Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 112  | November 2018
Did you miss yesterday's pre-Summit webinar?
Welcoming Steph Shelton
Increasing staff capacity by addressing data & evaluation needs

We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Steph Shelton as our new Cancer Data Specialist -- a brand-new position that fills an important gap on the WI CCC Program team.

" Steph's data-driven mindset and public health training are the perfect combination to increase our evaluation and data capacity," said Program Director Sarah Kerch. "Ultimately, Steph's contribution to our team will help us improve the kinds of support we can provide to members of the WI Cancer Council."

For the past three years, Steph worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a budget and policy analyst, analyzing long-term care Medicaid data for program evaluation.

Steph recently earned her master's degree in Population Health Sciences from UW-Madison, with a focus on health services research. Her   master's thesis looked at adaptive functioning, healthcare access, and utilization.

"I am thrilled to do my part in reducing the burden of cancer in Wisconsin with such a dedicated, collaborative team," Steph said.

While not at work, Steph loves spending time outdoors and has a personal goal of section hiking the entirety of the Florida Trail.

Please say hello to Steph at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit on Nov. 15!
2019 Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins!
How to support enrollment efforts, and what you need to know

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplace started November 1! 

  As predicted, health insurance premiums in the marketplace have stabilized this year --decreasing by an average of about 4% -- and health insurance options are available in every part of Wisconsin.

Here are some key points you should know about the 2019 open enrollment period:
  • Open enrollment is only 6 weeks long! For coverage that starts January 1, consumers must renew or sign up by December 15, 2018.
  • More than 80% of Wisconsinites receive discounts to help pay for health insurance when they shop through
  • Insurance plans purchased through the marketplace are required to cover all essential health benefits-such as doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs-and free preventive care such as cancer screenings. Other types of plans available this year outside of the marketplace (short-term/limited duration, and association health plans) may not include these benefits.
  • Many FREE resources are available to help consumers sign up for plans and answer insurance questions. Consumers can call 2-1-1 or schedule an appointment online at
>> What you can do:
Having comprehensive health insurance -- and knowing how to effectively use it -- is key to preventing, detecting, and treating cancer. You can help support outreach and enrollment efforts by:
New Member Tool: HPV Fact Sheet
Making the case for promoting HPV vaccinations in your community

Our latest member resource offers a succinct snapshot of HPV vaccination rates in every county in Wisconsin -- and suggests seven different ways you can help prevent HPV-related cancers.

While we've seen some improvement in HPV vaccination rates, we still have a long way to go to r each our state's goal of 80% vaccination co mpletion by 2020. 

The HPV Fact Sheet , unveiled today, can help WI Cancer Council members make the case for why their health care systems or communities should prioritize efforts to increase HPV vaccination rates. 

This tool is the latest resource in support of our Action Plan to increase HPV vaccination rates across the state. We encourage all members to examine the vaccination rates in their clinics and communities and consider new ways to increase these rates as a form of cancer prevention.

>> What you can do:
  • Download the new HPV fact sheet and share it widely within your health care system.
  • Need additional support to promote HPV vaccination efforts in your clinic, system, or community? Let us know how we can help you.
Sandra Millon Underwood's  "Pursuit  of the Promise"
Agenda change: Introducing our new keynote speaker

We are excited to announce that Dr. Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN, will be presenting on her work to address breast cancer disparities in Wisconsin during the keynote address at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit.

Dr. Underwood is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Through her many years of research and practical experience, she has made significant contributions to our understanding of the unique needs and cancer experiences of people of color, including African American breast cancer survivors. 

Dr. Underwood's talk -- based on her innovative program,  Partner in Pursuit of the Promise BCAUSSSE (Breast Cancer Awareness, Understanding, Screening, Survivor Support and Empowerment) --  will highlight her research as well as her work implementing culturally tailored, community-based programs designed to enhance breast cancer awareness and outcomes for African American women.   

>> What you can do:
Register for the 2018 WI Cancer Summit to make sure you don't miss Dr. Underwood's inspiring presentation!

Reading List: Health Equity Essentials

Digging deeper into health equity issues can help you make the most of your Summit experience. Dr. Geoffrey Swain, who led our pre-Summit webinar, "Health Equity Essentials," suggests these resources:

Break the Prejudice Habit

Health Equity Guide

Foundational Practices for Health Equity

The Life Course Framework

Health Equity and Social Justice

County Health Rankings - What is Health?

The Other Half of Health

Health Disparities and Health Equity: The Issue is Justice

What are Health Disparities and Health Equity?

States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

WPHA Legislative Priorities

14 Strategies to Advance Health Equity within Local Public Health Practice

Harvard Implicit Association Tests


Did you miss the pre-Summit webinar?

Don't Forget to Register by Monday, Nov. 5!

Don't want to miss the Summit? Don't miss the registration deadline

Register by Monday, Nov. 5, to enjoy the networking and learning opportunities available during the daylong  2018 WI Cancer Summit.

The Summit is FREE for WI Cancer Council members. If you still need to renew your membership, you'll be prompted to do so when you register for the Summit.

Not yet a member?  Joining is free , and you can join when you  register !

Registration is simple and quick. Be sure to register for the 2018 WI Cancer Summit by Nov. 5!

2018 WI Cancer Summit QUICK LINKS:
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Registration is FREE for WI Cancer Council members. (Need to renew? You can do that when you register!)
We've got an agenda packed with informative break-out sessions, plenaries, and plenty of networking time.
Make sure your colleagues know about the Summit! Download & share:

The GW Cancer Center has opened applications for the second cohort of the Together, Equitable, Accessible, Meaningful (TEAM) Training. This no-cost training supports equitable, accessible, and patient-centered care. Participants receive guidance, tools, and resources for quality improvements around patient-provider communication, health literacy, cultural sensitivity, and more. Applications are due Jan.9, 2019.
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Do you have a conference, workshop, lecture, webinar, or other event open to the public that you'd like our help to promote? 

Email the details to Tina Pap at and then watch for them to be posted online and in our newsletter.
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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Our video tutorial series can help you maximize resources, such as the online Cancer Control Plan and the Your Role in Cancer Control tool.
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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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This tool debunks common myths about  about alcohol & cancer. Use it to start important conversations with your community.
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Action Plan pages
The Council's Action Plans accelerate progress in areas of greatest need. Learn more about each Action Plan and see how you can get involved.
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