Fighting Cancer in Wisconsin's American Indian Communities

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date:   1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2013 - No Cost Extension Through: 6/30/2014
     Award Amount:       $200,000

Project Goal Statement: To build the public health capacity of Wisconsin’s rural and urban American Indian communities and clinics to accurately target and culturally tailor specific cancer programs and services.

 Community Partner(s):

Primary Community Partner: Kristin Hill, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
Additional community partner organization name(s):

  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Red Cliff Community Health Center
  • Spirit of EAGLES, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Wisconsin Cancer Council
 Academic Partner(s):

Primary Academic Partner: J. Frank Wilson, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology
Additional Academic Partners: Elaine Drew, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine

 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary January 2012 - August 2012 
Project Progress Report Summary September 2012 - August 2013
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Red Cliff Community Health Center
Spirit of EAGLES, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Wisconsin Cancer Council

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by the project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Hosted community event featuring Dr. Lance Whitehair, MD from the Center for American Indian Minority Health, University of Minnesota-Duluth on cancer basics, cancer and the Native American population and cancer prevention (September 25, 2012)
    • Hosted a Women's Health Fair and Men's Health Fair at the Red Cliff Community Health Center to share information about cancer prevention and screening and education by tribal elders about cancer survivorship
    • Developed a 32-minute documentary film titled “Red Cliff Cancer Stories” sharing the cancer experiences of Red Cliff community members and distributed to Native CIRCLE, a national resource center for AI/AN specific educational materials on cancer
    • Held a Celebration of the Spirit event to honor loved ones who died from or survived cancer, distributed educational materials and showed the project’s documentary (December 2013)
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at the annual Share the Care conference (2014)
    • Poster presentation at the annual Wisconsin Cancer Council meeting
Contact Us

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