Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 113  | December 2018
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Summit Success: Thank You for Coming!
Inspiring speakers, important connections, and tools to address bias

More than 120 people gathered in Madison last month to explore cancer health equity at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the lively, inspiring, thought-provoking day!

Dr. Brian Gittens opened the day by encouraging participants to unpack their own unconscious biases, which he defined as "mental associations without awareness, intention, or control." 

In the keynote address, Dr. Sandra Millon Underwood invited audience members to leave their comfort zones and get to know the communities where inequities exist.

Throughout the day, breakout sessions helped attendees examine innovative approaches to cancer health inequities. And to elevate the voices of those most affected by cancer, we invited survivors and caregivers to share their own stories.

In your own words...
"We ALL have implicit biases! It is important to understand this and work to remove personal barriers -- making us better able to address systemic barriers to health equity."

"The breadth of work focused on disparities and cancer is heartening. The day was motivating and uplifting!"

"I learned that I don't see what I'm not looking for."

"I learned that we need new and different voices at the table to make this work happen -- better representation from communities affected by inequities, as well as survivors themselves."

"I thought this was one of the more beneficial and well put-together events I have been to regarding cancer in a VERY long time. Great job, and thank you to all the speakers and those involved in organizing this Summit."

>> Dig Deeper:
View the  Summit slides .  If you missed the Summit, or if you simply want to review something you saw in a session, you can now  view the presenter slides !

Watch our  webinar on social determinants of health. Did you miss the pre-Summit webinar? The Summit may be over, but the work continues -- and  this webinar featuring Dr. Geoffrey Swain is a great place to learn more.

Mark your calendars for 2019. The 2019 WI Cancer Summit is scheduled for Oct. 16-17, 2019, at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Watch for our theme announcement and call for presentations in an upcoming issue of ENGAGE!

[Top photo: Dr. Brian Gittens; Bottom photo: Survivorship Panelists Maria Franklin, Vernon Williams IV, Charlene Smith, Joseph Lee, and Kari Thielke-Weber]
How Can the Next WI Cancer Plan Help You?
Answer our all-member survey by Dec. 20 to share your ideas

It's time to create the next edition of Wisconsin's  cancer plan!

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is our state's master vision for reducing the burden of cancer for everyone in Wisconsin.

The current plan ends in 2020 -- so it's time to begin the work to create the next edition.

Our first step? Hearing from you. What works in the current plan? What would you like to see in the new edition? How can our cancer plan better work for you?

Share your ideas and feedback in this survey -- it only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. 

The next edition will be a 10-year plan -- which means your responses to the survey will help form Wisconsin's vision for cancer control and prevention for the decade to come.

>> Bottom line:
We need your input. Take this survey and tell us what should be included in the next cancer plan.
Meet Baby Josephine!
Introducing Program Director Sarah Kerch's new arrival

If you joined us at the Summit, you might have seen a baby picture or two!  Our program director, Sarah Kerch, welcomed her second daughter just a week before the Summit. Josephine  Eleanor Trzyna was born Nov. 7, 2018, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz, and measuring 20 inches long. Josie and her family are doing great!

Left: Baby Josie; Right: Big sister Lucy, proud parents Sarah and Paul, little sister Josie
JOIN US TODAY:  Meet the Grantees in Today's Webinar

Dial in TODAY for the Cancer Screening Disparities Networking Webinar and meet awardees from our latest round of implementations grants! 

We teamed up w ith the  Wisconsin Well Woman Program and Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System to offer grants to support early detection strategies aimed at reducing disparities in cancer outcomes. 

Congratulations to our awardees:

Access Community Health Centers, Inc. - working to increase cervical cancer screening rates by better understanding the barriers to screening

NorthLakes Community Clinic - working to increase breast and colorectal cancer screening rates through system change

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers - working to increase cervical cancer screening rates by better understanding the barriers to screening

Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc. - working to increase colorectal screening rates through a targeted social media and outreach campaign

Lakeshore Community Health Care - working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates through a systems change approach

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation - working to increase lung cancer screening awareness through a targeted outreach campaign

>> Learn more:
Hear more about these exciting efforts by joining us TODAY for a networking webinar from 10-11 am. Register here!

