The Baltimore County Cancer Coalition was formed through funding from the Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF). The Coalition members represent cancer support organizations, local cancer centers, County health department staff, and survivors. The Coalition meets six times each year – four meetings are full-membership meetings and two are listed as “work sessions” to address specific committee issues.
The Baltimore County Cancer Coalition has embarked on a “mission to collaborate in order to maximize the appropriate utilization of services for cancer prevention, education, screening, treatment, and support for Baltimore County residents.”
The Cigarette Restitution Fund settlement agreement, signed in November 1998, was part of the resolution of lawsuits filed by 46 states against the tobacco industry. The funding provided through this settlement is intended for tobacco prevention and control. The money provided is currently being used to fund appropriate activities and projects.
The County Coalition hospital partners include:
Franklin Square Hospital Center
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center
Northwest Hospital Center
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
There are also many non-profit organizations that are members of the coalition. Some of them include: American Breast Cancer Foundation; American Cancer Society; American Urological Association Foundation; Associated Black Charities; Cancer Support Foundation, Inc.; Center for a Healthy Maryland; Centro de la Comunidad; Delmarva Foundation; Hadassah of Greater Baltimore; HopeWell Cancer Support; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Pro Bono Counseling Project; Red Devils; Sisters Network – Baltimore Chapter; and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Mu Xi Zeta Chapter.
There are many other partners and members of the Coalition including for-profit businesses, churches, and government agencies as well as survivors who participate.
If you know of any organizations, businesses, etc that would compliment the Baltimore County Cancer Coalition’s efforts to connect with the community, please have them contact Joy Hall at 410-887-3456 or toll free at 1-866-632-6566.
I apologize if I have missed listing a hospital or non-profit partner. There are many and no slight is intended if one is left off the list.
Note: This author, Anna Renault is a survivor member of the Baltimore County Cancer Coalition.
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