Cancer Health Disparities Initiative

About

In recent decades, treatments for cancer have improved and deaths due to cancer have decreased. But unfortunately, not all Americans benefit equally from these successes. Many groups in Wisconsin and nationwide – often defined by where they live, by their income, race, ethnicity, education or sexual orientation – experience a greater burden of cancer along the continuum from prevention to detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, to end-of life.

Mission & Goals

Mission

The Mission of the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) is to partner with communities,  UW and Carbone Cancer Center faculty to reduce inequities in cancer burden through research, outreach, education, and training.

Goals

The goals of CHDI are to:

  • Increase cancer health disparities-related research conducted by UW Faculty and UWCCC members
  • Implement community outreach, education, and program development and evaluation activities with underserved communities
  • Promote increased recruitment of underrepresented populations into UWCCC clinical care and research
  • Provide training and mentoring opportunities for UWCCC staff and trainees from underrepresented populations

What we do

Education

Cancer, Clear & Simple (CC&S) are educational materials about cancer developed by CHDI. It includes a curriculum, Facilitator Guide and educational handouts around cancer basics, cancer prevention and self-care, and cancer screening and detection.

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Research

CHDI focuses on formative research, community partnership development and guidance relating to cancer disparities, grant proposal development, research project coordination, data analysis and interpretation and the development of publications.

Outreach

Emphasizes development and coordination of coalitions and advisory boards, design of education and facilitator training, development of educational and marketing materials based on health literacy and adaptation and dissemination of resources.

Future Directions

Moving forward, CHDI has particular interest in cancer screening navigation and informed decision-making research interventions, treatment and clinical research, Cancer Clear & Simple content expansion and further evaluation, and research on the relationship between social determinants and biomarkers in cancer disparities.

Faculty & Staff

Earlise Ward

PhD

Cancer Health Disparities Initiative Program Leader

ecward@wisc.edu

Dr. Ward leads and supports the CHDI team in community outreach and education. Additionally, she partners with UW Carbone leadership and members to support and increase health disparities cancer research.

Joshua Wright

Outreach Specialist

jawright@wisc.edu

Joshua collaborates with community members and organizations to plan, facilitate, and execute outreach and education engagements. These efforts prioritize raising awareness about cancer and chronic disease prevention, and screening with underserved populations.

Lucretia Sullivan-Wade

Outreach Specialist Patient Navigator

sullivanwade@wisc.edu

608-263-3118

Lucretia collaborates with staff at CRCO to increase under represented and ethic minorities (UREM) patients’ knowledge and participation in cancer clinical trials. Additionally, she partners with community members and organizations, including faith-based, to plan, facilitate, and execute outreach and education engagements among UREM.