The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration hosted its 12th Annual Meeting at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on April 5th. Its program, titled, “Partnerships in Healthcare: Enhancing the Cancer Survivorship Experience” was an opportunity for more than 150 attendees to learn about the positive outcomes of collective impact on cancer survivorship at community, environmental, and individual levels.

NH CCC Board Chair, Robert Gerlach, MPA, opened the Annual Meeting with a comprehensive review of the Collaboration’s progress in achieving its goals as outlined in New Hampshire’s “2015-2020 Comprehensive Cancer Plan”, followed by Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, President & CEO Emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Benz, in his keynote address, illustrated the importance of institutional strategic partnerships in advancing cancer care and research. Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Director for Patient Centered Initiatives & Health Equity at George Washington University, presented new national research results to inform implementation of survivorship care planning. 

Breakout Sessions provided attendees with opportunities to identify local and national resources, and practical strategies to assist health systems in improving survivorship outcomes. Topics addressed included:

  • Optimizing cancer survivor quality of life
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Creative survivorship care planning  and implementation models
  • Environmental concern of arsenic in private well water.

Attendee response to these sessions has resulted in interest to pursue new initiatives in two areas:

  • Quality of life enhancement for cancer survivors (E-mail Janice McDermott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Creation of an exploratory network to identify and implement interventions needed to address arsenic and other environmental-health issues in the state (E-mail Kathrin Lawlor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C shared her insight into what it means to live well after cancer. Reflecting upon her experiences as chief of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as a cancer survivor, Schnipper explored the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of well-being from a professional and a personal perspective.  Evaluations from attendees included comments such as:

  • “The conference validated what we are currently doing for our Survivorship Care Plans and provided ideas and tools for improving our process- as always, energized me!”
  • “I enjoyed the content of the new topics this year. I truly appreciated hearing Hester speak from personal experience what “survivorship” is.” 

Annual Meeting presentations are available on the NH CCC website at

If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee for the 2018 annual meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.