Current Rural Cancer Disparities Project Activities 

Community-Based Projects

CHDI’s Rural Cancer Disparities Project supports the following community-based efforts:

A Community-Based Approach to Reducing Rural Cancer Disparities Study

This community-based participatory pilot research study aims to modify existing Cancer Clear & Simple (CC&S) education materials to make them more effective for broad dissemination. Additionally, the project team will evaluate how CC&S may reduce cancer health disparities by assessing the impact of participation in CC&S educational sessions on cancer prevention and screening. This study is funded by the American Cancer Society.

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine and Health Innovation Program

Co-Principal Investigator: Leah Eckstein, Adams County University of Wisconsin-Extension

Partners: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics, Adams County Public Health

Reducing Rural Cancer Disparities Together

This project will allow UW-Extension Family Living Educators and their community partners to expand CC&S to rural counties statewide. Through this project new CC&S tools will be developed to enhance facilitators’ use of CC&S materials and be a resource as they lead sessions. Finally, the project team will also build local community coalition capacity to address systems and environmental factors to help reduce rural cancer disparities.  This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Principal Investigator: Ann Keim, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Program

Co-Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Schilling, Waushara County University of Wisconsin-Extension

Partners: University of Wisconsin-Extension

Adams County Community Wellness Program

This community wellness program targets chronic disease disparities in Adams County through a balance of community and individual chronic disease prevention and intervention strategies. Program activities include the utilization of a community health worker and navigation model. This project is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Principal Investigator: Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison

Partners: Adams County Public Health

Outreach Networks

CHDI’s Rural Cancer Disparities Project is active in the following regional and national networks:

Cancer Disparities Research Network (NCI)

National Outreach Network (NCI)