Workgroups are a key mechanism for accomplishing the New Mexico Cancer Council’s goals. Council members are encouraged to participate in at least one of the workgroups that address specific issues related to implementation of the New Mexico Cancer Plan. Membership in workgroups is open to NM Cancer Council members as well as the public. Current workgroups include:

  • Albuquerque Cancer Coalition
    A coalition of cancer support agencies, hospital treatment centers and governmental agencies uniting to inform the community of resources, to educate, to advocate and to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families. For more information, contact Blaire Larson at
  • Colorectal Cancer Workgroup
    This workgroup’s focus is to promote the prevention and control of colorectal cancer in New Mexico, working to reach the goal of 80% of eligible adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. For more information, contact Dorine Conley at
  • Data Workgroup
    The data workgroup will develop and disseminate data on cancer health disparities. 
    This workgroup meets only as needed.
  • Native American Workgroup
    This workgroup will identify the needs of Native American populations to provide guidance to the NM Cancer Council regarding NM Native American cancer issues and how the Cancer Plan’s goal areas may better relate to these issues. For more information, contact Remona Benally at
  • New Mexico Cancer Patient Navigation Network (Access Priority)
    This workgroup is focused on improving access to cancer-related services through expansion of community-based patient navigation services. For more information, contact Elba Saavedra at
  • Palliative Care/Viva la Vida Workgroup
    This workgroup supports efforts to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. For more information, contact Sandra Adondakis at
  • Policy/Advocacy Workgroup
    This workgroup develops and evaluates the process for communication of legislative proposals that support the New Mexico Cancer Plan to all Council members for endorsement. This workgroup also addresses policy/advocacy issues related to the Council’s priorities. For more information, contact Paul Sanchez-Hindi at
  • Public Relations (PR) Workgroup
    The PR workgroup oversees communication and membership goals for the Council.  Tasks include: increasing awareness and utilization of the NM Cancer Plan 2012-2017, promoting the Council as a vehicle through which individuals and organizations collaborate, guiding membership recruitment and retention, creating member orientation and mentorship opportunities, compiling member information and utilizing collateral materials to promote membership benefits. 
    This workgroup meets only as needed.
  • Survivorship Workgroup (Quality of Life Priority)
    A group of individuals and organizations working to raise awareness of Patient Care Plans and Treatment Summaries and promote the use of these plans to the oncology community and among cancer survivors.  The workgroup is currently inactive. We are recruiting workgroup leaders. For more information, contact Renee Volker-Rector at
  • Tobacco Control Workgroup
    This workgroup seeks opportunities to proactively support tobacco control efforts. For more information, contact Willa Ortega at