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Trotter Named Co-Chair of Illinois Cancer Partnership

Shaan Trotter, MSc, Administrative Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Office of Equity and Minority Health (OEMH) was named Co-Chair of the Illinois Cancer Partnership (ICP) at the ICP Biannual Meeting in Chicago on April 24.

Trotter will co-lead the ICP together with Shannon Lightner, Senior Director of State Health Systems for the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division. Lightner is succeeding ICP outgoing chair Jennifer Badiu, Administrative Director of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute.

In his role as Administrative Director of the OEMH, Trotter works closely with Associate Director, Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH, to provide the leadership for and coordinate the Lurie Cancer Center’s efforts to address the unique cancer issues of minority and medically underserved populations. A major task of the OEMH is to assemble evidence and advise on the most appropriate and promising strategies for reducing cancer health disparities.

In 2013, the ICP streamlined its initiatives to focus on statewide colorectal cancer screening, focusing its efforts on public education, as well as physician and facility engagement. Trotter served as Co-Chair of the ICP public education initiatives, which included a series of webinars and presentations by David Baker, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern Medicine, and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center.

A statewide, collaborative organization with a mission to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer in Illinois, the ICP works in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop and prepare the Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The ICP relies on the involvement of a broad range of citizens, including individuals, informal groups, and corporate entities, to accomplish the programs goals and objectives, and to implement its strategies within the communities where people live, work and play.