mary Lou Pritzlaff The Texas Society of Genetic Counselors                                                  
Matt  Martinek American Cancer Society                         
Matthew  Ferstler Testicular Cancer Foundation                             
Melanie Sanders St. David's Healthcare 
Melanie S. Wilson Cancer Care Services        
Melissa Lopez University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mirchelle Louis Cancer Support Community North Texas
Moises Arjona Jr. MHP Salud                                               
Nancy  Tyler Cancer Services Network                           
Natalie  O’Roark Texas Oncology Foundation, Inc.     
Nelson  Gonzalez Harris Health System 
Nicole Kluz University of Texas at Austin - Dell Medical School 
Nnaemeka  Onyeakusi  Boat People SOS, Inc.                              
Oda Garcia, MD Area Health Education Center
Osalunosse  Ovienmhada University of Texas at Austin
Paige Miller-Gianturco  Texas Department of State Health Services 
Paloma Pearson Baylor Scott & White Health                     
Pamela Jackson, MS Baylor College of Medicine     
Rachel  Wiseman Texas Department of State Health Services 
Rachel  Harris University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Raheem  Paxton University of North Texas Health Science Center                                    
Ramona Magid, MBA Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas 
Ray Anne Evans Breast Cancer Resource Center                                                
Rebecca Zima Texas Department of State Health Services 
Rebecca  Sorensen Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Richard Wood Texas A&M Health Science Center                 
Rick  Meza Texas Department of State Health Services 
Ronnie Lozano, PhD Texas State University                                 
Rosalind S. Bello University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ruben Mesa, MD Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson
Runi Limary Breast Cancer Resource Center 
Samuel D. Towne Jr., PhD, MPH, CPH Texas A&M Health Science Center       
Sarah Seidel Austin Public Health
Sharon Greer Baylor Scott & White Health                     
Shelley Karn University of Texas at Austin
SherlenaBoehm Texas Health and Human Services Commission 
Shuronda  Robinson Adisa Communications                        
Stephanie  Kim University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Stephanie A. Staggs, MHA Texas A&M Health Science Center                                          
Stephanie Taylor Northeast Texas Public Health District                                                       
Steve Amos HealthCode           
Subhasis Misra, MD, MS FACCWS, FACS Texas Tech University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Susan Gaetz  Duarte Casting for Recovery, Inc.
Suzy Lockwood, PhD, RN Texas Christian University                    
Tania J.  Hovel Young Texans Against Cancer                                                       
Terrence Ates Northeast Texas Public Health District                                                       
Tracey Willingham, LMSW Cancer Care Services                               
Trina  Robertson University of Texas at Austin
Trish  Nguyen Boat People SOS, Inc.                   
Van Doan Boat People SOS, Inc.                              
Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI Dia de la Mujer Latina
William  Osai University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Yvonne Carroll Susan G Komen, Austin Affiliate

Join CAT

Are you interested in joining the Cancer Alliance of Texas? Benefits of membership include:

  • Increased awareness of the scope of the problem of cancer in Texas and what national, state, and local organizations and partners are doing to address the problem.
  • Access to an organized networking forum of Texas organizations and partners working to address the state’s cancer burden.
  • The ability to serve on state-level work groups to help implement the Texas Cancer Plan.
  • Increased knowledge of funding and technical resources available to assist in local, and community cancer control planning.
  • A subscription to The CATalog Newsletter, CAT’s biweekly publication featuring news, educational opportunities, resources, and more.
  • Invitations to quarterly meetings you may attend in person or via conference call.

Please fill out an application here and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form to submit electronically.

 

Last updated November 26, 2018