Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 98 | September 2017
Dear WI Cancer Council members:

Our newsletter has a new look and a new name. Welcome to ENGAGE!

Each month ENGAGE will deliver news, resources, and networking opportunities designed to help Council members stay informed, involved, and supported.  If you have a story idea for ENGAGE or feedback about our new look, we hope you'll  let us know Thank you for being a critical part of cancer control in Wisconsin.

~Your WI CCC Program Team
Hurricane Hospital Relief
Helping the cancer communities affected by Harvey and Irma

As Texas begins to heal from Hurricane Harvey and Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, we want to share resources for helping our fellow cancer control communities and the vulnerable populations they serve.
We were encouraged last week to see stories of people and systems working together to protect Harvey's most vulnerable victims -- including  patients  receiving  treatment for cancer  and other  life-threatening illnesses
For example, when Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center partially closed  because of flooding, hospitals in Alabama and Louisiana welcomed patients to minimize disruptions in treatment. 
We will be watching closely as  hospitals in Florida prepare for Hurricane Irma Learn how you can help -- and how cancer patients and providers can  prepare for an emergency  closer to home.
All-Member Webinar: Join Us Oct. 4
Help us identify areas of greatest need in cancer control in WI

The WI Cancer Council is embarking on what may be its most ambitious effort to date: winnowing the comprehensive, 13-priority WI CCC Plan into a streamlined "Implementation Action Pan" designed to accelerate progress in areas of greatest need.
WI Cancer Council members are strongly encouraged to attend an important all-member webinar Oct. 4 from 1-2 p.m. to provide input in what the Implementation Action Plan should include.
Members will learn about current cancer control activities and areas of progress across Wisconsin, and will gain helpful insight into the work other Council members are already doing.
Watch your email inboxes for more details, and register today for "The State of the State: Cancer Control in Wisconsin."
HPV Summits: A "Rare Opportunity"
Why the Summits matter -- and how you can get involved
T he HPV vaccine has been widely recommended since 2006. Yet most Wisconsin teens  still aren't getting the vaccine -- or the life-saving cancer prevention it provides.
The Wisconsin HPV Vaccine Summits hope to change that.
Next month, doctors, researchers, and advocates will gather in Green Bay and Eau Claire to share challenges and solutions to increasing Wisconsin's HPV vaccination rate. Registration for the day-long Summits costs $15.
HPV can cause multiple cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and penile. The HPV vaccine can prevent these cancers. But only 38% of boys and less than 54% of girls ages 13-17 in Wisconsin have completed the full two-dose HPV vaccination series.

Improving HPV vaccination rates also helps to reduce racial health disparities. Black and Latina women in Wisconsin are diagnosed with cervical cancer more than twice as often as white women, according to data from the US Cancer Statistics Working Group. This is one of the largest racial and ethnic disparities across all major cancer sites in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin HPV Vaccine Summits  "provide us a rare opportunity  to change the lives of an entire generation by preventing these common and devastating cancers," said UW pediatric infectious disease specialist James Conway.

Register today  for the HPV Vaccine Summits in Green Bay on Oct. 18, and Eau Claire on Oct. 26.

Recap: National Cancer Conference
A report-back from the WI CCC Program staff

Last month several members of the WI CCC Program team flew to Atlanta to attend and present at the CDC's National Cancer Conference

We caught up with them when they got home and asked them what they learned and how it affects their cancer control work in Wisconsin.

Healthy Hospitals:
New "farm to hospital" guide available online

Our latest online resource guide helps hospitals prevent cancer by working with local farmers to improve food and beverage environments for  staff, patients, visitors, and communities. 
The Farm to Hospital Resource Guide was created by the WI CCC Program to raise awareness of the many tools available and to help hospitals create healthier environments. The resource guide can be found online.  
Free Courses for Members:
Online CE credits from George Washington Cancer Center

News & resources from Cancer Council members
Metastatic Disease Survey
The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition is requesting responses to a brief survey as they plan the  Metastatic Breast Cancer Symposium to be held in the Metro Milwaukee Area in the Spring of 2018. Survey results  will help guide the Symposium's topics, speakers, breakout sessions, and more.

Precision Medicine Grant Awarded
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, and the Medical College of Wisconsin are honored to announce a $5.4 million grant from the NIH  for a nationwide precision medicine initiative. 

Tobacco & Cancer Webinar Series
The National Roundtable for Behavioral Health is offering two upcoming webinars on tobacco and cancer. Use these link s to register for  Cracking the (CPT) Code for Tobacco Cessation & Cancer Prevention (Sept. 13) or Finding New Financing for Tobacco Cessation & Cancer Prevention Efforts  (Oct. 11). 

To share a member announcement  in 
a future issue of ENGAGE, email the details to  Carrie Kilman .
Upcoming events from Cancer Council members

See our full member events calendar online. 
Add your events by emailing the details to Carrie Kilman.
Member Resources
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.