STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN PREVENTION
CMPF is the only foundation, in the U.S., solely committed to teaching skin cancer prevention to children. Over the past decade we have been able to reach well over one million children and thousands of adults with our SunAWARE message. We have not done this alone but rather with the help of other organizations, with missions similar to our own.
We would like to first off recognize our nursing colleagues for their help and support. Dermatology, public health, school, and oncology nurses have all worked with us to spread the word about the importance of skin cancer prevention for children. We want to thank the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) for leading the way by endorsing the SunAWARE acronym in 2007 and our SunAWARE Curriculum in 2016. Together we have raised awareness through community education and joint fundraising efforts.
By presenting at the American Public Health Association conventions and holding regional workshops we have been able to raise awareness and join forces with these nurses to educate in their communities. We have provided local workshops for school and oncology nurses, as well as published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the nursing literature.
For our SunAWARE at Sea Program, we partnered with US SAILING to provide presentations and resources for administrators, instructors, coaches, and children. This year, we will partner with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to provide programs, sunscreen, and messaging to Boston Harbor Island staff, visitors and campers.
Other prevention partners include the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention, Association of Dermatology Administrators/Managers, Boston University’s Department of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Society, South Shore Skin Center; and government agencies including the EPA’s SunWise Program and Montana’s Division of Cancer Control. Foundation partners include the SunAWARE International Foundation, the Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS) Life Support Network, Aim for Melanoma, Melanoma Research Foundation, Melanoma Action Coalition, Glenna Kohl Foundation, and others. We have collaborated with all of these professional and foundation partners to produce resources that are free-of-charge for all. Please check out our website to learn more about our program, resources, partners, and upcoming events. Resources include a K-12 curriculum, infofliers, bookmarks, children’s books, an anti-tanning video, and multiple professional publications.
As you can see we have been able to successfully partner with others to expand our mission to prevent skin cancer. These stakeholders are our partners in prevention and we recognize all of their help in preventing skin cancer one child at a time.