2023 (Presentation) (1)


Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners


David Goines, Progressive Community Health Centers


Sarah Kotila, BSN, RN, UW-Carbone Cancer Center


Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin, New Richmond, WI


Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Center, Bowler, WI


Sofia Refetoff, PhD, Pancreas Cancer Task Force of the UW-Carbone Cancer Center


Maureen Busalacchi, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project

WCS23 Awardees

Recordings and Slides

Setting the Stage | Successes, Challenges and Opportunities: The State of Cancer and Public Health in Wisconsin

Paula Tran, MPH, State Health Officer and Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health

Each year more than 35,000 people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with cancer.  Paula Tran discussed the critical role of public health and cancer control, and how we can build a brighter future.

Paula Tran

Panel Discussion

Learn about sources of Wisconsin cancer control data including social determinants of health, how to find them, how to access them, and how to use them.  Panel members discussed our existing data strengths and weaknesses, as we all continue to look to data to help us inform our program planning and evaluation.  Listen to a case study from a WCC partner who has put data into action.

Panelists featured:
  • Lena Swander, MPH,  Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System
  • Chelsea Robinson, MS, Office of Policy and Practice Alignment, WI DHS
  • Korina Henningsen, MPH, Neighborhood Health Partnerships Program
  • Cami Buchmann, Oneida County Health Department
This panel was moderated by David Frazer, MPH, Director, Center for Urban Population Health.

AM Breakout Sessions

This session looked at using community health workers within cancer control. They have recently been added as an evidence-based strategy by the Community Guide (CDC).

Panelists featured:
  • Lindsey Purl, MPH, Great Rivers HUB United Way
  • Michelle Dixon, 414 LIFE
  • David Goines, Progressive Community Health Centers

In this session we heard from two different local tobacco coalition leaders as they described the activities and efforts they engage in to help reduce youth vaping in their communities.

Panelists featured:
  • Charmaine Swan, MS, Northwest Wisconsin Lung Health Alliance
  • Aaliyah Torres, Wisconsin Hispanic/Latinx Tobacco Prevention Network

PM Breakout Sessions

Advocacy experts provided education and guidance on using your experience and expertise to change health care and cancer policy.

Panelists featured:
  • Carmyn Berg, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Maureen Busalacchi, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project

In this session Matt Wiggins, Ed.D., discusses the Cancer Recovery and Fitness Community Outreach Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The program aims to improve quality of life for survivors by supporting individuals physically, emotionally, and socially through exercise with students trained as cancer fitness specialists

Speaker featured:
  • Matt Wiggins, Ed.D., UW - Eau Claire

Panel Discussion

Members of our Cancer Control community shared specific examples of how we’re making progress together.  Their stories reflect the multitude of ways organizations can make progress and build stronger communities.

Panelists featured:
  • Judy Heubel, RN, BSN, Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Center
  • Ilka Hoffins, Team Phoenix
  • Kim Kinner, MA, American Cancer Society
  • Kelly Hackett, MPH, Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation
This panel was moderated by Gale Johnson, Director, Wisconsin Well Woman Program.