Our vision is for all Iowans to have access to high-quality, coordinated cancer care no matter where they live, and for all cancer care providers in Iowa to have access to the resources and support they need to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated cancer care.
Our mission is to optimize outcomes for rural Iowans across the cancer control spectrum from prevention and screening through treatment and survivorship.
The Iowa Rural Cancer Collaboratory was formed by clinicians and researchers with the following shared goals to:
- Better understand the challenges and needs of health care professions providing cancer-related care to rural populations.
- Extend resources to rural providers/hospitals throughout Iowa.
- Facilitate the spread of best practices between rural hospitals.
- Engage rural providers/hospitals in research designed to address the challenges of providing rural cancer care.
The Power of Data
The Iowa Rural Collaboratory works closely with the statewide Iowa Cancer Registry, which captures data on all cancers diagnosed in Iowa. Aggregate data can be shared back with hospitals to help with planning, benchmarking, and quality improvement efforts. In addition, data collected through research studies can be used to develop innovative approaches tailored to the needs of rural health care settings.