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The OCCN Executive Team is the governing body of the OCCN and is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of the Oklahoma State Cancer Plan: The OCCN Executive Team is composed of representatives of organizations and independent individuals in Oklahoma concerned with cancer prevention and control.

The OCCN Executive Team is comprised of Chair and Co-Chair along with leads and co-leads of the priority cancer focus groups.

The OCCN Executive Team is responsible for:

  • Providing leadership and policy direction for the OCCN, establishing the process and criteria for determining Plan Implementation priorities from the Oklahoma State Cancer Plan, establishing operational, plan implementation, and ad hoc committees, and communicating statewide priorities and recommendations
  • Establishing the process for updating the Oklahoma State Cancer Plan as changing conditions warrant (e.g., advances in science, shifts in the Oklahoma cancer burden, etc.)
  • Reviewing and approving all standing committee recommendations
  • Reviewing the OCCN membership to identify gaps and ensure recruitment of a diverse and representative membership, including ex officio members
  • Reviewing the bylaws and ensuring the OCCN is in compliance.  

Leadership

Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH
he/him

Senior Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center

Mark Doescher is senior associate director, community outreach and engagement for the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center and lead of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Network. 

Doescher is family physician with more than 25 years of experience.  

His longstanding commitment to improving health equity has led to studies, and direct service outreach projects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, private foundations and state government, resulting in dozens of refereed publications, health policy reports and policy changes at the local, state and federal levels.  

Doescher’s current community-engaged work centers on building partnerships with communities, tribes and healthcare systems throughout Oklahoma to increase receipt of evidence-based cancer screening and treatment services. 


Andrea Rooks, MSHCA, CPS
she/her

Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Control Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention Services

Andrea Rooks is the comprehensive cancer control coordinator for Chronic Disease Prevention Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

In this role, Rooks is responsible for addressing cancer prevention and control with a focus on policy, systems and environmental approaches designed to reduce the incidence and burden of cancer in Oklahoma.

Prior to joining OSDH, Rooks worked for the Cherokee Nation for 16 years with a focus on organizational development and substance abuse prevention programs.

Rooks earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, human resource development from Northeastern State University and a master’s degree in health care administration from Oklahoma State University.

She is also a certified prevention specialist with the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselors Association, and co-lead for the Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Network.

William C. Dooley, MD, FACS

Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Oklahoma

Dr. William Dooley is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.  

Dooley received his medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed surgical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He did his surgical oncology training at the University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins. He developed and directed the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, which became an award-winning model for cancer care.   

Upon arrival in Oklahoma, Dooley worked to improve breast cancer treatment and outreach for under-served and health disparity populations, and transformed the OU Breast Institute into the state’s first breast center to be certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).  

Dooley’s involvement in setting higher standards for cancer care has led to national and international recognitions. He serves on the Commission on Cancer – which sets and monitors national quality standards for cancer care – and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Fellowship of American College of Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons.


Heather Carter, MS

Community Outreach & Engagement Liaison, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center

Heather Carter is the community outreach & engagement liaison for the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center.   

Carter has served in the health and wellness industry for more than 20 years, providing promotion and delivery of health education programs to diverse communities.

Stephanie Pharr, MS, CHES

Community Outreach Coordinator, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center  

Stephanie Pharr is a community outreach coordinator for the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, and lead for the cervical cancer/HPV vaccine workgroup.  

Pharr earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Oklahoma State University in 2021.

She is a community health educator that promotes community engagement through partnerships, advocacy, prevention and screening, and community-based research. 


Cristen Hartman, RN
she/her

Quality Improvement Coordinator, Immunization Services

Cristen Hartman is a quality improvement coordinator for Immunization Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). She has served in this role for the last five years, helping the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program increase the vaccine uptake rates for Oklahoma children and adolescents.  

She is also co-lead for the Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Network cervical cancer/HPV vaccine workgroup.

Prior to joining OSDH, Hartnan worked as a floor nurse in the ER and medical-surgical departments, and as a health careers educator at Metro Technology Centers. 

At this time both the Lead and Co-Lead roles are vacant for colorectal cancer work group.

Angelina Hooper
she/her

Tobacco Control Consultant

Angelia Hooper is a tobacco control consultant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, lead of the lung cancer/smoking cessation workgroup, and assists in policy review for the state’s Certified Healthy Oklahoma program.    

Hooper has dedicated most of her career to providing health and fitness expertise to older adults. She has worked in several retirement communities – including low-income senior housing – providing health and fitness classes.   

Hooper graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Oklahoma State University.


Alexis Burris
she/her

Health Promotion Manager

Alexis Burris is a health promotion manager for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and co-lead for the Lung Cancer/Tobacco Cessation workgroup.  

Prior to joining OSDH, Burris worked for the American Lung Association, where she focused on smoke-free housing in Tulsa County, facilitated the ALA Lung Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group, and served as the state lead for all health promotion programs.

Burris graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Member Title Work Group
Dr. Mark Doescher Chair OCCN
Andrea Rooks Co-Chair I OCCN
Vacant Co-Chair II OCCN
Dr. William Dooley Lead Breast Cancer
Heather Carter Co-Lead Breast Cancer
Stephanie Pharr Lead Cervical Cancer/HPV Vaccine
Cristen Hartman Co-Lead Cervical Cancer/HPV Vaccine
Vacant Lead Colorectal Cancer
Vacant Co-Lead Colorectal Cancer
Angelina Hooper Lead Lung Cancer/Tobacco Cessation
Alexis Burris Co-Lead Lung Cancer/Tobacco Cessation

Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location Agenda Minutes

January 13, 2022

CANCELLED

9:30 - 11:00 AM
Virtual Meeting
   

March 10, 2022

CANCELLED

9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting    
May 12, 2022 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting    
July 14, 2022 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting    
September 08, 2022 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting    
November 10, 2022 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting    

Date Time Location Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
July 08, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
September 09, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Virtual Meeting

Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2021 9:30 - 11:00 AM Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
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