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Childhood Cancer Objectives and Strategies

An adolescent cancer patient in a hospital bed.

The Ohio Department of Health is dedicated to increasing awareness of childhood cancer and enhancing support for families impacted by this devastating disease.  

As a partner in Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC), a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Ohio, ODH helped develop the objectives and strategies in the “Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2021-2030.” 

Among them are three new objectives and nine strategies focused on childhood cancer. This addition makes Ohio one of only a handful of states with a plan that specifically addresses pediatric cancer.  

Objective 12

By 2030, implement three or more new programs to better support pediatric cancer families medically and emotionally, as they transition from diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship/palliative care. 

Strategies 

  • Develop and support a childhood cancer webpage or medical portal online that will house diverse resources available to all Ohio families and target underserved populations. 
     
  • Expand the use of the national long term follow up care program, “Passport for Care,” to enhance the tracking of demographics of families receiving survivorship care. 
     
  • Enhance existing Peer-to-Peer Mentor Programs, measuring the number of families utilizing them, and increase the number of referrals within underserved populations. 

Objective 13

By 2030, implement three or more new programs and/or processes that will reduce the financial impact on families of children, teens, and young adults with cancer in Ohio. 

Strategies 

  • Expand awareness of the existing Children with Medical Handicaps  program by ensuring that resources are linguistically and culturally tailored and shared with underserved populations. 
     
  • Assemble and distribute resource folders that will share state assistance and nationwide and local resources with families that are newly diagnosed with pediatric cancer. 
     
  • Create an Ohio Childhood Cancer Collaborative, a diverse community of stakeholders, to share best practices, pain points, and health equity disparities. 

Objective 14

By 2030, hold two or more annual events to increase awareness for pediatric cancer with a greater emphasis on research, clinical trials, and effective treatment options. 

Strategies 

  • Establish an annual childhood cancer campaign in September that will increase awareness of pediatric cancer and its challenges (e.g., effective treatment options, fertility, health equity disparities, and palliative care). 
     
  • Create an educational awareness plan with quarterly scheduled events. 
     
  • Host an annual Ohio Childhood Cancer Summit with prominent speakers sharing data and innovative and supportive resources for those impacted by pediatric cancer.