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News from the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative | January, 2024


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month. An estimated 13,960 women in the United States received a diagnosis of cervical cancer and 4,310 died from the disease last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Increasing HPV vaccination efforts and routine screening are key components in preventing cervical cancer and identifying and treating cervical cancer early. 


We've curated a list of cervical cancer resources you can use throughout this month and beyond to promote awareness of cervical cancer screening.

GW Cervical Cancer Awareness Toolkit

This toolkit from George Washington Cancer Center is designed to help cancer control stakeholders implement evidence-based practices when communicating about cervical cancer.

View the Toolkit

CDC Cervical Cancer Awareness Resources

This webpage from the CDC highlights the facts and importance of regular cervical cancer screenings, and ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

View the Resources

Cervical Cancer Prevention Resources from AICAF 

The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) offers various cervical cancer prevention/screening resources. 

View the Resources

HPV Awareness Toolkit 

The George Washington Cancer Center has an HPV awareness toolkit, which includes some messaging around cervical cancer prevention. This toolkit includes sample social media posts for diverse audiences and communication strategies surrounding HPV efforts.

View the Toolkit

Social Media Toolkit from the National LGBT Cancer Network  

The National LGBT Cancer Network developed social media shareables focused on access to care, LGBTQ+ screening, and the HPV vaccine. Posts are in English and Spanish. This project was piloted in New York and is now available for national use.  When sharing any graphics please use #Queerhealthispower and replace the qhip link with https://cancer-network.org/providerdatabases/ so that people can access the database to see LGBTQ+ friendly providers in the nation.  

View the Toolkit

Cervical Cancer Screening Webinar

The American Cancer Society and Kohl’s Healthy Families program are hosting a FREE webinar on January 23, 2024, from 11 a.m. - noon CST to provide an update on Cervical Cancer Screening. 


Join Debbie Saslow, Ph.D., Strategic Director of Screening & Vaccination, ACS, to learn about:

  • Who is affected by Cervical Cancer?
  • What are the different guidelines for screening?
  • How is HPV related to Cervical Cancer?
  • What prevention and recommendations are available?
  • What ACS resources are available to patient education?

 Advance registration is required.

Register Here


ICYMI: Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Year in Review

Last month we featured this infographic that highlights some of WCC's successes throughout 2023. In case you missed it, you can explore the infographic below, or click here for the PDF version with clickable links.

This work wouldn't be possible without you, thank you!

View PDF Version


Spots Still Open to Join the 2024 Survivorship Community of Practice

We are still recruiting health systems and or community-based organizations for our 2024 Survivorship Community of Practice (COP)!

If you want to learn more, or are interested in joining the 2024 Survivorship COP, please contact Alexandria Cull Weatherer at [email protected].

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January is National Radon Action Month

Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed January National Radon Action Month in Wisconsin.

About one out of 10 homes in Wisconsin has high radon levels. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive and can cause lung cancer.

Read the Proclamation
Learn More About Radon in Wisconsin


Thank You, Mary!

This month, Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Outreach Specialist Mary Cianciara left the WCC for a new role in Atlanta, Georgia. We are grateful for everything that Mary did for our Collaborative! She has been an amazing colleague and friend, dedicated to making us a better coalition and program.

Throughout her four years at WCC, Mary led our data and evaluation efforts, which included projects like our County Cancer Profiles, radon work, and WCC program evaluation for the CDC. Join us in thanking Mary for all she did during her time at WCC.

We wish her the best in her new role as a program evaluator for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Congratulations on your new role Mary!

Partner Announcements

A short list of funding opportunities, calls for proposals and other news from our members and partners.

To submit an announcement for an upcoming newsletter please email us.


SmokefreeNATIVE: A National Texting Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives Launches

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Smokefree.gov initiative and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have announced the availability of SmokefreeNATIVE, a free text messaging program to help American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) quit smoking commercial tobacco.

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Pancreas Taskforce Awareness Night Recording

The UW Carbone Pancreas Taskforce held their annual Pancreas Cancer Awareness Night on November 30th. The recording is available to those who may have missed the live event.  

Listen to the Recording


Breast Cancer Survivorship Navigator Virtual Learning Collaborative

The Breast Cancer Survivorship Navigator Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC) is a program through University of Illinois Cancer Center and the organization Young and A Survivor that uses virtual learning to teach best practices of cancer survivorship navigation in underserved communities. This program is open to patient navigators, community health workers, and others who work with breast cancer survivors. This can include people who facilitate breast cancer support groups, participate in health ministries, lay navigators, etc. There is no cost to participate in this training.   


Participants in this free 14-week program will build the expertise needed to provide physical, psychosocial, and practical support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, including young women and women living with metastatic cancer. At each weekly 60 minute session participants will gain practical skills and knowledge in key topic areas such as insurance, work accommodation, sex and intimacy, clinical trials, metastatic disease, and more.  


The only two requirements for participation are: 1) direct patient/client experience with at least three breast cancer clients, and 2) commitment to active participation in the full 14-week series. Because this is case-based learning, each participant will be asked to share one de-identified case for discussion using a clear and easy-to-use form. 

  • Dates: Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - April 30, 2024 
  • Time: Every Tuesday; 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (select sessions will go to 7:30 p.m.)  
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom  
  • Cost: Free  
  • Questions? Contact Talia, VLC Coordinator at [email protected]

Resources and Reports


Sexual Health and Cancer Survivorship Training Module 

A free sexual health and cancer survivorship training module with continuing education credits is available from George Washington Cancer Center.  

Explore the Module


New Palliative Care Toolkit

Check out a new palliative care toolkit/awareness campaign created by George Washington Cancer Center

Explore the Toolkit

Upcoming Events


Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program - Winter Session

Hosted by Advocate Aurora.

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Why Policy? Why Now? Using your voice to bring change.

Hosted by Advocate Aurora.

Jan. 18

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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2024 Us vs. HPV Prevention Week

Hosted by the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer.

Jan. 22 - Jan. 26

Learn More 


Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation

Hosted by the American Cancer Society.

Jan. 23

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.



Understanding Health Insurance

Hosted by Triage Cancer.

Jan. 23

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Understanding and Optimizing Social Support Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Hosted by the National Cancer Institute.

Jan. 23

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Enhancing Capacity for Primary Care Research in Cancer Survivorship: A Workshop for Action

Hosted by the National Cancer Institute.

Feb. 28

10:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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