Local Cancer Control Efforts Awarded

A team of public health professionals from across Montana has  been awarded the Betty Bohlinger Leadership Award. The team receiving this prestigious award is The Early Detection Implementation Team of the Montana Cancer Control Coalition (MTCCC) and is made up of representatives from state and local public health agencies across the state. Locally, Penny Paul, Community Health Education Specialist with Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD), serves on the Early Detection Team, and she and other team members will receive the award at the MTCCC meeting on May 7, 2014 in Helena.

Usually, this award was presented to an individual; this year is unique, however, as the selection committee chose to recognize a team due to their outstanding prevention efforts. “This is a wonderful group of people to work with,” Paul says. “Everyone is hardworking and passionate about increasing cancer awareness and screening rates to help Montanans live longer, healthier lives.”

The efforts that won the Early Detection Team recognition include implementing tools to inform and motivate people to get screened, educating on the need for screening through culturally competent means, and ensuring that healthcare providers receive ongoing education on screening guidelines. This included the local “Ask Me” About Cancer Campaign.

The Betty Bohlinger Leadership Award is named for the late spouse of former Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger. Mrs. Bohlinger lost her battle with cancer in 2006, and following her passing, the MTCCC created the award to honor those that encourage, inspire, and lead others within the group.

The MTCCC is a group of diverse individuals and organizations from communities throughout Montana who work to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality through collaborative partnerships and ensure the quality of life through prevention, early detection, treatment, research, rehabilitation, and palliation.

For more information on local cancer control efforts, contact Penny Paul at 452-0881 x308 or visit CCHD’s Cancer Control Program.