MN Lung Cancer Screening Task Force

Task Force Mission Statement: Decrease lung cancer mortality in Minnesota through increased screening.

The Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force is a collaboration of physicians, nurses, screening experts and lung cancer advocacy organizations committed to getting eligible Minnesotans screened annually with low dose CT scans. It all started with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance’s MN Cancer Plan. This group’s work ties directly to objective #4 in the plan: Increase low-dose CT scan screening among persons at high risk for lung cancer.

Every healthcare organization in Minnesota is invited to send up to eight people to the September 27, 2019 meeting in Minneapolis. Drop us an email if you know of a health care advocate that could benefit from attending the September 27, 2019  meeting or to learn more about the task force.

2019 MN Screening Task Force Meeting, 9/27/2019 by invitation.

Meeting hosts, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society MN offer our gratitude to this year’s meeting sponsors: John & Wanda Benjamin.

Meeting Itinerary:

7:00 – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am – Keynote by Dr. Jamie Studts, PI of the Kentucky LEADS Program, on implementing strategies to overcome barriers to screening – barriers of stigma, access, poverty, awareness, etc. – and increase screening.

9:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakout Sessions:

    • Breakout Session 1: Change Management to Identify More Eligible Patients
      • Facilitator/Presenters: Andrew Burgdorf, MD Allina, Sharri Lacher, APRN Sanford,
        Martha Kearns, MD Sanford
    • Breakout Session 2: Program Management, Quality and Metrics
      • Facilitator/Presenters: Abbie Begnaud, MD U of M, Angela Fabbrini, VA Screening Program
    • Breakout Session 3: Evaluation and Management of Nodules and Incidental Findings
      • Facilitator/Presenters: Anuja Sharma, MD Allina, with …TBD

11:00 am – Noon – Panel and Interactive Session

Noon to 1:00 pm – Networking Lunch


Steering Committee: Nancy Torrison, ABOHLF; Matt Flory, ACS; Abbie Begnaud, MD; Andrew Burgdorf, MD; Arek Dudek, MD; Angela Fabbrini; Steve Link, MD; Anne Melzer, MD; Karla Provost.

Additional informaton: Case Study by Sanford Medical Center