Advocacy - Be Heard!
The Connecticut Challenge was founded in 2005 to address the lack of resources available to cancer survivors in Connecticut and to help develop resources for cancer survivors to help them live longer, happier and healthier lives.
In 2006, the Connecticut Challenge founded the Connecticut Challenge Survivorship Clinic at the Yale Cancer Center. Since that time, the CT Challenge has expanded its support to survivorship programs throughout Connecticut who are members of the Connecticut Challenge Survivorship Network. Members of the Network include 18 of the state's finest cancer centers and community hospitals.
In 2012, the Connecticut Challenge opened the Center for Survivorship in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Center is the first standalone survivorship program in the country, providing exercise, nutrition, and psychosocial support for cancer survivors (and their friends & family) in addition to incubating research that will improve care for all cancer survivors in the years ahead.
In order for truly comprehensive survivorship programs to be commonplace across Connecticut, we must build awareness of the issues survivors and their familes face, and translate awareness into action.
The Connecticut Challenge encourages survivors to speak out about the issues important to them, to make their lawmakers aware of the needs of survivors, and what action can be taken to help ensure that Survivors get the help they need to maximize their opportunities for long-term health, well-being, and quailty of life.
Tools for Becoming An Effective Advocate
LIVESTRONG has published an excellent Advocacy Primer you can download here.
Congress.org is an online resource with excellent tools to help you become an effective advocate. Topics on their website include: