2020 ACS CAN Wisconsin Virtual Forum: Access to Care During Critical Times

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

While we all social distance and do our part to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic, the important work of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) to help end suffering and death from cancer must continue. Join us on Thursday, October 22nd from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm for our annual Milwaukee Health Forum. During this virtual event, we will explore topics like access, research and community driven solutions for cancer care during COVID-19 and beyond and lessons we have learned. As we bring together advocates, medical professionals, researchers, public health experts, elected officials, and other stakeholders from across the state, we are more acutely aware than ever that our ability to continue to make progress against cancer relies heavily on eliminating the inequities that exist in cancer prevention and care. The policy work ACS CAN can do will have a lasting impact on preventing cancer and increasing the opportunity for all Wisconsinites to live a healthy, cancer-free life.


Confirmed speakers:

  • Lillian M. Paine, MPH – Chief of Staff, Milwaukee Health Commissioner

  • Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley

  • State Representative Sheila Stubbs

  • Staci Young, PhD

  • Deborah Thomas, DDiv

  • Carol Williams, PhD


Please save the date and RSVP for this very timely and important conversation.


Discussion Points:

Access. This event will include conversations related to the importance of accessing timely and safe cancer treatment, with a focus on health disparities, and the public policy solutions needed to protect cancer patients, survivors and healthcare workers.

Preparedness. We have seen a nationwide crisis on our healthcare system. A shortage of PPE, delaying nonessential surgeries, and other barriers have put cancer patients in a critical position. How has COVID-19 impacted cancer treatment plans and prevention measures? What are the key factors for policymakers to consider to better prepare healthcare systems for future disruptions?

Community Driven Solutions. Racism is a public health crisis. Many in Wisconsin have been doing meaningful work to tackle structural racism in health care, reduce cancer disparities, and advance health equity. How has COVID-19 impacted communities of color? How does cancer prevention and care advance anti-racist work and support communities of color during the global pandemic?

**Information will be shared on the Coronavirus and how to stay healthy**