The Prostate Cancer Initiative was borne from the larger African American 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:
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 Survivor Support Group
Actively supports 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.
African American Men’s Wellness Group
The development and implementation of a wellness group for African American men, with target topics including but not limited to, reducing the risk(s) of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Wellness Ambassador Training
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, and educate and train interested community members to be come Wellness Ambassadors.