In recent decades, treatments for cancer have improved and deaths due to cancer have decreased. But unfortunately, not all Americans benefit equally from these successes. Many groups in Wisconsin and nationwide, often defined by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and place of residence experience a greater burden of cancer along the continuum from prevention to detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of life.
The goal of the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) at the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) is to reduce inequities in the cancer burden experienced by populations in Wisconsin and beyond through research, education and outreach. In partnership with colleagues across the 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, providing technical assistance, building new organizational and community partnerships, conducting outreach and organizing education and training.
CHDI Resource Center
CHDI has developed an on-line resource center which provides regularly updated news and information about cancer health disparities. The CHDI Resource Center also contains updates regarding funding, conferences, and events as well as links to CHDI reports, tools, other resources and a video archive.
Visit the CHDI Resource Center.
CHDI Affiliate Program
The CHDI Affiliate Program serves as a forum that provides affiliates with resource information, technical assistance in building relationships between communities and faculty, research mentorship, and training opportunities. We invite faculty, academic staff and representatives of community organizations to join us in creating a rich learning community committed to reducing cancer health disparities.
Interested parties can sign up using our web-based membership form.
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. Spirit of EAGLES at UWCCC is a program of CHDI.
Visit the Spirit of EAGLES website.
Rural Cancer Disparities Project
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.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Linskens, Community Health Educator.