News from the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative | March 2021
Coming soon! A new way to network.
Since announcing our new name and website last March, we've unveiled a host of new and exciting online tools and resources for our members.

For example...

Now, we're turning our attention to our online Member Networking Directory. How can we help you network with other members, close to home and across the state? How can online networking help you expand the impact of your work? How can creative partnerships and collaboration help reduce the burden of cancer and create healthier communities?

Our online Member Networking Directory can help us do all of that and more. But first, we need your help!

Every active member of the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative has a Member Profile on the members-only section of our website, known as the Member Center. Later this month, we will be emailing you with a special request to review your Member Profile and make sure it's up-to-date. Please watch your inbox for this very important email.

Our Member Center is password-protected. If it's been a while since you last logged in, you can test the process - or request a new password - by clicking on the Member Center button below:
The Member Center is still in development, and new members-only resources are coming soon. If you have questions about your password, your Member Profile, or the Member Center, please let us know!
Raise awareness about ACA open enrollment
Help spread the word! Uninsured Wisconsinites have extra time to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now through May 15.

This special open enrollment period was authorized by President Biden to help counteract some of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 15 million uninsured Americans are eligible for help through the ACA.

Covering Wisconsin has released a social media toolkit to raise awareness about this special enrollment opportunity. Use the graphics and fliers in the toolkit below, and help people in your community get the health insurance coverage they need.

Reversing the decline in cervical cancer screenings during the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has put many routine medical procedures on hold, leading to a decline in cancer screening rates, including cervical cancer screenings.

Cervical cancer can be successfully treated when found early. According to the American Cancer Society, about 14,480 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the US throughout 2021.

Health care systems can take several steps to reach patients who have missed their routine screenings, including those for cervical cancer. Enhancing efforts to reach overdue patients, evaluating higher risk groups first, and using innovative technologies such as telemedicine can help more patients receive the cancer screenings they need.

Cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic, and cancer screenings can save lives. Learn more by reading the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Impact of Covid-19 on Cervical Cancer Screening Rates.
Report: Wisconsin can do a better job of reducing tobacco use
Wisconsin's approach to tobacco control has plenty of room for improvement, according to the 2021 State of Tobacco Control report recently released by the American Lung Association.

This annual report evaluates state and federal progress on tobacco control laws and policies that have been proven effective to save lives. While Wisconsin received an A grade for its smoke-free air policies, the state earned a D grade for its current tobacco tax, as well as F grades for its tobacco prevention and cessation funding, the access it provides to cessation services, and its sale of flavored tobacco products. 

Tobacco remains a leading cause of preventable death and disease and a major contributor to cancer in Wisconsin, causing nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths nationwide.

Learn how your organization can help to reduce tobacco use in Wisconsin.

Preview: New Policy Agenda will help members address pressing cancer issues
The Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative is excited to announce the upcoming release of our new Policy Agenda 2021-2022.

The Policy Agenda is as an educational resource that helps our members understand the connections between cancer prevention and control efforts and legislation, ordinances, and policies on the federal, state, and local levels of government.

Developed by the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative’s Policy Committee and approved by our Steering Committee, the Policy Agenda 2021-2022 identifies six goals drawn from the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030, as well as specific policies and initiatives.

The new Policy Agenda 2021-2022 will be published in the upcoming March issue of Policy Review, our quarterly cancer policy newsletter for members. See below for a preview!

2021-2022 Policy Goals:
  1. Increase availability of and access to comprehensive health insurance coverage.
  2. Decrease tobacco use and exposure to tobacco.
  3. Increase access to cancer prevention vaccination services.
  4. Reduce barriers to cancer screening and increase insurance coverage for diagnostic testing.
  5. Reduce cancer costs incurred by patients and families.
  6. Ensure access to quality palliative care.

The new Policy Agenda will be featured in our April webinar, Cancer Policy Review and Outlook for 2021. Register here to learn more!
Upcoming Webinars
Colorectal Cancer Screening: 2021 Update
Join us as Dr. Durado Brooks, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Screening Business Unit of Exact Sciences Corporation, outlines the state of the science around colorectal cancer screening.

Topics will include: epidemiologic trends in CRC incidence and mortality; demonstrated benefits of screening; CRC screening rate trends and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on screening; disparities in CRC screening and outcomes; discussion of similarities and differences between the screening guidelines from the ACS and the USPSTF; evidence supporting specific testing methods.
Thursday, March 11
10 - 11 am
Cancer Policy Review and Outlook for 2021
The past year witnessed the passage of several cancer-related bills, and the year ahead will be focused on the upcoming Wisconsin state budget. Join our April webinar as Amy Johnson, Policy Coordinator for the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative, leads a helpful discussion of these bills and budget items, and introduces our new 2021-2022 Policy Agenda.
Thursday, April 8
10 - 11 am
Skin Cancer Prevention during the Pandemic
Wisconsinites may be spending more time outdoors this summer, thanks to COVID-19. Learn how we can work together to reduce the risk of skin cancer during the pandemic.
Thursday, May 13
10 - 11 am
Member Resources
Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers
Primary care providers play a critical role in providing follow-up care for cancer survivors, including addressing many of the physical, psychological, practical, informational, and spiritual challenges that can arise after the completion of cancer treatment.

Clinicians can learn about caring for survivors of adult-onset cancers through this series of ten enduring online educational modules.

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
The FDA is providing fact sheets on the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

These fact sheets are available in many languages to help raise awareness about the available COVID-19 vaccines. Help spread awareness about COVID-19 vaccines and how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Social Media Toolkit
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

This toolkit from the GW Cancer Center is designed to help you implement evidence-based practices when communicating about colorectal cancer. It can also help you plan, implement, and evaluate your social media strategy.

WMJ: New report examines trends in HPV vaccine uptake
The March issue of the Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) features a new report on current trends in HPV vaccine uptake across Wisconsin and the United States, thanks to lead author Alexandria Cull Weatherer, MPH, outreach specialist with the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative. Congratulations, Alexandria!
Member Events Calendar
Month of March
Go Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
Hosted by the Colon Cancer Coalition
March 10-31
Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program
Hosted by Aurora Healthcare
March 11
Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Screening
Hosted by the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
March 16
14th Annual (and 1st Virtual) Carbone Cancer Center Research Retreat
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
March 24
Choosing the Right Trustee
Hosted by Gilda's Club Madison
Would you like to add a virtual event to our Member Events Calendar?