We believe that we are stronger when we join forces with others to move forward our policy and educational priorities where it makes sense. We collaborate with many other

WCC meeting October 2016
WCC meeting October 2016

organizations with similar interests in ending breast cancer and all cancers, in supporting women’s health, and in educating the public about breast cancer prevention and treatment. Key partners are below:

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Task Force and Coalitions in Action

Genentech, a biotechnology business, has selected Milwaukee as one of two cities in which to expand a successful breast cancer screening outreach program this fall. Working with the Breast Cancer Task Force through its Coalitions in Action committee, Genentech’s “SisterPact” program will be brought into specific neighborhoods in Milwaukee notable for high breast cancer mortality disparities for African American women. Genentech developed and piloted this successful targeted campaign in Memphis, TN, last year, with very positive results.

The WBCC has participated on the Coalitions in Action committee since its inception and has been a long-time active member of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Task Force. The Coalition was formed to develop a program to use a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation to the Task Force. Grant priorities include: consistent messaging, awareness of resources, and health literacy. Sandra Gines and Carrie Riccobono represent the WBCC on the Coalitions in Action committee. The WBCC supports efforts to address the high mortality disparity rate for African American women in comparison to Caucasian women. Milwaukee has, unfortunately, one of the highest mortality disparity rates in the U.S., and is one of only three cities in which the situation has been getting worse.

The next task for the Coalition in Actions group will be to attract funding for the program. For more information about becoming involved with “SisterPact” in Milwaukee, contact Sarah Mroz,, 608-262-2774.

Wisconsin Cancer Council and Policy Committee

The WBCC has long been a member of the Wisconsin Cancer Council (WCC), serving actively on its Policy Committee. The WCC is a coalition of diverse organizations dedicated to the implementation of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, a statewide comprehensive approach to cancer control.

In 2016, the council regrouped and developed a new plan for statewide engagement and progress.

This past fall, the WCC held regional meetings to recruit new member organizations, introduce their new sign-up process, and advertise the resources on their website: Attending these meetings for WBCC were Hayley Young and Sandra Gines.

WBCC shares several policy priorities with the WCC, among them increasing the quality, availability, and effective use of health insurance coverage for cancer prevention and treatment, and protecting funding for cancer prevention and control.