Rural Cancer Disparities Project

The goal of the Rural Cancer Disparities Project is to reduce disparities in the cancer burden experienced in rural communities served by the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.  Our primary objective is to expand culturally appropriate community outreach to patients, providers and community organizations in these communities.

Project staff participate in the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network, which provides funding support (3P30CA014520-38S2).

Current activities include:

Disseminating a rural adaptation of the Cancer Clear & Simple educational curriculum which addresses three distinct but related topics: cancer basics, prevention and screening.

Developing facilitator materials for use in implementing the rural adaptation of Cancer Clear & Simple educational curriculum.

Developing and disseminating Cancer Clear & Simple handouts for use by rural residents and service providers. The resource kit consists of Cancer Information Sheets, Questions to Ask Your Doctor, and Healthy Tips & Ideas.

Conducting community-based participatory research to further test the Cancer Clear & Simple educational curriculum.

Hosting and updating web-based Rural Cancer Network (RCaN), which features Cancer Clear & Simple handouts and cancer-related resources available in a seven-county target region experiencing a high cancer burden (Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette and Sauk Counties).

Disseminating National Cancer Institute messages, products and programs relevant to rural communities.

Implementing the Adams County Wellness Program in collaboration with the Adams County Public Health Department.  The Wellness Program, which is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership 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.

For more information, please contact Cody Fredrick, Community Health Educator and Rural Project Coordinator, at 608-262-6484 or