Prostate Cancer Initiative

The Prostate Cancer Initiative was borne from the larger Dane County African American Cancer Outreach Project. During the initial needs assessment, several key community informants emphasized the importance of engaging African American men in prostate health and supporting prostate cancer survivors within the community.

Current activities focus on supporting community engagement and include:

Advisory Committee.  Acting as a liaison between individuals and larger community organizations, the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) brought together five men to work as the advisory committee for this initiative. The committee has worked as a collective body to support and move forward the prostate health initiative with support from CHDI. The committee in partnership with CHDI is implementing a series of cancer education sessions using a tandem teaching approach, with a survivor and Educational and Outreach Associate team teaching to interested community organizations. The  committee also assists with recruitment for the support group, promoting and advancing education activities within the community and identifying future needs including any research ideas of interest to the community.

African American Prostate Cancer Survivor Support Group to actively support a grassroots effort by community members to promote men's prostate health.

This support group meets on the  2nd Monday of each month.

6:30-7:30pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St., Madison, WI 53713.

Each session is supported by an Education and Outreach Associate and a Urologic surgeon from UW Health.

Development and implementation of an African American Men's Wellness Group, with target topics including but not limited to, reducing the risk(s) of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Educate and train interested community members to become "Wellness Ambassadors". Utilizing Cancer Clear and Simple as a basis, we will conduct trainings in order to build the community knowledge base regarding cancer and healthy lifestyles.

For more information, please contact Erin Bailey, Community Outreach and Education Associate, at 608-890-3174 or