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About the Mountain West Cancer Collaborative

The Mountain West Cancer Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a welcoming network created by Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. It connects cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and health professionals from Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Collaborative Objectives

  1. Promote knowledge sharing on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
  2. Offer opportunities to share best practices and evidence-based guidelines through collaborative meetings, webinars, and newsletters.

Benefits of participation in the Collaborative

Participation in the Mountain West Cancer Collaborative offers numerous benefits:

  • Resource sharing: Access to valuable information, tools, and contacts, leading to efficient resource use and cost savings.
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with others who share similar goals and interests to build relationships and collaborate on projects.
  • Unique perspectives: Benefit from the diverse backgrounds and experiences of members, fostering innovative solutions and interventions.
  • Training and education: Learn from experts through quarterly webinars on various topics, including cancer research, clinical trials, and community engagement.
  • Timely updates: Stay informed with the Collaborative Newsletter, featuring the latest cancer-related news, research updates, community spotlights, and ongoing activities.

The Collaborative convenes ad-hoc groups organized by member-identified topics such as cancer screening, comprehensive cancer control, data and health assessment, community health workers, cancer policy, and clinical trials.

Meet Our Facilitator

Allison Foust, a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) with a master’s degree in health administration from Weber State University, brings eight years of experience in guiding community leaders through evidence-based public health strategies.

Raised in rural Nevada, Allison understands the unique challenges of rural communities and is dedicated to building healthier communities through meaningful relationships and community strengths. She currently serves as a programs manager in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at Huntsman Cancer Institute, focusing on capacity building in the Mountain West.

Allison Foust

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the Collaborative?

The Collaborative is open to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and health professionals working and/or living in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, all united by the goal of reducing the cancer burden in these states.

How do I join the Collaborative?

Join our newsletter and indicate which ad hoc group(s) you are interested in joining.

What are the benefits of participating in the Collaborative?

Members gain access to diverse perspectives, shared resources, training and education opportunities, and support from interstate partners, fostering effective solutions to complex issues and offering numerous networking opportunities.

What does Collaborative membership look like?

After joining, you'll receive monthly newsletters with cancer-related news and event updates. Educational webinars are held quarterly, and ad-hoc group meetings are scheduled based on member discussions. You can participate as much as your schedule allows, and the Collaborative’s offerings will evolve to meet the needs of its members. This is just the beginning!

Past Newsletters

March 2024

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

Contact Us

To learn more about the Collaborative, contact Allison Foust at