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 Issue 96                                                                                     July 2017
In This Issue
The State of Cancer Control in WI
The Senate Health Care Bill and Cancer
Tumor Board May Expand
A Prescription for Produce
Revisiting High-Risk Pools in WI
Thank you, Morgan Scrobel!
HPV Vaccine Summits: Register Now
Annual Meeting Content Online
Member Events
Quick Links
Greetings from the CCC Program! 
Dear WI Cancer Council members,
 
Recently members of our staff performed an exercise: Describe our work in a single word. It was tricky; and though we each responded differently, our answers exist in the same constellation: we educate; we engage; we convene; we cultivate. In short, we gather our members around a shared and essential purpose, and we trust that our impact together can be greater than our impact apart.
 
As health care policy continues to dominate headlines, the importance of our collaboration only grows stronger. From small but powerful changes like offering fresh produce to cancer patients, to a tumor board that may get a $1 million expansion, we're happy to bring you news of cancer control efforts across our state.
 
Thank you for being a crucial part of cancer control in Wisconsin.
 
Your WI CCC Program Team
The State of Cancer Control in Wisconsin
Mark your calendars for Oct. 4 webinar

Your WI CCC Program team is excited to announce the 2017 "State of the State of Cancer Control in Wisconsin." This event will be open to all WI Cancer Council members and will be hosted via a webinar, 1-2 pm on Oct. 4, 2017. (Look for login details in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.)
 
Program staff have been updating the WI CCC Plan measures and analyzing the information members provided in the recent round of membership commitment forms. We hope these two sets of information, when combined, will identify work that remains to be done and inform the WI Cancer Council 's efforts to establish an Implementation Work Plan this fall.
 
The Implementation Work Plan will help staff and Council members focus our efforts and accelerate progress in areas of greatest need.
 
Staff will share the updated measures, the commitment form analysis, and an update on the Implementation Work Plan with Cancer Council members during the Oct. 4 webinar. Any questions can be directed to Sarah Kerch, Partnership Coordinator.
 
To see how your work supports the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020, check out our interactive tool, Your Role in Cancer Control.

The Senate Health Care Bill and Cancer
Major changes may be in store for cancer community

The Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would have significant impact on the cancer community, according to a new policy update from the WI CCC Program.
 
Read the full policy update here:
 
The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would, among other changes, eliminate funding for cancer prevention, limit Medicaid recipients' access to cancer screening and treatment, and increase out-of-pocket costs for many Americans, which would particularly affect cancer patients and survivors.
 
Senate Republican leadership postponed a vote on the BCRA at the end of June. Senators are currently exploring several revisions to the bill, including a possible amendment that would specifically affect individuals with pre-existing conditions. A revised version of the bill is expected soon, with a vote still planned for this summer.
 
Learn more by reading the full policy update: The Senate Health Care Bill and Cancer . Visit wicancer.org for additional updates as more information is released.

Health care reform affects virtually every priority of the WI CCC Plan; for some of the most relevant strategies and action steps, see:

Tumor Board May Get $1 Million Expansion
State tumor board advances quality cancer care

Last month, the WI State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to approve an omnibus motion that included $1 million over the biennium to support the expansion of the Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board.
 
Launched at the UW Carbone Cancer Center in 2015, the Tumor Board convenes experts in oncology, pharmacy, genetics, and more to provide recommendations on targeted, patient-specific treatments to cancer patients and doctors across Wisconsin. The additional funding would allow the board to work with more providers and create a database that could help patients and providers across the country.
 
In a separate omnibus motion last month, the Joint Finance Committee also voted to provide $1 million to local public health departments to control and prevent communicable disease. The full Legislature must approve the Budget before it moves on to Gov. Scott Walker's desk for signature.
 
Initiatives like the Tumor Board that advance quality cancer care throughout the state are supported by the WI Cancer Council Policy Agenda
 
For strategies and action steps in the WI CCC Plan, see:
Meet the Grantee: A Prescription for Produce
MEET THE GRANTEE showcases CCC grant recipients and their cancer control successes 

Through a 2015 CCC Implementation Grant, breast cancer patients in the Fond du Lac area received a surprisingly simple source of help during their treatment: a weekly supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.
 
Agnesian HealthCare's Fruit and Vegetable Rx Program "was designed to teach newly diagnosed breast cancer patients about healthy lifestyles while reducing barriers they may face to practicing this lifestyle with the new burden of the cancer diagnosis."
 
All newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at Agnesian Cancer Center, Ripon Medical Center, and Waupun Memorial Hospital were screened for obesity. Women with a body mass index of 25 or above were invited to enroll in the Fruit and Vegetable Rx Program.
 
Participants received a free box of fresh produce once a week for six months and were regularly surveyed to measure impact. Twenty-two women completed the program.
 
"Many patients reported a healthier diet and higher energy levels during the six months when they received the fruits and vegetables," according to the program's final report. "The patients report feeling emotionally connected to and very supported by the cancer center through this program."
 
After the six-month period, the average BMI among participants decreased from 38.62 to 38.37, and the number of fruits and vegetables consumed increased from 4.2 per day to 5.4.
 
The Fruit and Vegetable Rx Program had a positive impact on patients, who gained an "understanding of healthy lifestyles in reducing future cancers," as well as staff:
 
"Receiving this grant and implementing it for close to a year helped drive a larger discussion of container gardening at Agnesian HealthCare and moved conversations forward with leaders to encourage system and environmental change," according to the report. "The grant assisted in creating a new holistic view of care."
 
For more information about the "Fruit and Vegetable Rx Program", contact Heather Bowen .

How can your hospital offer fresh fruits and vegetables? 
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For strategies and action steps in the WI CCC Plan, see:

New Member Resource: Revisiting High-Risk Pools in WI
A new fact sheet from the WI CCC Program explores the reemergence of high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions.
 
High-risk pools have become a popular proposal in the current health care reform debate. Wisconsin's former program, the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP), is being promoted as a national model.
 
The latest fact sheet, titled Revisiting Wisconsin's Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP), poses important questions for advocates and policymakers considering how to reform the health insurance market .
 
For people living with cancer, do high-risk pools like HIRSP represent one step forward, or two steps back? Who was eligible for HIRSP, and how much did it cost? How might cancer patients be affected if a HIRSP-like program was to return?
 
Learn the answers to these questions and more by reading the full fact sheet: Revisiting Wisconsin's Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP).


Thank you to Morgan Scrobel!
A beloved student assistant moves on

The WI CCC Program will soon say goodbye to longtime student assistant Morgan Scrobel, who leaves this summer to begin a Master of Public Health program.
 
Morgan joined the team in 2015 and quickly assumed responsibilities above and beyond those typical of a student worker. She has been instrumental in managing our monthly newsletter, updating our website, maintaining our contact database, preparing for partner meetings, and introducing our team to social media.
 
"Morgan's day-to-day support has been invaluable," said Partnership Coordinator Sarah Kerch, who worked closely with Morgan on the newsletter and Annual Meeting, among other projects. "We're going to miss her enthusiasm, her creativity, and her commitment to our membership."
 
Morgan graduated from UW-Madison in May 2017 with a degree in Life Sciences Communication. She next heads to Atlanta, Ga., for the MPH program at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

HPV Summits: Registration Open

The purpose of the Summits is to improve HPV immunization rates across Wisconsin, by providing current state-specific HPV data, HPV vaccine safety information, and ways to advocate for increased support of adolescent immunizations.
 
Participants will enjoy interactive sessions, best practices from regional experts, and a forum for discussing successes and barriers to HPV immunization. Advocates and providers are encouraged to attend.
 
See the full agenda and list of speakers online. Registration costs $15. For more information, contact Sarah Mroz, outreach program coordinator.
   
The summits are sponsored by the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Immunization Program, and the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center. 
 
For strategies and action steps in the WI CCC Plan, see:

Annual Meeting Content Online
Did you miss the WI Cancer Council's Annual Meeting in May? You can now access all presentation slides and handouts on our website.
 
Presentations include:
  • Reducing Breast and Lung Cancer Disparities in WI
  • The Alcohol-Cancer Connection
  • Partnerships to Promote HPV Vaccinations
  • Innovative Ways to Discuss Clinical Trials
Download, read, learn, and share!

Member Events
Share your upcoming events with other WI Cancer Council members by emailing them to Carrie Kilman
CME/CE Webinar
July 25, 2017, 1 - 2 pm

Sept. 23, 2017, 8 am - 3 pm
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203  


 Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.


The CCC Newsletter is a monthly publication of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Wisconsin Cancer Council. Its purpose is to share information on cancer prevention and control as it relates to our members in Wisconsin.

For more information or to suggest a story for an upcoming issue, please contact Carrie Kilman at cakilman@wisc.edu.