Cancer Center

Community Advisory Board

Our Mission: To advise the MCW Cancer Center and help address cancer disparities in eastern Wisconsin through authentic community engagement and research in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

An important goal of the MCW Cancer Center is to identify and address cancer disparities and the cancer prevention and control needs of our catchment area. To fulfill this goal, the cancer center developed a community advisory board. The MCW Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) serves as an essential link between the cancer center and the community, promoting the equitable and consistent exchange of information and ideas about ways to address the cancer burden faced by those living in eastern Wisconsin.
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CAB Meetings, Documents and Accomplishments

The CAB is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to eliminating the terrible burden of cancer health disparities in the city of Milwaukee. After learning that Milwaukee’s African Americans develop cancer at much higher rates, and are much more likely to die from cancers, the CAB acted to understand and address these disparities. The CAB drives, guides and participates in community-engaged research, cancer prevention and control activities, and clinical care efforts that have a major impact on the health of the people of Milwaukee, and the results are amazing.

Upcoming Meetings and Events
Quarterly CAB Meetings
Jan - April - July - Oct
Fourth Thursday, 9:00-11:00 am
Please note that the July 2019 CAB meeting is cancelled.  Next meeting will be in October 2019.

CAB Leadership Meetings
Second Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 am, MCW Cancer Center, Room C5318

Working Group Meetings
1. Prevention & Healthy Communities:
Second Fridays of the month, suspended in the summer months  

2. Diverse Workforce and Pipeline Working Group:
Second Tuesdays, suspended in the summer months

3. Governance and Membership Committee: As Needed

4. NCI Designation Communications and Activities: As Needed
Projects and Accomplishments
MCW Cancer Center CAB Receives BizTimes Healthcare Heroes Award for 2018!

In-Process CAB Projects and Events:
CE Core Grant Awarded to CAB member Mikel Holt and Ryan Spellecy to study disparities in cancer clinical research participation
Summer Internship in Cancer Disparities, ongoing with partner Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Cancer Navigator Position to Address Minority Participation in Clinical Trials
ACS Kohl's Healthy Families Award for High School Cancer Prevention Project, Awarded April 2015
Phyllis Holder, member of MCW Cancer Center Scientific Review Committee since July 2015

Completed CAB Projects, Events and Accomplishments:
CAB Strategic Goals, Developed and approved, late 2017/early 2018
A Community Conversation About Tuskegee
A Community Conversation About Henrietta Lacks
CAB Operating Guidelines developed and approved, Oct 2016
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Racial Equity & Inclusion in Cancer Disparities Grant, Awarded Fall 2015
Conversations with Scientists Cancer 101, April-May 2016
2015, 2016 and 2017 Summer Internships in Cancer Disparities (12 students)
Cancer Moonshot Summit and Recommendations, June 29, 2016
Full board retreat and working session, July 2015