Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 111  | October 2018

This year, 767 Wisconsin women will die from breast cancer. M ammograms can detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective.

Simply put, screening saves lives. And special resources are available to help women who have little or no health insurance coverage. 

Help us spread this message. We're excited to partner with the WI Well Woman Program, American Cancer Society, WI Department of Health Services, and  WI Women's Health Foundation to promote a new  dual-language flyer to reach  underserved audiences.

>> Download the flyer today.
Pre-Summit Webinar:  Health Equity Essentials 
Join us Nov. 1 for an important webinar with Dr. Geoffrey Swain

Join us Thursday, Nov. 1,  from 11 am - noon, for a pre-Summit Webinar, " Health Equity Essentials: What You Need to Know About Social Determinants of Health".

This special session will feature Dr. Geoffrey Swain, professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and founding director of the WI Center for Health Equity. 

Dr. Swain will help us explore key concepts in health equity, including social determinants of health. 

Our goal: To ensure every participant understands how social determinants of health can affect cancer outcomes, and how cancer-specific organizations have a role to play in addressing the social determinants in their communities.

The pre-Summit webinar is open to all Council members and will set the stage for the 2018 WI Cancer Summit on Nov. 15. Those attending the Summit are strongly encouraged to attend this webinar.  Register for the Summit here.

>> Mark Your Calendars.
Pre-Summit Webinar: Nov. 1, 2018 | 11 am - noon |  Add to Calendar

>> Join the Webinar.
Step 1:  Download the Adobe Connect plug-in before the webinar starts:  Windows  |  Mac
Step 2:  Join the web conference:
Step 3 : Join the audio conference: Dial-In: 1-855-947-8255 | Passcode: 6454 519#

WI Cancer Summit QUICK LINKS:
Become an Exhibitor:
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Registration is FREE for WI Cancer Council members. (Need to renew? You can do that when you register!)
Promote your work, share resources, & make connections with other cancer control experts. 
Make sure your colleagues know about the Summit! Download & share:
Room Block Deadline:
The Room Block ends on Oct. 17. Reserve your room today, if you'll need one for the Summit!
We've got an agenda packed with informative break-out sessions and plenty of networking time.
Need help? Let us know. 
Contact Tina Pap by phone at (608) 265-9322 or send her an email at 
"It Takes a Village":  Biden Summit Recap
Survivor voices, immunotherapy innovations, and our hopes for the future

Last month the WI Cancer Council worked with Gilda's Club Madison and the American Cancer Society to host one of 450 Biden Cancer Community Summits happening around the world.

Our audience in Madison heard moving testimony from the mother of a childhood cancer survivor and explored the evolving landscape of immunotherapy with Kenneth DeSantes, MD, director of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant program at the American Family Children's Hospital. 

In attendance were not only doctors, researchers, and advocates, but also cancer survivors who shared stories of barriers to care, what "survivorship" means to them, and the importance of supports for caregivers.

In discussing what kind of progress the group hopes to see in the next five to ten years, participants listed greater access to treatment, fewer cancer health disparities, increased use of the HPV vaccine, treatment options with fewer painful side effects, and improved insurance coverage for cancer treatment. 

As one survivor summed things up: "It's heartening to know that cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence."

>> Dig Deeper:
Many of the topics raised at the Biden Cancer Community Summit will be explored in more detail at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit on Nov. 15. Join us!
Celebrating 20 Years of Cancer Control
Bringing home lessons from the CDC anniversary event

Sarah Kerch and Courtney Harris
The National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is 20 years old! Two members of our staff recently traveled to Atlanta to participate in an anniversary celebration at the CDC headquarters.

Program Director Sarah Kerch and Policy Coordinator Courtney Harris spent a whirlwind two days meeting members of other states' staff and brought home tools an d lessons to help guide our work.

"Participating in national activities with fellow comprehensive cancer control programs helps us to learn from our fellow states, tribes and territories," said Sarah Kerch. "It also makes me grateful for all of the wonderful WI Cancer Council members we have in our state, doing the hard work on the ground every day."

>> Learn more:
Free Online Courses from the  GW Cancer Center

Go back to school this fall with the George Washington Cancer Center!

GW Cancer Center is offering free online courses, webinars, and continuing education credits to help cancer control professionals expand their skill sets.

Learn about LGBTQ-affirming cancer care; evidence-based media campaigns; oncology patient navigation; and more.

See the full list of sessions and sign up for a free account to register for a course: 
HPV Update: Join the 
Webinar, Oct. 24

Join us Oct. 24 from 10-11 am for a webinar to learn more about the recent HPV Roundtable and review current HPV vaccine recommendations.

This webinar is for any WI Cancer Council member interested in increasing HPV vaccination rates in WI. Participants will also hear a progress report on our goal
of reaching 80% vaccination across the state.

Questions? Contact Michelle Moreau.
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Steering Committee Report
A quick recap of our quarterly meeting
The WI Cancer Council Steering Committee gathered in Madison last month and tackled an agenda so thorough it even included a bald eagle sighting.

The Committee reviewed nominations for incoming 2019-2020 Steering Committee members. All candidates were highly qualified and passionate about cancer control work, which made this a very difficult decision.  After a lengthy discussion and vote, we are excited to welcome the following new members to the Steering Committee:
  • Sandy Bernier, Fond du Lac County Health Department
  • Vera (Judy) Heubel, Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Center
  • Laura Petterson, Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center
  • Paula Silha, La Crosse County Health Department
  • HJ Waukau, Incoming Policy Committee Chair, WI Medical Society
  • Sarah Wright, WI Primary Health Care Association
Committee members also discussed WI CCC Plan revision. The current 5-year Plan will expire at the end of 2020. Committee members decided to move to a 10-year Plan, recommended a process be added for a midcourse review to make changes based on emerging evidence, and deliberated the logistics of gathering feedback from the full Council membership. Staff will share Plan revision details at the 2018 WI Cancer Summit.
In addition, the Committee reviewed progress toward each of the Council's Action Plans: increasing access to cancer screening, improving HPV vaccination rates, and raising awareness about the alcohol-cancer connection. Council members and staff are making big strides in each Action Plan area - to get involved, click here.
And, we said farewell to our good friend Paul Westrick,  outgoing chair of the Policy Committee. Luckily Paul will remain an active Policy Committee member and Council member at large! Be sure to attend the WI Cancer Summit  on Nov. 15,  to share your thanks for his service.
Upcoming events from WI Cancer Council members
Sponsored by the WI Alcohol Policy Project

October 11-12
Sponsored by the WI Cancer Registrars Association

October 19
Sponsored by UW Carbone Cancer Center

October 24
Sponsored by the WI Cancer Council

November 1
Sponsored by the WI Cancer Council

See  more events in our  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.)
>>  Learn more.

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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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.