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Dr. Elizabeth Cox and Collaborators Receive Carbone Cancer Center’s Rural Cancer Pilot Award

Elizabeth CoxHIP Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Cox in collaboration with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), Dr. Melissa Gilkey (University of North Carolina), and members of the PROKids team received a Carbone Cancer Center Rural Cancer Pilot Award. The project, “On-Time HPV Vaccination for Rural Wisconsin Youth” will help inform interventions at the healthcare system-level that focus on low rates of HPV vaccination in rural Wisconsin. The project will use WCHQ data to develop and validate metrics of on-time HPV vaccination initiation and completion in Wisconsin health systems.

Thyroid Cancer Treatment Choice Toolkit Available on HIPxChange

Thyroid Cancer ImageWith the release of the 2015 American Thyroid Association (ATA) Management Guidelines for Adults with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer, treatment decisions for low-risk thyroid cancer became more complicated. Although the guidelines were meant to supplement shared patient-healthcare provider decision-making, the patient-provider deliberation often fails to meet the informational standards for patients and can often exclude available treatments. Low-risk thyroid cancer patients often don’t know what questions to ask, while the physicians report not knowing how to obtain patients’ preferences and include them into treatment decisions.

Dr. Jen Weiss receives research award for colorectal cancer screening research

Jennifer WeissColorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Wisconsin. It is also the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. Screening is important for early detection, but disparities in screening rates exist between Wisconsin clinics. HIP Investigator, Dr. Jen Weiss and a team of investigators received a research award through the Wisconsin Partnership Program Collaborative Health Sciences Program to identify strategies from high-performing clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening rates at low-performing clinics in rural and urban communities in Wisconsin. The long-term goal of the research is to decrease statewide colorectal cancer incidence and mortality.

New 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report and Appendix Available

WCHQ 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities ReportReport Overview

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), in collaboration with Health Innovation Program, developed the Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities.

Mammography screening tool now available on HIPxChange

Mammography screening is essential for early detection of breast cancer. However, guidelines vary on recommendations about the age and interval at which women should start receiving mammograms.

These conflicts arise from analysis of various observational studies and clinical trials that compared the benefits and harms of different screening recommendations, and drew variable conclusions.

Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit now available on HIPxChange

Sarina SchragerDr. Sarina Schrager in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Terry Little in the UW Department of Radiology recently published the Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to help primary care providers engage in discussions with average risk women regarding breast cancer screening. The toolkit includes resources and supporting materials that offer health care providers information on topics such breast cancer risk factors, assessment, shared deciison making principles, and benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable article discusses UW Health's journey to 80% colorectal cancer screening rate

Jennifer WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss is featured in a recent blog post by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. In it, Dr. Weiss discusses how UW Health increased its colorectal cancer screening rates from 61% to 81% over the last six years. She also discusses her research to identify predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation and barriers to screening, as well as lessons learned in the improvement process.

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Jennifer WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss has been appointed UW Health liaison to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The NCCRT, which was established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the US, and increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate.