Explore what's in store at the all-virtual 2020 Wisconsin Cancer Summit

Oct. 28-29, 2020

All sessions will be held via Zoom. You must register for each day separately.

DAY 1 | OCT. 28 | 12 - 3 PM

Agenda

12 pm

Welcome

Dr. Melinda Stolley, Medical College of Wisconsin

12:10 pm

Keynote: Leading Through Uncertainty

Dr. Lisa Richardson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1 pm

Plan Overview: A Blueprint for Reducing the Cancer Burden in Wisconsin

Sarah Kerch, MPH, Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative

1:10 pm

BREAK

1:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Success Stories We Can Learn From

Featuring expert panelists from across Wisconsin

2:15 pm

BREAK

2:25 pm

Networking Breakout Sessions: Putting the Wisconsin Cancer Plan Into Action

Facilitated by Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Steering Committee members

2:55 pm

Closing

Dr. Melinda Stolley, Medical College of Wisconsin

DAY 2 | OCT. 29 | 9 AM - 12 PM

Agenda

9 am

Welcome

Dr. Melinda Stolley, Medical College of Wisconsin

9:10 am

Keynote: Race, Racism, and Health Equity: How Do the Dots Connect to Impact Cancer Control?

Ginny Finn, JD, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

10:10 am
Keynote: Policy and Systems Change: A Call to Action to Advance Health Equity

Dr. Staci Young, Medical College of Wisconsin

10:45 am
BREAK
10:50 am
Regional Networking Sessions

Facilitated by local experts from each region

11:55 am
Closing

Dr. Melinda Stolley, Medical College of Wisconsin

DAY 1 | OCT. 28 | 12 - 3 PM

Session Descriptions

KEYNOTE
Leading Through Uncertainty

About this session

Comprehensive cancer control programs and their partners play an essential role in reducing cancer risks and burdens in communities nationwide. These collaborations are even more critical as our nation continues to address the prolonged social, economic, and clinical care crises that remain in the wake of the CoVID-19 pandemic. The cancer control community adapted quickly as the crisis unfolded and worked in partnership with public health to reduce the threat of the virus for people with cancer while continuing to provide the best possible support and care to those who needed it most. In a post-COVID-19 world, these same partnerships will be key in sustaining the gains in cancer prevention and control.

Presented by

Dr. Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

PLAN OVERVIEW
A Blueprint for Reducing the Cancer Burden in Wisconsin

About this session

How can Wisconsin reduce the burden of cancer for everyone? Let's get a brief overview of the new Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030, to help frame our state’s approach to cancer control. We can use the Wisconsin Cancer Plan as a guide throughout the Summit, as we explore lessons learned and best practices from around the state.

Presented by

Sarah Kerch, MPH

Director, Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative

PANEL DISCUSSION
Success Stories We Can Learn From

About this session

Experts from across Wisconsin will share successful initiatives spanning the cancer control continuum. Learn from their success stories and gain tangible ideas and inspiration that can be applied to your own work.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding and delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate health education
  • Increasing cancer screening rates
  • Working with partners
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Hospice and palliative care delivery
  • Understanding rural cancer data

Presented by

  • Mayhoua Moua, Executive Director, Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc.
  • Carol Cameron, Program Manager, Wisconsin Pink Shawl Initiative
  • Andrea Larson, RN, BSN OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin
  • Megan Federighe, Director of Market Development, VITAS Healthcare
  • Dr. Noelle LoConte, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
NETWORKING BREAKOUT SESSION
Putting the Wisconsin Cancer Plan Into Action

About this session

Participants will break out into networking sessions organized by chapter areas of the new Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030: Risk Reduction; Early Detection and Screening; Treatment; Survivorship; and End of Life.

PLEASE NOTE: Health Equity (Chapter 1) and Data (Chapter 7) will be discussed in each networking session.

Moderated by

Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Steering Committee members

DAY 2 | OCT. 29 | 9 AM - 12 PM

Session Descriptions

KEYNOTE
Race, Racism & Health Equity: How Do the Dots Connect to Impact Cancer Control?

About this session

The first chapter of the new Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030 is “Health Equity” because this forms the foundation for all other chapters. How we understand race and racism, and how the trauma of racism has burdened us all, requires a better understanding of our past, as well as a common language for solving challenging problems in cancer control.

Presented by

Ginny Finn, JD

President and CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

KEYNOTE
Policy and Systems Change: A Call to Action to Advance Health Equity

Description coming soon

Presented by

Dr. Staci Young, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Communities and Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

NETWORKING BREAKOUT SESSION
Regional Connections

About this session

Network with peers in your region, and learn about successful cancer control programs close to home.

For help selecting your region, view the DHS regions by county.

Moderated by

  • Tobi Cawthra: Southeastern region
  • Julia Stanley: Southern region
  • Christie Harris: Western region
  • Sandy Bernier: Northeastern region
  • Marshfield Clinic staff: Northern region

Speaker bios and affiliations are listed below.

Speaker Bios

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Sandy Bernier, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Coordinator, Fond du Lac County Health Department: Like many others, Sandy Bernier has a personal connection to losing people close to her to cancer. She lost a mother, brother, and aunt to pancreatic cancer, and watched seven of her eight siblings fall into the trap of tobacco addiction. Sandy is an active member of the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative's Steering Committee and has worked in tobacco prevention and control for more than 20 years. As an employee of the Fond du Lac County Health Department, Sandy serves as the Program Coordinator for the Multi-Jurisdictional Tobacco Control Coalition that includes Fond du Lac, Waushara, Marquette, and Green Lake counties.

