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:

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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
Chrisann Gray 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 80% in Every Community and New Mexico Cancer Plan goal of 80% of eligible adults screened for colorectal cancer.

For more information, contact
Prajatka Adsul​ at

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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
Janet Quintana-Cook,

New Mexico Cancer Patient Navigation Network

This workgroup is focused on improving access to cancer-related services through expansion of community-based patient navigation services.

For more information on NMCPNN, contact co-chairs Elba L. Saavedra Ferrer at or Sandra E. Arellano at

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Quality of Life Workgroup

The Quality of Life Workgroup aims to improve quality of life throughout the cancer trajectory by addressing the financial, emotional and physical stress associated with a cancer diagnosis.

For more information, contact
Amy Gundelach at

Rural Health Equity Workgroup

This workgroup aims to identify and address the cancer burden of rural and frontier communities in New Mexico through outreach and partnerships among providers and other healthcare stakeholders.

For more information, contact
Isela Garcia at