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The SJCARES Policies tool set aims to collaboratively bridge evidence-to-policy and policy-to-action gaps at a regional, national and global level. These tools foster collaboration among policy designers, implementers, researchers and advocates.


Public policies shape national priorities, funding and incentives that impact health. Unfortunately, the vital context and content of policies are often not accessible to decision-makers and advocates. As part of SJCARES Policies, the Health Systems Unit has developed tools with collaborators to support comprehensive national cancer control planning, acknowledging the broader national health policy context.


SJCARES Policies is designed to appraise the health policy environment to scale up childhood cancer control through evidence-informed policy interventions  and optimize national health and cancer planning inclusive of children and adolescents with cancer.

SJCARES Policy Monitor


Click here to go to the Global Policy Monitor, which visually summarizes the curated, publicly accessible policies from Global Policy CoreBank.


SJCARES Policies Tools


Policies Tools


Since 2014, the Health Systems Unit has collated and reviewed more than 1,000 national documents outlining government priorities for, commitments to, and joint actions on cancer and other health needs, along with hundreds of associated analytic and strategic documents. These documents include national cancer control plans (NCCPs), integrated noncommunicable disease plans (that may cover conditions such as cancer, as well as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and sickle cell disease), and national strategic and action plans and policies. 


Curated documents are systematically cataloged in a repository, the  St. Jude Global Policy CoreBank. The Health Systems Unit works with collaborators to conduct comprehensive framework-driven analyses of curated policies as part of the Global Policy Analyst. It also captures sample visualizations and analytics from the policies as part of the Global Policy Monitor.


Applying insights distilled from these global analyses, at a national level, the Health Systems Unit has developed an NCCP Digest that comprises a National Policy Landscape Scan, a Snapshot Analysis template and a Dialogue Facilitator template for those interested in pursuing further collaboration and policy dialogues. Altogether, the digest can be used as a country policy planning and progress tool to review and align data on national cancer-related public policies’ existence and policy content, and stimulate dialogue concerning the national health policy environment. 


For those interested in querying policies and concepts in more detail, the Unit’s NCCP Ontology outlines typical terminology used to describe relevant policy concepts in different languages. 


Together, SJCARES Policies tools set the stage for policy research, informed policy dialogues, political advocacy and participatory policy design that integrate the needs of children and adolescents into national agendas and actions.


Our Team


Catherine G. Lam, MD, MPH

Director, Asia Pacific Regional Program

Director, Health Systems Unit

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty

Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer

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Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, MD

Executive Vice President

Chair, Department of Global Pediatric Medicine

Director, St. Jude Global

Co-Associate Director, Outreach, Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Meenakshi Devidas, PhD, MBA

Director, Global Analytics

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Meghana Avula

Director of Global Technology

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Yichen Chen, PhD, MSc

Senior Biostatistician, Global Analytics

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Wendy Archibald

Administrative Specialist, Health Systems Unit

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Richard Howard, MSE

Health Systems Analyst, Health Systems Unit

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Patricia Loggetto, MPP

Project Coordinator, Central and South America Regional Program

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Sherri Blackburn

Senior Business Analyst, St. Jude Global Information Services

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