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Carol Cameron, Program Manager, Wisconsin Pink Shawl Initiative: An enrolled member of the Minnesota White Earth Chippewa Tribe and one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Inter-Tribal Pink Shawl Initiative, Carol, a breast cancer "thriver" herself, works to educate American Indian women on the importance of regular screenings and good breast health habits to help reduce the incidence of breast cancer in the Native Community. Carol shares her culture and forges ahead, helping to bridge the gap between academia and the American Indian community. By partnering with key Wisconsin breast cancer organizations, Carol has helped increase education, screening, and funding opportunities to grassroots organizations.

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Tobi Cawthra: Bio coming soon!

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Megan Federighe, Director of Market Development, VITAS Healthcare: Megan Federighe is the Director of Market Development and has worked at VITAS Healthcare for 11 years. Through professional outreach and community engagement, Megan helps people better understand advanced illness and the importance of having timely conversations about healthcare planning, such as documenting goals, values, and wishes so that dignified care can be provided as disease progresses through the end of life.

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Ginny Finn, JD, President and CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin: Ginny serves as President & CEO at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin where she also leads the organization’s strategic communications and development efforts, working with the Board of Directors and a blue-ribbon leadership team to re-imagine the expansion of its gender and racial equity work and related collaborations. An attorney with 25+ years of consulting experience in the performing arts, education and health/social services, she practiced healthcare law at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and, for nearly a decade, served as Executive Director of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a Wisconsin-based national breast cancer survivorship services organization. Ginny currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the IBC Network Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, LIFT, Inc., a youth development field hockey program and Ascension Wisconsin’s IRB, as well as co-chairs the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Advisory Board. An adjunct instructor with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Parkside campuses, she is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, and an alumna of the social capital programs - Milwaukee Forum and Milwaukee Mosaic. With a BA from Coe College and MA from Purdue University, she earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program.

Christie Harris

Christie Harris, Wellness Education Specialist, Gundersen Health System: Christie Harris is a Wellness Education Specialist at Gundersen Health System. She has worked in the field of health promotion and wellness for more than 20 years and serves as a HeartMath Revitalizing Care/Resilience Advantage Trainer, a certified Intrinsic Coach, and a certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor. Christie works primarily in the areas of mental health and ATODA, and has been working as a supporting resource connector for the Gundersen Health System Cancer Center for the past 17 years.

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Sarah Kerch, MPH, Director, Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative: Sarah Kerch guides the direction of the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative and uses her skills in strategic planning, partner facilitation, and program management to ensure a strong infrastructure for cancer control work throughout Wisconsin. Sarah received her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, and later worked in Chicago developing and evaluating community-based strategies to address maternal and child health disparities and the growing impact of chronic disease.

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Shawn Koval: Bio coming soon!

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Andrea Larson, RN, BSN OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin: Bio coming soon!

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Dr. Noelle LoConte, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: Dr. Noelle LoConte, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is one of only a few physicians practicing in the Midwest with dual fellowship training in both medical oncology and geriatrics. Dr. LoConte’s clinical interests are in gastrointestinal cancers and cancer of any type in older adults. She is the Principal Investigator for multiple federal grants, as well as clinical trials of new chemotherapies for gastrointestinal cancers, from Phase I through Phase III studies. Dr. LoConte serves on various committees at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and has become a national leader in researching and raising public awareness about the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer risk.

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Mayhoua Moua, Executive Director, Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc.: Mayhoua Moua came to the US as a refugee in 1976. As a child, she quickly learned English and became her parents’ interpreter and translator. Mayhoua expanded her skills to help her neighbors and extended relatives, and she eventually turned her skills and experiences into a career where she has served her community through nonprofit organizations for the past 30 years. Mayhoua’s passion in helping people inspired her to help co-found several nonprofit organizations serving refugees from Southeast Asian countries, and she has served on several boards of directors at local and national levels. Currently Mayhoua serves as the Executive Director for the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc., which she co-founded with four other members in 2008.

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Dr. Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Dr. Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, has held numerous leadership positions within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her more than 25 years of public service. She is a tireless champion for change and for breaking down systemic barriers to good health. A data enthusiast and medical oncologist by training, Dr. Richardson has authored or coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, examining multi-sectoral approaches to improving cancer care delivery, access, and outcomes. As director and ‘Convener-in-Chief’ for CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, she cultivates new thinking, programs, and partnerships to improve opportunities for all people to be healthy and thrive.

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Dr. Brenda Rooney, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of Population Health and Health Promotion Activities, Gundersen Health System: Dr. Brenda Rooney, PhD, MPH, co-directs the population health and health promotion activities for Gundersen Health System. Her degrees are from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Dr. Rooney has conducted clinical and community-based research in smoking, obesity, and alcohol prevention and treatment and has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications and presentations. As an epidemiologist, she is developing methods for the health system to use big data sets and community-based indicators to direct population health strategy.

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Julia Stanley: Bio coming soon!

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Dr. Melinda Stolley, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin: Dr. Melinda Stolley, PhD, is a health psychologist with expertise in obesity and cancer survivorship research. Her research focuses on health behaviors and health behavior change with the goal of improving patient-reported and cancer outcomes. She has nearly 20 years of experience developing and testing lifestyle change interventions among children, adults, and cancer survivors. An important aspect of Dr. Stolley's work is her focus on minority and underserved communities, working closely with community organizations to answer relevant research questions.

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Dr. Staci Young, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin: Bio coming soon!

Questions about the Summit? Please contact Tina Pap at tvpap@wisc.edu

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