Strategic Partners in Prevention


CMPF is the only foundation, in the U.S., solely committed to teaching skin cancer prevention to children. Over the past 13 years, we have beenWYB JPEG CMPF 8511 r6F able to directly reach well over one million children and thousands of adults with our SunAWARE message. We have not done this alone but rather with the help of other organizations, including nursing groups, small and large foundations, state agencies, and local hospitals who understand our mission and want to help promote it.

We would like to first off recognize our nursing colleagues for their help and support. Dermatology, public health, school, and oncology nurses have all worked with us to spread the word about the importance of skin cancer prevention for children. The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) has led the way by endorsing our SunAWARE acronym in 2007 and our SunAWARE National Curriculum in 2016. Together we have raised awareness through community education and joint fundraising efforts. In 2017, the Center for Disease Control recognized CMPF for partnering with public health nurses in Massachusetts to promote the Suregoen General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Together we launched a "Watch Your Back" campaign to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer.

Our work with the public health nurses has been both at a national and local level.  CMPF presented at the American Public Health Association conventions in 2013 and 2014.  At the first convention we shared our novel approach to utilizing teens in the creation of an anti-tanning viedeo, Glenna's Gift, and then the following year the video was featured in their International Film Festival.  Locally, we have held regional workshops to raise awareness and promote collaboration to join forces in educating residents in their communities. We have provided local workshops for school and oncology nurses, as well as published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the nursing literature.

For our SunAWARE at Sea Program, we partnered with US SAILING to provide presentations and resources for administrators, instructors, coaches, and children. In 2017, we partnered with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boston Harbor Now, and the National Park Service to provide programs for staff, campers, and visitors, as well as to provide sunscreen and educational materials to reinforce our SunAWARE message. 

Other prevention partners include the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention, Association of Dermatology Administrators/Managers, Melanoma Action Coalition, Boston University’s Department of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Society, South Shore Skin Center, Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome Life Support Network  (BCCNS), and the Montana’s Division of Cancer Control.  In 2017, CMPF was recognized in 1st place for their Don't Fry Day initiative by the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention. They won this contest because their DFD activities reached more people than any other Council member.  Our activities included advocating for a Proclamation by Governor Baker to recognize this national day of skin cancer awarenss, marketing the program with a digital billboard that reached over 1 million commuters, and delivering local programs to one thousand children and adults.  We have partnered with all of these organizations by providing programs, support, and free resources to expand our reach. Please check out our website to learn more about our program, resources, partners, and upcoming events. Resources include a K-12 curriculum, lesson plans, infofliers, bookmarks, children’s books, an anti-tanning and sunscreen dance videos, and multiple professional publications.

As a small organization we rely on our partners to help us expand our reach to fullfill our mission to prevent skin cancer one child at a time through education and advocacy. These stakeholders are truly our partners in prevention and we recognize all of them for their help in building our program and educating Americans about skin cancer prevention.







Tips for Outdoor Babyproofing

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Parents are more inclined to let their children play outside without sun protection in May than August and many parents recant stories of severe sunburns especially in newborns, said Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, Executive Director. Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation focuses on teaching children and the people who care for them safe and proven methods of sun protection. This is why she worked with Dr. Jeremy Warhaftig, a board certified pediatrician and CMPF Board member, to develop an educational resource for new parents.

As the parent of three fair skinned children, I fully understand the importance of enjoying the outdoors but we need to do so wisely and safely, said Dr. Warhaftig. He went on to say that many of the chronic conditions that affect adults have their onset in the habits that are established in childhood. Melanoma and other skin cancers are no exception. He is passionate about prevention and brought this educational initiative to his Pediatric Department at South Shore Medical Center in May for Melanoma Awareness month. His staff provided 100 families with special information, a program bookmark and a SnapperRock infant swim shirt, donated by a leading producer of sun protection clothing for children.

Newborns have very special needs when it comes to sun protection. Here are some proven steps to protecting your newborn from overexposure to UV rays.

SunAWARE for Infants and the People Who Care for them
Avoid direct and reflected sunlight especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
Wrap baby's eyes with sunglasses, cover all skin with appropriate clothing, including a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants or leggings.
As a last resort, and after testing on a small patch of skin, apply broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen to areas that cannot be otherwise protected, selecting products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Remember to check the UV Index before going outdoors. UV levels can be surprisingly high on cool and cloudy days.
Educate everyone who cares for your infant that they can develop sunburns more easily than older babies and suffer from severe consequences including dehydration, fever, and skin infections.







SunAWARE Partners in Prevention

Aim for Melanoma

Association of Dermatology Administrators/Managers

Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS) Life Support Network

Blue Hills Community Health Alliance

Boston Harbor Now

Boston University Department of Dermatology

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Dermatology Nurses' Association

Enright Melanoma Foundation

MA Public Health Nurses

Melanoma Action Coalition

Melanoma Research Foundation

Montana Divsion of Cancer Control

National State Parks

National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention

South Shore Medical Center

South Shore Skin Center


Women's Dermatology Society