High Plains Division Volunteer Leadership Update - September 2010

High Plains Division
Volunteer Leadership Update

A monthly report from the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division CEO

This is the September 2010 issue of the newsletter for High Plains Division Board of Directors members and Division leadership volunteers. It features monthly updates on items that affect the American Cancer Society. You will receive future issues at the beginning of each month. We hope that you find it informative, and would appreciate your feedback!

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Healthy Living Newsletter
This month's Healthy Living newsletter includes:
  • A Guide to Fitness Tech
  • Tips on Controlling Your Cholesterol
  • An Introduction to the New Cancer.org
  • The Latest Information on Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Questions to Ask at Your Next OBGYN Visit

English: http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/wpsPDFs/HealthyLiving/HL_Sept10.pdf

Spanish: http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/wpsPDFs/HealthyLiving/HL_Sept10-Sp.pdf

San Antonio Adopts Smoke-Free Ordinance

The San Antonio, Texas, City Council has adopted a rule banning smoking in workplaces, making the city the latest of a long list of communities across Texas to adopt comprehensive smoke-free laws. San Antonio is being celebrated as the last of the state’s big cities to go smoke-free.

The new ordinance, which goes in effect August 19, 2011, will close exemptions that currently allow smoking in bars, bingo and pool halls, and restaurants that have enclosed smoking areas.

The American Cancer Society High Plains Division and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) played an integral role in securing passage of the ordinance. Both organizations have been working for years to build support in Texas for a statewide smoke-free law. With all of the state’s big cities now smoke-free – including Houston , Dallas , El Paso, and Austin – the Society and ACS CAN, along with coalition partners, are poised to ramp up a statewide smoke-free campaign when the Texas legislature starts its 2011 session.

The smoke-free trend has accelerated in recent years. Currently, more than 3,000 municipalities across the country have local laws in effect that restrict where smoking is permitted. Recently, Wisconsin became the 22nd state, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to implement a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law which requires 100 percent smoke-free non-hospitality workplaces, bars and restaurants. Two additional states, Michigan and Kansas, passed similar laws that also went into effect earlier this year. Combined, this represents nearly 79 percent of the U.S. population.

Strong smoke-free laws that include all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, are the only effective way to protect all workers and the public from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Smoke-free workplaces and public places also make it easier for smokers to quit and discourage kids from picking up this deadly habit.

Outstanding Service Recognized

The Look Good...Feel Better Sunrise Awards for Outstanding Service are presented to those volunteers who have displayed exceptional dedication and outstanding volunteer leadership to the Look Good...Feel Better program in the following three categories: PBA/NCA Certified Volunteer (an PBA/NCA member cosmetologist); LGFB Certified Volunteer (a non-PBA/NCA member cosmetologist); and LGFB General Volunteer. One award per state within the High Plains Division was allowed to be awarded for each category.

The High Plains Division is excited to announce the 2010 Sunrise Award Nominees and Recipients!

PBA/NCA-LGFB Certified Volunteer:
Hawaii: Recipient: Caroline Johnston (staff: Anna Mayeda)

LGFB Certified Volunteer:
Hawaii: Recipient: Sharon Asato (staff: Beau Lani Barker)
Missouri: Recipient: Soonok Mayhew (staff: Brian Llewellyn)
Nebraska Recipient: Marie Nordboe (staff: Leah Margolis)
Oklahoma: Recipient: Cyndi Dixon (staff: Celsey Ross)
Texas: Recipient: Alice Buentello (staff: Patti Ramos)
Nominee: Tracy Gomez (staff: Patti Ramos)

Congratulations to all our LGFB Sunrise Award Nominees and Recipients!

Cattle Baron's Ball of Southwest Missouri Tremendous Success
First launched in Texas in the 1970’s, the Cattle Baron’s Ball brings a fresh twist to the charitable gala circuit. It is a proven, successful national model that has spread across the country. This event brings together donors from all walks of life to kick up their heels in support of the American Cancer Society.

The Cattle Baron’s Ball offers a unique experience to all attendees. This history-making, volunteer driven event is supported by the area’s top companies and individuals. Guests of the Cattle Baron’s Ball enjoy a unique, western-style event held at the Darr Agricultural Center with special attractions including:
* Live country western headline entertainment
* Gourmet cuisine
* Vegas style gaming
* One of a kind live & silent auction and bull auction
* Midway Games (Mechanical Bull, Rodeo Roping, Wine Bottle Ring Toss, etc.)
* The opportunity to honor & remember those who have battled cancer
This event raised $670,000 for the fight against cancer - that's a $120,000 increase over 2009! Congratulations to 2010 Cattle Baron's Ball Chairs David and Karen Martin, and to all the amazing volunteers who made this happen.

Landmark Women’s Health Law Celebrates 20 Years of Saving Lives
This summer, cancer advocates marked an historic milestone in the prevention and early detection of two of the deadliest cancers for women: the 20th anniversary of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), which provides access to lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment for millions of low-income and uninsured women.

The program, which is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has provided more than 8 million screening exams to more than 3 million women and detected more than 37,000 cases of breast cancer. Despite the program’s success, it is only able to serve fewer than one in five eligible women at current funding levels.

Since its establishment on July 27, 1990, the NBCCEDP has been implemented in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and 13 American Indian/Alaska Native organizations. The program offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 500,000 women every year, targeting racial and ethnic minorities, who tend to have lower screening rates for these cancers. ACS CAN and its grassroots advocates are working to boost both federal and state funding that supports the NBCCEDP.

In 2007, President Bush signed the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act, which set a funding target of $275 million annually for five years. But Congress approved only $205 million for the program in fiscal year 2009 and $215 million in fiscal year 2010. ACS CAN is asking Congress to increase funding to $255 million for next year.

ACS CAN also released a report today titled Decades of Detection: Progress and Challenges of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program. The report highlights stories of women successfully served by the NBCCEDP and discusses the need for adequate funding of this important program. To view a copy of the report, visit http://acscan.org/pdf/breastcancer/dod-report.pdf.

For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

See How Your State Legislature Measures Up on Cancer-Related Issues
ACS CAN’s annual report, How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, was published in August, evaluating each state’s legislative activity on six issues key to winning the fight against cancer. The report details state efforts around health care coverage, prevention and quality of life, and measures state policies (as a result of a legislative vote or a ballot initiative) on six specific issues: breast and cervical cancer early detection program funding; access to care for the uninsured; colorectal screening coverage laws; smoke-free laws; funding for tobacco prevention programs; and tobacco taxes. A color-coded system is used to identify how well a state is doing. Green represents the benchmark position with well-balanced policies and good practices; yellow indicates moderate movement toward the benchmark and red shows where states are falling short.

In addition to the specific areas that were rated, the report also examines how states are measuring up on issues such as the affordability of health coverage on the individual market or through Medicaid for low-income populations, state efforts on pain management, and investments in nutrition and physical activity promotion.

Michael P. Dany | Chief Executive Officer | High Plains Division
2433-A Ridgepoint Drive, Austin, TX 78754 | cancer.org
512.919.1836 | fax: 512.919.1844


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