Outreach - helping the public clearly understand cancer's impact on our daily lives - is a key component of any cancer center that earns the coveted "comprehensive" designation from the National Cancer Institute. The UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) is engaged in an extensive, ongoing effort to provide training, education and outreach to the communities it serves.
Contact Noelle LoConte, MD for more information on interventions that the UWCCC supports including:
- Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
- Wisconsin Cancer Council
- Cancer Health Disparities Initiative
- Spirit of EAGLES
- Rural Cancer Disparities Project
- Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
- Pain and Policy Studies Group
- Regional Cancer Center Network
The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (WI CCC) is the state's cancer prevention and control program that promotes the implementation of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2010-2015 serves as the foundation for the WI CCC Program and as a common framework for action in cancer prevention and control over the next several years. The Wisconsin Cancer Council, the coalition of organizations dedicated to the development and coordination of the WI CCC Program, serves as the Program's partnership arm.
WI CCC Program implements projects that affect the whole continuum of cancer care, from prevention to palliative care. Each year the projects are developed with the input of the Wisconsin Cancer Council Steering Committee. The staff and infrastructure for these projects are based at the UWCCC. The Program's goal continues to be to reduce the burden of cancer for all in Wisconsin by working collaboratively and comprehensively throughout the cancer care continuum.
The Wisconsin Cancer Council is a coalition of 90 statewide, regional and local organizations dedicated to the development and coordination of a comprehensive cancer control program in Wisconsin. The objectives of the Wisconsin Cancer Council are to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancer in the state by stimulating communication between cancer-control organizations in Wisconsin; advocating for cancer control through policy, systems, and environmental changes and research; and developing and coordinating projects that require the interaction of various cancer control organizations in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Cancer Council has been based at the UWCCC since 1980.
The Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) seeks to increase the capacity of communities and the UWCCC to reduce inequities in cancer burden through research, outreach and education. In partnership with colleagues across UWCCC, the communities it serves, and the UW Madison campus, CHDI centers attention and resources on addressing cancer health disparities by promoting and facilitating research, building new organizational and community partnerships, conducting outreach and organizing education and training. CHDI invites community partners and UW faculty and staff to join the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative as affiliate members.
Spirit of EAGLES
The Spirit of EAGLES program addresses comprehensive cancer control among American Indians through partnerships with tribes, the Network for Cancer Control Research among American Indian / Alaska Native populations, multiple cancer centers, the American Cancer Society and many other partners. The Spirit of EAGLES program at UWCCC serves Native communities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Our outreach staff work with rural communities in the UWCCC catchment area to promote cancer education and control activities and increase rural patients' access to timely and appropriate screening, treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.
In 2012, the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) reached 20 years of helping smokers to quit. UW-CTRI is nationally recognized for its ground-breaking tobacco research that is translated into tobacco treatment. UW-CTRI conducts tobacco research not just in its own labs in Madison and Milwaukee, but also in healthcare clinics throughout Wisconsin. Beyond studying ways to improve treatments, other studies at UW-CTRI are looking at how we can improve the effectiveness of community, state and national responses to reduce the emotional, physical, and financial consequences of smoking.
UW-CTRI also provides services to thousands of Wisconsin residents through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, which offers free coaching to anyone anywhere in Wisconsin 24/7, supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Since the launch of UW-CTRI's Outreach Program in 2001 as part of a comprehensive, statewide tobacco control program, UW-CTRI outreach specialists have worked with virtually every health-care system and insurer - as well as thousands of clinics and dozens of hospitals across Wisconsin.
Pain and Policy Studies Group
The Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG) strives to improve global pain relief by achieving legitimate access to prescription opioid analgesics worldwide, focusing primarily on the legislative and regulatory environments governing professional healthcare practice relating to pain management. Much of this work, which is guided by a public health approach, aims to address governmental and regulatory policy barriers to medical use of prescription opioid analgesics that are essential for severe pain relief and palliative care. Activities typically are accomplished through collaborative efforts with colleagues from a wide range of institutions, including UW and other academic institutions, global and U.S. national and state agencies, and global associations of professionals, health care providers and patients. Recently, the PPSG has been instrumental in establishing and sharing an interactive online resource that illustrates the global use of prescription opioids for medical purposes. This research tool is being embraced by users from around the world, including being adopted by the United Nations through the World Health Organization.