January 2016, Ms. Johnson became the acting chair of the coalition until a new chair could be voted upon by members of the coalition. She is nationally recognized for her advocacy work in prostate cancer and men’s health for more than two decades. Her network of prostate cancer advocates expanded significantly in 2004 with the creation of a strategic plan to bring all stakeholders together for the passage of a state law to insure coverage of prostate cancer screening when a patient and healthcare provider deemed the screening to be medically necessary. February 2016, the coalition secured administrative assistance for all support group leaders in the state as well as the newly formed advisory council of all stakeholders. Ms. Johnson plans to expand the women’s initiative on prostate cancer project along with the proclamation campaigns, joint coalition partner projects (ex. MPower Prostate Cancer Registry at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center) and advocacy needs identified by the new advisory council.
In the coming years and thru the work of the newly formed advisory council, Ms. Johnson envisions the WSPCC will be the centralized location for all communication concerning:
1) Washington state’s prostate cancer research
2) Current list of healthcare provider specializing in prostate cancer
3) Survivorship and thrivorship resources
4) Outreach activities to raise awareness
5) Advocacy efforts to preserve access to clinical trials, diagnostic tools, treatment options
Washington state is home to nationally and internationally recognized research efforts, healthcare providers, organizations and prostate cancer survivor advocates. The state consists of employers with local, regional and national reputations for their employee wellness programs.
Together we will improve and save the lives of men in our state through collaborative communication, advocacy and action!