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    Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
    Chronic Disease Prevention Branch MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-6569
    Fax: (512) 776-7254

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About Cancer Alliance of Texas

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To engage organizations, agencies, institutions, and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Texas Cancer Plan.


In 1998, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to implement the state’s cancer control plan through the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. In partnership with the Texas Cancer Council, now known as the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), DSHS initiated the formation of the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition. The Coalition helped cancer control organizations across the state collaborate and communicate with one another.

In 2003, DSHS and the Texas Cancer Council agreed that the Texas Cancer Council actively administer the Coalition. In 2008, DSHS resumed active administration of the Coalition. 

In 2009, the Coalition celebrated its 10th anniversary and changed its name to the Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT). Today, CAT has more than 150 members, representing more than 70 cancer control organizations in Texas, including four National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers, institutions of higher learning, medical facilities, local health departments, government agencies, and community-based organizations.

Members work together to lessen the impact of cancer by focusing on primary prevention, early detection, better treatment, enhanced survivorship, elimination of disparities, and research. 

Leadership and Executive Committee

J Cofer M Davis 

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G Sims 

Jennifer Cofer, MPH, CHES® 

Michael A. Davis, MHA


Gwen Sims, M.Ed., RD, LD

ChairImmediate-past ChairAdvisor to the ChairChair-Elect
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Baylor Scott & White Health Harris County Public Health

Kelli McGuire, M.Ed., CHES®

Karen Torges

Lauren Milius, CHES® 

Ramona Magid, MBA 

Melanie Williams, PhD 

Member-at-LargeMember-at-LargeTexas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program RepresentativeCancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas RepresentativeTexas Cancer Registry Representative
Williamson County and Cities Health DistrictCommunity Health CharitiesTexas Department of State Health ServicesCancer Prevention and Research Institute of TexasTexas Department of State Health Services 

Philip Huang, MD, MPH 

Alex Hurst, MHA 

Lewis E. Foxhall, MD 

Melissa Lopez Varon, MS

Candice Adame Estrada, BSN, RN

Tobacco Control Priority Area Workgroup Co-ChairTobacco Control Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair Screening and Early Detection Priority Area Workgroup Co-ChairScreening and Early Detection Priority Area Workgroup Co-ChairScreening and Early Detection Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair
Dallas County Health and Human ServicesThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterTexas Health and Human Services Commission

Allison Rosen, MS

Rebekkah Schear, MIA

Sharyn Malatok, MPALynne H. Nguyen, MPHKK McCaslin, MPH
Screening and Early Detection Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair
Survivorship Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair 
Survivorship Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair
Disparities Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair Disparities Priority Area Workgroup Co-Chair
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  
The University of Texas at Austin - Dell Medical School
Breast Cancer Resource Center 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Livestrong Foundation

Are you interested in joining CAT?

Membership is open to any individual who commits and contributes to the mission of the Coalition. Those seeking membership should complete and submit a membership application. Membership is approved by an affirmative majority vote of the Executive Committee. There are no term limits for general membership.  

Expectations for active participation include:

  • Participate in regularly scheduled meetings and conference calls.
  • Accept and complete assignments related to priority area workgroups.
  • Frequently share updates about how you and your organization(s) are aligning cancer control activities with the Texas Cancer Plan.

Benefits of membership include: 

  • Increased insight and understanding of the cancer challenges many Texans face.
  • Opportunities to learn about the creative and innovative ways that national, state, and local organizations and partners are taking to solve these challenges.
  • Opportunity to meet and network with diverse individuals and cancer-related institutions and organizations working together to address the state’s cancer burden.
  • Opportunity to partner with other members to implement the Texas Cancer Plan or to collaborate on research and other cancer control projects.
  • Increased awareness of new funding opportunities and useful resources to help you with your cancer control goals.
  • A subscription to The CATalog, the coalition's biweekly publication, featuring news, educational opportunities, resources, and more.
  • Informative and collegial quarterly meetings in beautiful Austin, Texas. Participation via webinar is also an option.

Download a membership application.


Last updated April 9, 2021