The American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) was founded in 1947 as the Cancer Coordinators, an association of cancer educators from US medical and dental schools that met annually to discuss problems and methods of mutual interest.
Mission: To promote accurate, effective, and focused cancer education by those responsible for the education of health professionals, patients, families, caregivers, survivors and the public. The Association serves as a forum for the advocacy, scientific investigation, development, evaluation, reporting and dissemination of information relevant to this mission.
Vision: Elimination of the burden of suffering from cancer in the world through education.
Core Values: Accuracy of message, effective interchange of knowledge, rigorous evaluation methods, cultural sensitivity, respect for audience, professional development, and mentorship.
Approach: Development, validation and dissemination of innovative educational methodologies.
Goal: Develop a community of cancer educators.
The Association provides a forum for health-related professionals concerned with the study and improvement of cancer education at the undergraduate, graduate, continuing professional, and paraprofessional levels. Active members include physicians, dentists, nurses, health educators, social workers, occupational therapists, and other professionals interested in cancer education. Cancer education efforts are related to prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.
Other interests of the Association include educational programs for the general public, for populations at special risk, and for cancer patients. Such efforts involve developing and evaluating new educational strategies and methods, including the examination of objectives, courses, and evaluation instruments; expanding public education; fostering international cooperative efforts in cancer education; and furthering education in cancer prevention.
AACE Core Activities / Committees
AACE has 8 standing committees that manage our core and support activities:
Annual Meeting: Maintains oversight for all activities related to the Annual Meeting including the local arrangements, in collaboration with any organization partnered with the Association to host the meeting. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
Electronic Media: Manages the Association’s website and any other electronic information services. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
Journal of Cancer Education: Oversees all official publications of the Association, including the Journal of Cancer Education. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
Membership: Maintains a roster of all members of the Association, recruits new members, and considers all completed applications for membership. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
AACE Support Activities / Committees
Advisory: Includes the last five past Presidents. Advises the Executive Council, functions as the Nominating and Resolutions Committees, and nominates the Margaret Hay Edwards Award recipient. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
Bylaws: Initiates and receives proposed changes in the Bylaws from members; interprets the existing Bylaws. The Chair serves as the parliamentarian at the Annual Meeting and the meetings of the Executive Council. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members
Development: Manages all development, fundraising, liaison and Special Interest Group activities for the Association. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
Marketing: Manages all communications and marketing for the Association, including outreach to other organizations interested in cancer education through our Liaisons. Read more about this committee, its terms of reference, chair and members.
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