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    Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
    Chronic Disease Prevention Branch MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-6569
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Cancer Alliance of Texas


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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.


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, now known as the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), 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 100 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

Dallas County Health & Human Services

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

Lauren Milius – 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


Lynne Nguyen, MPHCAT Disparities 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

VacantCAT Research Priority Area Chair

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 August 13, 2019