The Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (the Society) have recently launched a new online community to help increase communication and collaboration between members of state and regional oncology societies.
The State Society Network is an online community which serves as a place for state society members to share ideas and best practices, and discuss issues facing oncologists in their states. The community will also give members of state societies the opportunity to more easily connect with the State Affiliate Council to share emerging or continuing concerns impacting oncologists and people with cancer.
The State Affiliate Council was established nearly a decade ago as an advisory group to the Society’s Board of Directors on issues related to state and regional affiliates and their members. Currently, there are 46 state or regional oncology groups that take part in ASCO’s State/Regional Affiliate Program, which provides practical information to local oncology societies, including guidance on strengthening their organizations, improving policies and procedures, enhancing educational activities, and providing support for their members. Each state/regional affiliate has a voting representative on the State Affiliate Council.