About EPWC

The Coalition Mission Statement

To reduce the burden and incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases on all Essex and Passaic County residents by the promotion of improved outreach, education, screening, access to treatment and follow-up.


• To increase communication and collaboration among all stakeholders.
• To maximize the utilization of resources and coordinate priorities in seeking additional resources.
• To examine and prioritize the expansion of cancer and related chronic disease control efforts in Essex and Passaic Counties.
• To promote awareness of and participation in cancer and related clinical trials and to support investigations that seek to find the causes of cancer and related chronic diseases, improve care, reduce health disparities, or increase access.
• To effectively promote and implement the goals of the New Jersey Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (NJ-CCCP), focusing on its priority cancers.
• To implement evidence-based strategies to effectively promote healthful behaviors, improved quality of life, extended years of healthy living, and reduction of related health disparities and chronic disease burden.
• To collaborate and coordinate with the County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) Coalitions of Essex and Passaic Counties.

Coalition Partners

Working together to achieve better outcomes for everyone.

The Coalition is made up of hospital systems, health care providers, government agencies, businesses, and private and non-profit organizations. View a list of all of the organizations that work collaboratively to support the mission of the EPWC:

Coalition Partners

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Historical Background

In 2002, the Governor commissioned the first New Jersey Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (NJ-CCCP).* As part of this initiative, a Cancer Capacity and Needs Assessment (C/NA) was conducted in each county, supported by the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. To view the Essex County C/NA Report go to Reports.

* The first NJ-CCCP covered the five-year period 2003-2007.  Substantial portions were written by the ECCC Founder and Director, Dr. Weiss.  The second NJ-CCCP covered the five-year period from 2008-2012. The third NJ-CCCP covered the five-year period from 2013-2018.

From 2003 to 2007, Stanley H. Weiss, MD, the Director of the Essex-Passaic Wellness Coalition (who is the Principal Investigator of the grant under which the coalition is funded) also served as chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the statewide Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey. In that capacity, he and his staff (among other endeavors) developed the first two statewide biennial status reports on the NJ-CCCP. These are available here.

Dr. Weiss has engaged in numerous other endeavors in the areas of community health, public health, epidemiology, and related fields.

Dr. Weiss’s Other Activities

Stanley H. Weiss, MD, FACP, FACE leads a number of endeavors in community health, public health, epidemiology and related fields, with the participation of members of his research group (some of whom also function as part of the leadership team of the EPWC).  Links to descriptions of those that are currently or recently active, including personnel, collaborators, publications, and other information, are below.

You can also view a poster describing some of these activities that was specially prepared for and presented at the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biological Sciences faculty poster day, September 13, 2012.

Get Involved

You can contribute to the cancer control efforts in Essex and Passaic Counties by:

  • Joining the Essex-Passaic Wellness Coalition (EPWC)
  • Educating yourself, friends, and family about the cancer burden in Essex and Passaic Counties and the importance of cancer prevention and early detection.
  • Learning about and expanding awareness of local cancer resources that provide free and reduced cost services such as cancer screenings and support groups.
  • Supporting initiatives that seek to find the causes of cancer, improve care and/or reduce disparities.