Fighting Cancer in Wisconsin's American Indian Communities

Project Overview (PDF)

7th Funding Cycle Development Award

Project Start Date: January 1, 2012
Project End Date: December 31, 2013 - No Cost Extension Through: June 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.

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  Community Partner(s):

Primary Community Partner:  Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • 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

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  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

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
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