United Health Foundation provided a $500,000 grant to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) to develop a coordinated strategy to improve cancer care and outcomes for the people of Louisiana that has evolved into Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is currently providing leadership support. LDH and LCRC, are nearing the end of the current grant period and will be transferring the Taking Aim at Cancer initiative into a 501(c)(3) corporation that is being formed by the Louisiana State University Healthcare Foundation. This will allow the initiative to grow as a collaboration among various payers, service providers, and stakeholders and allow for unified, statewide efforts.

Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana (TACL) has an Executive Committee with representation from leaders across multiple healthcare organizations and other sectors in the state. These include:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Humana
  • LCMC Health
  • Louisiana Department of Health
  • Louisiana Medicaid MCO Association
  • LSU School of Medicine
  • Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Ochsner Health System
  • Patient Advocate/Cancer Survivor
  • Peoples Health
  • Teche Action Clinics/Louisiana Primary Care Association
  • Tulane School of Medicine
  • Turner Industries
  • United Healthcare

The Executive Committee provides governance and oversight to three working committees: Clinical (Breast and CRC Workgroups), Data and Community Engagement Committees:

  • Clinical: Establish standards of care and policy recommendations associated with interventions that are aligned with evidence-based practices and guidelines. (Breast and Colorectal Cancer Workgroups)
  • Data:Collect and analyze data in collaboration with regional, state and national partners to aid decision-making, inform policy-making, and monitor the progress of the initiative.
  • Community Engagement:Provide population health intervention and policy recommendations and promote strategies to engage groups and partners across the state at regional and local levels. 

Guiding Principles

Fact-based & Transparent Dialogue: Committee members will engage in fact-based and hypothesis-driven dialogue, and operate in a transparent manner by sharing key decisions with the committee and stakeholders.

Broad-based Decision Making: The Committee will strive for consensus wherever possible; in the absence of complete agreement, decision-making authority will reside with the Committee co-chairs.

Coordination & Alignment: Committee activities and decisions will be coordinated and aligned with other cancer initiatives in Louisiana.