NHS FPX 8040 Assessment 1 Project Charter Part 1

Student Name

Capella University

NHS-FPX 8040 21st-Century Health Care Leadership

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 Project Overview

Project Name: Decreasing Mortality Rates from Skin Cancer at West Virginia University Hospital through Early Prevention Strategies

Gap Analysis

Current State: There has been a 7% increase in mortality rates due to skin cancer.

Desired State: Targeting a reduction in skin cancer-related deaths to below 5%.

Identified Gap: The current gap stands at 2%.

Methods Used to Identify the Gap: Utilized questionnaires, assessments, synopses, and surveys. Implemented campaigns to enhance patient awareness of skin cancer and lifestyle modifications. Conducted learning sessions for oncology department healthcare staff.

Implications/Relevance to Identified Population:

  • Improvements required through staff training and increased awareness of prevention strategies.
  • Expected increase in lifespan and decrease in skin cancer-related deaths.

Evidence to Support the Need:

  • According to Dietz et al. (2020), early diagnosis and treatment through screening tests significantly reduce skin cancer mortality rates.
  • American Cancer Society (2022a) emphasizes the potential impact of preventive measures.

Problem Statement: Increased mortality rates due to skin cancer among the West Virginia population necessitate urgent intervention through educational and secondary prevention strategies.

SMART Objectives

Specific: Reduce skin cancer mortality from 7% to 5% by the end of 2024 through prevention strategies and healthcare staff training.

Measurable: Monitor monthly cancer-related deaths using EHR or surveys.

Achievable: Realistic goal achievable through collaboration among healthcare professionals.

Relevance: Interventions directly address the issue of increased mortality rates.

Time-bound: Target to be achieved within one year, starting in 2023.

Project AIM: Encourage increased efforts among West Virginia University Hospital healthcare workers to decrease mortality rates from skin cancer.


  • Two Months Planning and Preparation: Define goals, assess patient numbers, identify barriers, secure funding.
  • Implementation Phase: Execute plan, promote prevention strategies, foster collaboration, conduct educational seminars, and monitor progress.
  • Six Months Evaluation: Review data, identify gaps, and make necessary adjustments.


Aggarwal, P., Knabel, P., & Fleischer, A. B. (2021). United States burden of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer from 1990 to 2019. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 85(2), 388–395. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2021.03.109

American Cancer Society. (2020). American Cancer Society | Cancer Facts & Statistics. Cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org

American Cancer Society. (2022a). 2022 Cancer Facts & Figures Cancer | Cancer Death Rate Drops. Www.cancer.org

Dietz, J. R., Moran, M. S., Isakoff, S. J., Kurtzman, S. H., Willey, S. C., Burstein, H. J., Bleicher, R. J., Lyons, J. A., Sarantou, T., Baron, P. L., Stevens, R. E., Boolbol, S. K., Anderson, B. O., Shulman, L. N., Gradishar, W. J., Monticciolo, D. L., Plecha, D. M., Nelson, H., & Yao, K. A. (2020). Recommendations for prioritization, treatment, and triage of breast cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 181(3), 487–497. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05644-z

NHS FPX 8040 Assessment 1 Project Charter Part 1

Health and Human Resources. (2022). West Virginia Cancer Statistics. Dhhr.wv.gov

The World Bank. (2022). Glossary | DataBank. Databank.worldbank.org

Corso, G., Janssens, J. Ph., & La Vecchia, C. (2023). Cancer prevention: innovative strategies in the role of the European Cancer Prevention Organization. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, Publish Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1097/cej.0000000000000782

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