The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program is a bipartisan network of spouses of members of the House, Senate, Administration, Supreme Court and the Diplomatic Community who share an interest in advancing cancer prevention, early detection and education.
The initiative began as a partnership between the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a national organization focused on cancer prevention through scientific research and education and the Congressional Club. The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program has an Executive Council and Advisory Board that include over 200 spouses.
Launched in 1991, the program’s initial efforts focused on the areas of breast and prostate cancer. The success of the program’s first five years led to the expansion of its scope to add more preventable cancers: lung, skin, colorectal, cervical, testicular and oral cancer. The program offers spouses and family members (including Members of Congress) talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, speeches, videos and many more program ideas and communication tools to use in their districts and beyond. With these tools, the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program can take a broader healthy living, cancer prevention and early detection message to communities all across America and around the globe.
Below are just a few of the many efforts members have participated in to increase cancer prevent and early detection awareness including:
Nationwide, Congressional Families works toward a collective goal: to help saves lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Our vision is to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!
For more information about the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, please contact Lisa McGovern
Lisa Murray McGovern has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program since 2003. The bipartisan program’s mission is to use the visibility afforded to Congressional, Administration, Supreme Court and Diplomatic spouses to carry the message of cancer prevention to communities and states throughout the country. More than 150 Congressional spouses participate in the program which is part of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Prior to joining Congressional Families, Lisa served as Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs at the General Services Administration from 1995-2001 during the Clinton Administration. In 1995, she was named as an alternate member of the President’s Interagency Council on Women.
From 1984 through 1995, Lisa was on personal staff in the office of Congressman Gerry Studds of Massachusetts and subsequently joined the staff of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee on which Mr. Studds sat and later chaired.
In 1989, Lisa married Jim McGovern of Worcester, Massachusetts. Jim was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996. The McGoverns have a son, Patrick George, and a daughter, Molly Ginette.
Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program
Executive Council 2015
María-Elena Carrión (Democrat, Puerto Rico)
Pamela Dent (Republican, Pennsylvania)
Suzie Dicks (Democrat, Washington)
Representative Debbie Dingell (Democrat, Michigan)
Barbara Grassley (Republican, Iowa)
Marty Hinojosa (Democrat, Texas)
Sarah Hospodor-Pallone (Democrat, New Jersey)
Marcelle Leahy (Democrat, Vermont)
Barbara Long (Republican, Missouri)
Marie Royce (Republican, California)
Alfredia Scott (Democrat, Georgia)
Barbara Morris-Lent, Ex Officio (former Republican Member, New York)
Betty Ann Tanner, Ex Officio (former Democratic Member, Tennessee)
Liaison to Diplomatic Community
Ellen Noghés (Spouse of the U.S. Ambassador from Monaco)
The Honorable Doris Matsui (Democratic Congresswoman from California)
Caroline McMillan (former Republican Member, South Carolina)
Edward T. Allard III
Marcus Bachmann, Ph.D.
Deborah Bonito Begich
Janine Bera, M.D.
Congresswoman Lois Capps
Myrna E. Cardin
Tracey Quillen Carney
Maria Elena Carrión
Emily E. Clyburn
Catherine “Smitty” Connolly
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Shannon R. Davis
Vera G. Davis
Steven Davis, M.D.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Judge Annette Eckert
Lee Ann Edwards
Renee Chenault Fattah
Mary Ann Tinklepaugh Fish
Kathleen A. Fitzpatrick
Brenda M. Fleischmann
Karen Lee Gerlach
Mary Jo Gibson
Maryellen F. Goodlatte
Dr. Sonya Horsford
Mereda Davis Johnson
Lauren Birchfield Kennedy
Wayne Kye, M.D.
Heidi Rohrbach Lance
Marcia Sloan Latta
Barbara Morris Lent
Lino S. Lipinsky
Abby Davidson Maffei
Gayle C. Manchin
Susan Blumenthal Markey, M.D.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Nanette Missig Murphy
Colleen Ochoa Peters
Anne Neal Petri
Betty Price, M.D.
Melinda Ross Rahall
Cindy Hartley Ross
Sarah R. Smith
Betty Ann Tanner
London J. Thompson
Jill Cooper Udall
Maggie Fox Udall
Katherine Van Hollen
Margaret Cheney Welch
Brooke Robinson Yoder