MN Lung Cancer Screening Task Force

Task Force Mission Statement: Decrease lung cancer mortality in Minnesota through increased screening. View current screening eligibility criteria here.

It all started in 2017 with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance’s MN Cancer Plan and a newly formed partnership between A Breath of Hope, ACS, and ALA, the three organizations that hosted the first meetings. The task force’s work ties directly to objective #4 in the state cancer plan: Increase low-dose CT scan screening among persons at high risk for lung cancer.

Today, 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. More than 28 healthcare organizations send their doctors, nurses, and screening experts to our meetings to share ideas for overcoming patient barriers and program challenges, as well as to celebrate system successes. As a collaborative body of healthcare professionals, we work to improve the number of Minnesotans screened for lung cancer and the quality of our programs for an increased five-year survival rate.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 7 AM-1 PM (SESSIONS RUN 8 AM-12 PM with a networking lunch to follow)


Sessions include:

  • Navigating new USPSTF screening guidelines; AAFP recommendations
  • Sharing successes in overcoming patient and system barriers to screening
  • Women & Lung Cancer: Addressing rising cases among women

Every healthcare organization in Minnesota is invited to send up to six healthcare professionals to the Lung Cancer Screening Task Force meeting on December 3, 2021 at the Westin Galleria Edina. Over 70 healthcare professionals from 28 organizations will gather to identify strategies and collaborate to save lives.

December 2021 Sponsors: Our deepest thanks to the generous sponsors who help make this important meeting for healthcare professionals possible: MN Cancer Alliance and MN Oncology!

Gold Sponsor:
Silver Sponsor:

2021 Steering Committee: Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN; Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina; Angela Fabbrini, Mpls VA Health Care System; Anne Melzer, MD, MS, Mpls VA Health Care System; Anuja Sharma, MD, Allina; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD, Health Partners; Jennifer Dobbs, Essentia Health; Jonathan Hovda, MD, MBA, MN Lung Center; Matt Flory, American Cancer Society; Nancy Torrison, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation; Sandra Japuntich, PhD, Hennepin Healthcare; Teri Kast, AOCNS, retired; and patient representative Curt Anderson.

Additional information: Case Study by Sanford Medical Center