Announcing a Networking Webinar Series for Members

Did the Summit leave you wishing you had more time to connect with your fellow WI Cancer Council members? Do you sometimes wish you could squeeze more time out of your day to network with your peers?

One thing we consistently hear from members is that you want more ways to connect, learn, and share ideas.

We've created a monthly webinar series , to help you network with fellow members without leaving your desk.

Mark your calendars: Beginning in January, we will gather online from 10-11 am, on the second Thursday of the month.  

Join us in January , when we'll hear from  Greg Stadter, program director for the Specialty Access for the Uninsured Program (often known as SAUP ), with the Milwaukee Healthcare Partnership. 

SAUP launched in 2012, designed to replace a fragmented care delivery system with a managed and more cost-efficient model of providing specialty care to Milwaukee's uninsured population. 

Under the program, safety net clinics are matched with hospitals and health systems to coordinate access to specialty care. All consultations, tests, and treatments are covered under SAUP , with no out-of-pocket costs to patients. 

Join us Jan. 10, from 10-11 am, to learn how SAUP can offer a model for your community. Register here .

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Policy Roundup, in Brief
A summary of last week's Policy Committee conference call
Looking Forward to 2019
The Policy Committee closed out their 2018 meeting season by recapping the results and implications of the 2018 election, finalizing plans for the 2019 legislative information drop, and discussing updates on some priority issues the Committee has been tracking throughout the year.

2018 Election Recap
The November election saw some big wins for Democrats for statewide offices, including the reelection of Tammy Baldwin to the US Senate, and the replacement of current Gov. Scott Walker with Democrat Tony Evers. The Committee discussed the fact that overall, these election results do not significantly change the goals outlined in the WI Cancer Council's policy agenda. These goals are set based on the priorities of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020 and the WI Cancer Council's Action Plans.

However, the election results may affect two specific policy items we've been tracking closely-Wisconsin's request to make changes to BadgerCare for adults without dependent children, including adding work requirements, which was approved this fall; and the state's decision to join 19 other states in a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Both of these items were slated for potential changes after becoming campaign features of both Gov.-elect Evers and new Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, respectively. That may have changed as of last week, after state lawmakers passed a set of bills effectively preventing these moves. The Committee will continue to monitor these issues and their potential impacts to cancer prevention and control.

2019 Legislative Information Drop
The Committee is finalizing plans for the 2019 legislative information drop. Planned for early to mid-February, we will introduce state legislators to the WI Cancer Council, explain the importance of the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020, and share county-level data on the cancer burden in every legislative district.  In addition to targeted meeting with legislators, Committee hopes to meet with the new Governor and administration staff, as well.

Other Highlights
>> Last month the Legislative Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement ended what may have been its final meeting by deciding to hold off on making any significant changes as a result of the election. This includes a change the Committee was considering to certain unlicensed venues, so-called "wedding barns," that had the potential to increase alcohol availability, but was opposed by the hospitality industry and the Tavern League.

>>  After the federal bill to support and expand access to palliative care, known as the Palliative Care Hospice Education & Training Act (PCHETA), unanimously passed the House last summer, it ran into roadblocks in the Senate and is unlikely to pass this session. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) plans to work with the bill's sponsors to pursue passage next session. ACS CAN also plans to continue their work in Wisconsin to pass state legislation creating a palliative care advisory council to evaluate and make recommendations related to palliative care access on a state level.

>>  ACS CAN has joined tobacco prevention and control partners throughout the state in supporting efforts to continue positive statewide progress and reduce disparities in tobacco use by increasing tobacco prevention and control funding, closing the tax loophole that makes some little cigars very inexpensive, and targeting youth access to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Some of these efforts may be incorporated into upcoming state budget discussions, and others as standalone legislation.

>>  The Policy Committee also discussed the potential for state legislation aimed at decreasing pharmaceutical costs while maintaining timely access for cancer patients and others who need it. This issue has been discussed extensively at the federal level, and the Committee will continue to track it as it moves forward here.

>>  The Wisconsin Public Health Association and Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards has finalized their 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities, with a focus on the social determinants of health and achieving health equity. As we discussed at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit and in the pre-Summit webinar, targeting the social and economic factors that contribute to health is essential to dismantling the inequities we see in cancer rates and outcomes in our state.
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