UW Carbone Cancer Center Grant Will Improve Screening in Milwaukee

Madison, Wisconsin – African-Americans in Milwaukee have higher death rates than whites from colorectal cancer yet are less likely to have the screening tests that can catch the cancer early, when it can be treated.


The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program hopes to reduce this health disparity through a new effort called "Wisconsin's Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening."


The program, which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center, has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to improve access to, and use of, colorectal cancer screening among African-Americans, Hispanics and Hmong living in urban Milwaukee.


"We look forward to building collaborations within Milwaukee and its area community health clinics to increase CRC screening rates in their patient population," said Dr. Noelle LoConte, a colorectal cancer specialist at UW Carbone, who is the principal investigator for the effort.


This program is designed to decrease disparities in screening and colorectal cancer deaths among African American, Hispanic and Hmong men and women living below the poverty line in Milwaukee. It will also help Wisconsin reach its goal of screening 80 percent of adults ages 50 to 75 by 2018.


Groups working together on the project include the UW Center for Urban Population Health, American Cancer Society, Milwaukee area community health centers, City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. Project directors are Amy Conlon, MPH, at WI CCC Program and David Frazer, MPH at the Center for Urban Population Health.


Over the first year of the project, project partners will work with the Milwaukee area community health centers to jointly assess the needs and capacity of each clinic to effectively conduct colorectal cancer screening and look to improve each clinic’s provider and patient education opportunities as well as patient navigation and reminder systems. In future years, the project will also work with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to establish a Colorectal Cancer Community Taskforce in Milwaukee to break down the misconceptions and barriers to colorectal cancer screening that exist in its communities.

Date Published: 08/07/2015

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