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September 28, 2018

Florida Director Receives National Government Relations Professional of the Year Award

Heather Youmans was recognized as the country’s top government relations professional by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in honor of her exceptional work advocating for cancer-fighting legislation. ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the award each year to a government relations professional who has worked tirelessly to make a significant, lasting impression in cancer-related public policy.

September 27, 2018

Florida Volunteer Awarded Top Award for Excellence in Cancer Advocacy

Maureen Mann was awarded the Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in recognition of her efforts to help make cancer a national priority.  Each year, a lead volunteer who has consistently demonstrated strong leadership while advocating in areas of cancer-related public policy receives this award.

September 12, 2018

Wasserman Schultz, Florida Leaders Participate in Policy Forum on Cancer Costs

More than 75 people attended today’s Florida Policy Forum on the cost of cancer hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  The event, which featured U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, brought together policy experts, patients and leaders from the cancer community to explore possible solutions for making cancer treatment more affordable for patients and survivors.

August 9, 2018

Florida Legislature Failing to Enact Proven Cancer-Fighting Policies

The Florida state legislature is failing to implement evidence-based policies designed to fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Florida earned a “green” rating in only one of nine categories examined in the annual How Do You Measure Up? report. Only two states achieved fewer positive ratings.

February 6, 2018

Public Health Coalition Protests Weakening of Florida Tobacco Prevention Program

Several of the largest public health organizations in the country are united in opposition to a Constitutional Revision Commission proposal that would strip language in the Florida constitution that ensures tobacco settlement money is invested in proven tobacco prevention and cessation strategies developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The coalition includes the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

October 25, 2017

FL Leaders Discuss Access to Cancer Screenings, Treatments

More than 50 people attended today’s Florida Policy Forum on Access to Care hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  The event brought together experts, government officials, patients and leaders from the cancer community to explore the benefits of having broader to cancer screenings and treatment, identify barriers that limit access and discuss ways to better serve at-risk populations.

August 28, 2017

State Cancer Research Leaders Discuss Access to Clinical Trials at Policy Forum

Nearly 100 people attended today’s Florida Policy Forum on Clinical Trials in Jacksonville hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  The event brought together Florida research experts, government officials, patients and leaders from the cancer community to raise awareness about clinical trials in the state and review strategies for recruiting more diverse participants.

May 5, 2017

Budget Proposal Demonstrates Critical Importance of Cancer Screening Program

Florida House and Senate leadership agreed to include $2.2 million in funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in the budget released yesterday.  The program provides lifesaving cancer screenings to medically underserved women between the ages of 50 and 64 whose incomes are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

March 29, 2017

House, Senate Budget Proposals Put Women's Health at Risk

Weeks after cancer advocates rallied at the State Capitol in support of funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the Florida House and Senate failed to include any of the $1.8 million in non-recurring funding that had been included in each of the past two st