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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CEO Cancer Gold Standard?
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard ™ was developed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer to assist organizations in reducing the burden of cancer. Organizations that adopt the Gold Standard demonstrate a commitment to improving the health of their employees and their family members by maintaining a culture that fosters healthy lifestyles and provides support when a diagnosis of cancer becomes a reality. In addition, they offer benefits and programs that lower the risk of cancer, detect it earlier, and provide access to high-quality treatment, including clinical trials.
Does a company or an organization need to be a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer in order to become accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard organization?
No, any organization may apply to be accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard organization.
What is the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation Process?
Completed applications may be submitted anytime and will be reviewed at least quarterly. Members of the Accreditation Review Board will review each completed application to determine if the organization has satisfied all requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard and, therefore, should be accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard organization.
What is the CEO Roundtable on Cancer?
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation, comprised of corporate executives from major American companies from diverse industries. The mission of the CEO Roundtable is to work toward the elimination of cancer as a personal disease and as a public health problem. Members of the CEO Roundtable work collaboratively to develop and implement initiatives that reduce the risk of cancer, enable early diagnosis, facilitate better access to best-available treatments, and hasten the discovery of novel and more effective diagnostic tools and anti-cancer therapies.
Is there a checklist that can help an organization quickly assess its current culture and programs against the requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard?
Yes, before deciding to apply for accreditation, it is recommended that an organization complete Are You Ready a brief checklist designed to provide a high-level view of an organization's current state of readiness for meeting the requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard. It can be helpful in identifying those areas where an organization has satisfied the requirements and also in identifying any gaps where changes must be made before applying for accreditation.
Once a company is accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard organization, is it necessary to apply each year to become re-accredited?
Yes, although the form for annual re-accreditation is a simplified application.
In order to become accredited, must an organization meet all of the requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard?
Yes, all requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard must be satisfied before an organization may become accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard organization. There is only one level of accreditation – gold, and that involves meeting each requirement.
What are the main goals of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™?
The Gold Standard addresses cancer in a comprehensive way, beginning with focusing the many opportunities to prevent cancer, moving on to encouraging detecting cancer at the earliest possible stage, when treatment can improve outcomes and finally, ensuring access to high-quality treatment, including cancer clinical trials, when a cancer diagnosis becomes a reality.
What are the major areas of focus of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™?
The Gold Standard focuses on five critical areas, known as the Five Pillars, as follows:
Pillar #1: Prevention
- Tobacco-Free Workplace & Tobacco Cessation Support
- Physical Activity
- Healthy Weight
Pillar #2: Screening
Pillar #3: Cancer Clinical Trials
Pillar #4: Quality Treatment and Survivorship
Pillar #5: Health Education and Health Promotion.
Is there a fee for the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation process?
There are no membership costs or fees of any kind associated with becoming a Gold Standard employer.
Can just part of a University apply for accreditation?
Yes. Individual colleges or schools within a university are welcome to apply for Gold Standard accreditation. Typically leadership at Colleges of Medicine and Schools of Public Health are keenly aware of the impact they can have on health and healthcare costs when they address cancer in their own workplaces. Further, they appreciate that leadership by example has the potential to positively influence the parent University and surrounding community.