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Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 102  | January 2018
Welcoming Sarah Kerch
A new program director with a longtime track record

We are excited to announce that our very own Sarah Kerch, MPH, has been named Program Director for the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Sarah will guide the next chapter of development for the Program and the WI Cancer Council. Today marks the beginning of her tenure.

Sarah began her career in public health at the WI CCC Program, before receiving her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. In Chicago, she developed and evaluated community-based strategies to address maternal and child health disparities, and the growing impact of chronic disease. Sarah returned to the WI CCC Program in January 2015 as Partnership Coordinator, leading the WI Cancer Council through a member reengagement and restructuring process in 2016.
Sarah takes on the challenges and opportunities of the Program Directorship at an exciting time -- the Council is embarking on its first-ever set of Action Plans, health care policy remains at the forefront of state and national conversations, and health care disparities reveal critical work yet to be done. 
"Sarah brings a wealth of experience in grants, project management, staff supervision, strategic planning and public health leadership to the position, in addition to her track record as a hard worker and innovative problem solver," said Noelle LoConte, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the principal investigator for the WI CCC Program.
Just as Sarah expertly led the WI Cancer Council through its 2016 revitalization, we are excited to see where she leads the Program and Council in the months and years ahead.

"There is no one better to lead the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program," said former Program Director Amy Conlon. "Sarah has been training for this role since the day she started with us as a student worker more than ten years ago. She knows the history of the Program and the Council and brings her own passion and vision to help it grow even stronger. I am so excited to see her excel as a leader."
Please join us in extending a heartfelt congratulations to Sarah as she takes on this new role!
2017 in Review
A year of growth and transition

As we look to the future, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the past year. In 2017, our membership and staff worked together to achieve some impressive successes!
The Council:
In addition to the monthly newsletter, members received eight separate alerts throughout 2017 regarding new policy updates, issue briefs, and infographics to help support your cancer control work. 

Staff at Section School, near Mukwonago, celebrate the opening of a new nature trail.
The Program:
  • Expanded our staff to include a communications specialist.
  • Worked with more than 20 schools across the state to increase physical activity and other healthy options for students and teachers.
  • Helped hospitals across the state offer more fruits and vegetables and expand the use of other farm-to-hospital activities.
  • Helped bring together 136 HPV champions at two regional summits to share strategies for improving HPV vaccination rates.
  • Collaborated with more than 30 partner organizations, via the WI Breast Cancer Task Force, to launch Sister Pact, a breast cancer awareness program that connects Milwaukee women with screening information and local resources.
  • Supported local cancer control efforts across Wisconsin through our Implementation Grants, including funding and technical support for:
Looking Forward:

"The WI CCC Program and members of the WI Cancer Council have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of in 2017," said incoming Program Director Sarah Kerch. "The work may be challenging at times, but it becomes easier as we see its impact on the communities we serve.  I look forward to 2018 being our best yet as we release our Action Plans , gather at Regional Meetings in April, and bring Council members together at the Summit in November to examine how we can achieve health equity in cancer."
Cancer Facts & Figures 2018
Just released: Cancer death rate continues to decline

Last week the American Cancer Society published its eagerly anticipated Cancer Facts & Figures 2018 , the comprehensive annual report on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival (with a special section featuring ovarian cancer). 

Here are a few important takeaways:
Across the nation, the cancer death rate dropped 1.7% from 2014 to 2015, continuing a decline that began in the early 1990s.  Since 1991, the cancer death rate has declined 26%, resulting in nearly 2.4 million fewer cancer deaths. This decline is largely a result of reductions in smoking, use of recommended screenings, and advances in treatment.
The death rates for the four major cancer sites have declined:
  • Lung: down 45% from 1990 to 2015 among men and 19% from 2002 to 2015 among women
  • Female breast: down 39% from 1989 to 2015
  • Prostate: down 52% from 1993 to 2015
  • Colorectal: down 52% from 1970 to 2015
  Other highlights:
  • Prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers account for 42% of all cases in men, with prostate cancer alone accounting for almost one in five new diagnoses.
  • For women, the three most common cancers are breast, lung, and colorectal, which collectively represent one-half of all cases; breast cancer alone accounts for 30% all new cancer diagnoses in women.
  • Liver cancer incidence continues to increase rapidly in women, but appears to be plateauing in men.
  • While the racial gap in cancer mortality continues to narrow, this mainly reflects progress in older age groups, masking stark and persistent inequalities for young and middle-aged people of color.
  • Tobacco use remains the world's most preventable cause of death. 
  • Studies estimate that adults who follow the ACS's healthy lifestyle recommendations are 10-20% less likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 20-30% less likely to die from cancer.
Put this resource to use:
Cancer Facts & Figures 2018 and our state version, Wisconsin Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, can help you stay informed on the cancer burden, build public awareness, and design programming and research to decrease cancer's impact on the communities you serve. 
Paint the Town Teal 
Resources for January and beyond

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Across the country and closer to home, providers and advocates are raising awareness about this deadly but often-preventable disease. 

Looking to get involved?  These resources can help: 
GW Cancer Center - a must-have social media toolkit for cervical cancer awareness

National Cervical Cancer Coalition - social media messages, helpful podcasts, and more

American Cancer Society - survivor stories, screening guidelines, and more

CDC Cervical Cancer Awareness -background on HPV, downloadable fact sheets, and more

And follow the WI Cancer Council on Facebook, where we're sharing survivor stories and other cervical cancer resources throughout the month.

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Action Plan Webinars
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Join us Jan. 24 & 25 for a webinar series to review the draft Action Plans and help shape the final Plans. Each webinar will tackle a different Action Plan topic:

Jan. 24, 10-10:30
Raising Awareness of the Alcohol-Cancer Connection  [ Add to Calendar ]

Jan. 24, 11-11:30
Improving HPV Vaccine Completion Rates   [ Add to Calendar ]

Jan. 25, 10-10:30
Increasing Cancer Screening Rates  

Jan. 25, 11-11:30
Increasing Access to Quality Cancer Care & Services  

**Registration is  not required.** 
Attend as many webinars as you'd like, based on your interest and expertise. We'll review each Action Plan and ask for your feedback regarding feasibility, resources, and where you see yourself fitting in.  
For more information, contact   Michelle Moreau.
Don't forget: The 2018 Regional Meetings are coming up in April!
Watch for registration details in next month's ENGAGE.
Upcoming events from Cancer Council members

See our full member events calendar online. 
Add your events by emailing the details to Carrie Kilman.
Tools to advance your cancer control work
Connect with other members across the state through our highly searchable, data-rich member directory tool. (Must be logged in.)
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Use our interactive, online Cancer Control Plan to explore action steps and strategies to advance your cancer control work.
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Designed to easily communicate complex ideas, our infographics are perfect to share with patients, partners, and constituencies.
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Helpful cancer statistics in a short, easy-to-read format, in WI Cancer Facts & Figures. Data on multiple cancer sites available to view and download.
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How can you or your organization advance cancer control in WI? Use this tool to identify the action steps most relevant to your work.
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ENGAGE is a monthly publication for members of the Wisconsin Cancer Council. Its purpose is the share news and information about cancer prevention and control with our members across Wisconsin.