Welcome to C-Change Cancer Core Competency Initiative
The impetus for the C-Change Cancer Core Competency Initiative is based upon current projections that the demand for cancer care services by the aging and increasingly diverse population will be out stripped by the supply of health professionals able to care for people at risk for or living with cancer. Being careful not to duplicate the efforts of the oncology professional organizations, C-Change identified the opportunity to strengthen the cancer knowledge and skills of the non-oncology health workforce as another means to improve the quality of cancer care.
C-Change, a Washington, DC-based 501 (c)(3) (not-for-profit) organization was well positioned to tackle this cancer workforce issue due to the very nature of its composition, drawing members from public, private, and not-for-profit organizations concerned with cancer issues across the continuum of research, practice, and policy. The mission of C-Change is to leverage the expertise and resources of its membership to eliminate cancer as a public health problem at the earliest possible time.
This website provides insight into the workforce crisis and presents a web-based toolkit outlining a step-by-step approach to a competency-based approach to program development. The rigorously tested standards and tools were found to be applicable in beginning and continuing education, with any health discipline, and across the continuum of cancer care and were proved to be flexible and useful. The toolkit addresses both the strategic and practical aspects of the program development process and provides users with readily available resources and includes case studies and templates.
We invite you to put these tools into action today. With a healthy workforce,achievement of national goals to improve cancer research, prevention, care and survivorship will be possible.