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 Issue 73                                                                                  August 2015
In This Issue
WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting
"WI's Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening" Grant Funded
CCC Implementation Grants
WI Biennial Budget Passes
In Case You Missed It...
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Greetings from the CCC Program! 

Dear WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Partner,

We hope you are enjoying a relaxing and restful summer! The August CCC Newsletter includes a few important updates, including information regarding the WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 22nd in Madison. Please mark this date on your calendar! Registration information will be made available soon. 


We would also like to remind our partners that is undergoing a makeover to provide an interactive version of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020. We anticipate that the revised website will be made live this month. While we have been assured there will be no "down time" with our website, if you have any difficulty accessing the website during the transition, please contact Sarah Kerch at or 608-262-8559. We greatly appreciate your patience during this process!  

Your WI CCC Program Team

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Save the Date! WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 22, 2015

The WI Cancer Council invites you to attend the WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting on October 22, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison, WI. The WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting will kick off with a Member Appreciation Luncheon at 12 PM. The Annual Meeting will begin after lunch and will include: 

  • Panel of WI Cancer Council members sharing their strategies to promote and implement the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020, along with demonstrations of tools to assist members with WI CCC Plan promotion and implementation
  • Networking opportunities to collaborate with fellow WI Cancer Council members
  • Feedback session for WI Cancer Council members to share how the WI Cancer Council can better support their cancer control activities 
More information, including registration information, will be included in the September CCC Newsletter. In the meantime, if you have questions please contact Sarah Kerch, Partnership Coordinator, at or 608-262-8599.
"WI's Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening" Grant Funded
The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program through the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center has been awarded a 5 year, $2.5 million grant to implement "Wisconsin's Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening". With this grant, The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program will collaborate with the Center for Urban Population Health, American Cancer Society, Milwaukee area community health centers, City of Milwaukee Health Department and the WI Primary Care Association to increase partnerships in Milwaukee that support improved access to and use of colorectal cancer screening for the target population.

This funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention will expand collaborations that are being built with Milwaukee area community health centers to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in their patient population. This will decrease disparities in screening and colorectal cancer mortality among urban, African American, Hispanic and Hmong men and women living below the poverty line in Milwaukee and help Wisconsin reach its goal of 80% of adults aged 50-75 years old screened by 2018. The Principal Investigator of this grant is Dr. Noelle LoConte at UWCCC and the Project Directors are Amy Conlon, MPH, at WI CCC Program and David Frazer, MPH, at the Center for Urban Population Health.
WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program CCC Implementation Grants

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is delighted to share the 2015 recipients of the CCC Implementation Grants. This year's grant program was very competitive, with nearly 40 applications received. The intent of the CCC Implementation Grants is to fund local projects that address cancer prevention and control efforts in Wisconsin, linking directly to the priorities or strategies in the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020. The projects began in April 2015 and will be funded through October 2016. See below for more information regarding the six projects funded by the 2015 CCC Implementation Grants Program. You may also be interested in viewing a video of the CCC Implementation Grantees' presentations from the 2015 WI CCC Summit. 


Indianhead's Head Start Tobacco Cessation Initiative

Organization: Indian Head Community Action Agency

Priority 1 - Decreasing tobacco use and exposure

Indianhead Community Action Agency is working to decrease tobacco use and exposure among their Early Head Start/Head Start families through education about the dangers of tobacco and targeted interventions. Agency staff will be trained on how to engage parents in discussions through motivational interviewing and will help them set smoking cessation goals.


Fruit and Vegetable Rx

Organization: Agnesian Cancer Center

Priority 2 - Increase healthy, active lifestyles

All newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at Agnesian Cancer Center will be screened for obesity and, if appropriate, given the opportunity to enroll in the Fruit and Vegetable Rx program.  Participants in the six month program will receive a weekly box of fresh produce along with support and education from a registered dietitian.


Reducing cancer risk disparities among LGBT People in Wisconsin

Organization: Diverse and Resilient, Inc.

Priority 2 - Increase healthy, active lifestyles

Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals face a number of health disparities. Diverse and Resilient, Inc. is committed to addressing these disparities through outreach, education and the creation of a new resource -

LGBT Passport to Health - that will include information about risk factors, healthy living, cancer screening recommendations and more.


Community Support for HPV Vaccine Completion

Organization: Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department

Priority 4 - Increase HPV vaccine completion

The Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department project has two goals - to increase knowledge and acceptance of the HPV vaccine among teens and their caregivers and also increase access to the HPV vaccine. A comprehensive promotional campaign will be used to reach youth, especially boys, and their parents.


Healthy Hmong Families: Advancing Equity through Lay Health Education

Organization: Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health

Priority 7 - Increase use of recommended cancer screenings

The Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health is dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to recommended cancer screenings among the Hmong population. Community Health Workers and Youth Health Messengers will be used to educate and encourage cancer screening within the community.


Advance Care Planning in Independent Critical Access Hospitals
Organization: Honoring Choices Wisconsin

Priority 11 - Increase advance care planning

Honoring Choices Wisconsin, an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society, is working to overcome the barriers that independent rural hospitals face to implement advance care planning. Honoring Choices is working with four additional hospitals to implement the Honoring Choices Wisconsin program and will develop a regional support network in southwest Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Biennial Budget Passes
The 2015-2017 Biennial Budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) was signed into law by Governor Walker on July 12, 2015. There are number of the provisions in the law that are noteworthy to the cancer community as they relate to objectives in the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan in the areas of prevention, screening, and treatment. The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the WI Tobacco Prevention and Control Program received level funding, while the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, which provides preventative health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage, received a one-time increase in funding of $100,000.
For more information on the budget, click here. If you have further questions about the budget, feel free to contact Emily Reynolds, WI CCC Program Policy Coordinator at or 608-262-7285.


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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.