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 Issue 72                                                                                  July 2015
In This Issue
A Note from Nancy Freeman
WI Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum Success
US Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies
Revised Website Coming Soon
Inside Knowledge Event on Gynecologic Cancer
Points of Transition in Cancer Care Grants Awarded
Partner Events
Quick Links
Greetings from the CCC Program! 

Dear WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Partner,

As we welcome July we must also say goodbye to Nancy Freeman as she leaves us for retirement. Nancy has brought the cancer control community in Wisconsin so much throughout her 37 year career. Colleagues like Nancy do not come along often and the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program feels incredibly fortunate to have had her part of our team for so long. We will certainly miss her but wish her the best in her adventures as a retiree. Below you will find a note to our partners from Nancy. 

Please also see below to read more about the great success of the Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum held in early June. We are also happy to announce that all WI CCC Summit presentations can now be found online

Happy 4th of July! 

Your WI CCC Program Team

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A Note from Nancy Freeman

Dear WI Cancer Council members and Wisconsin's Cancer Community:


It is with mixed feelings that I am retiring from my (long!) career in cancer control on July 3rd. I began my career with the American Cancer Society-Wisconsin Division 37 years ago. In the ensuing years,  I have seen cancer become an increasingly important issue in the medical and public health communities and cancer from being a mostly incurable disease to one often being considered a chronic, or manageable disease. I know full well that there remains much to be done, and that far too many people don't "make it", but I also have seen wonderful and encouraging progress in prevention, screening, treatment and the inception and growth of the concepts of survivorship and palliative care. It is truly gratifying. 


I am proud of whatever role I might have played in bringing talented young people into the cancer community either as a volunteer or as a professional colleague, and seeing the contributions that they are making in cancer control and public health. 


However, the real joy of my career has been the opportunity to work with dedicated, brilliant, caring, insightful and wonderful people from all professions and all walks of life; from a Nobel Prize winner, to community volunteers organizing a cancer support group. People like you. I cannot begin to thank all of you who made my life's work meaningful and rewarding. You are truly a gift. And I am a very, very lucky person.


I am really pleased that Sarah Kerch MPH has accepted the role of Partnership Coordinator for the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. She will provide great support to the WI Cancer Council and to the WCC Steering Committee, as well as to the WI CCC Program team. She has been a wonderful colleague and friend and I am confident that I am leaving the WCC in good and able hands. Sarah will bring new ideas and energy to the organization and I look forward to seeing great things happening with the wonderful partnerships you all bring. 


Thank you for your friendship and all that you do to make the world a better place. 

WI Healthy Hospitals and Clinics Forum a Success!

Over 100 Wisconsin hospital and clinic staff attended the WI Healthy Hospitals and Clinics Forum on Friday, June 5, 2015.  The Forum brought together hospitals and clinics interested in making food and beverages in their facilities healthier for patients, visitors, and staff.  Karen Timberlake, Director of UW Population Health Institute, kicked off the day by connecting the dots with hospital enviroments and the broader obesity prevention movement.  Throughout the day, speakers from around the state shared their successes and challenges with implementing healthy food and beverage strategies.  All power point presentations are available at  The Forum organizers plan to continue to facilitate networking through a WI Healthy Hospital Community of Practice.  For more information, contact Emily Reynolds,

US Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, June 25, 2015 to uphold the Affordable Care Act subsidies granted to low and middle income individuals buying health insurance through both federal and state health insurance exchanges. This decision is particularly important for Wisconsin because nearly 91% of the 183,155 Wisconsin residents who currently have health insurance on the exchange receive subsidies.
Revised Website Coming Soon

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program's website is getting a makeover! The website address,, will remain the same but will be updated to improve usability and increase opportunities to implement the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020. Considerable efforts have been made to incorporate feedback received from partners and Wisconsin Cancer Council members. Work to revise the website is still underway but we anticipate a launch date this summer. We look forward to sharing more information shortly! 

14th Annual Symposium - Advances in Multi-Disciplinary Cancer Care - November 6, 2015
Living and Dying: The Art and Science of End-of-Life Care
Friday, November 6, 2015 
Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

The UW Carbone Cancer Center's annual fall conference will examine how all cancer patients approaching the end of life deserve high-quality, compassionate, evidence-based care, consistent with their wishes. This conference is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers,clergy/chaplains, outreach specialists, administrators, survivors and caregivers. Click here to see the full agenda and to register.


If your organization is a WI Cancer Council member and you are a designated representative to the WI Cancer Council, you are eligible for a reduced registration fee. Information on the reduced fees and passwords will be sent via email to all WCC members. Or contact Sarah Kerch at for more information. 
In Case You Missed It

Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Minority Health Program Mini-Grant Program

is now accepting application. More information can be found here. 

A recent study published on June 12 in the journal Tobacco Control found increasing the tobacco sales age to 21 decreases teen tobacco use. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine also found that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will decrease use and save lives. 


Partner Events

Highlights of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown

3223 East Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI 

July 18, 2015

CCC Plan Update 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 partners in Wisconsin.

For more information, contact: Sarah Kerch, Communication & Events Coordinator, or 608-266-8599.