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"Share the Care" Wisconsin American Indian Cancer Conference

By Rick A Strickland

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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The “Share the Care” Wisconsin American Indian Cancer conference is now in its 12th year.  It was originally developed by the Ho-Chunk Nation together with the Spirit of EAGLES Community Network Program Center with assistance from University of Wisconsin SOE staff.  The success of the initial conference led Ho-Chunk and SOE to reach out to other interested tribes, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, and both public and non-profit cancer-related organizations.  Today, “Share the Care” is still supported through annual solicitation, organized by a planning committee with representatives from WI tribes, GLITC, ACS, WI Well Woman Program and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, etc. and hosted by a different tribe annually. The conference is offered free of charge to the 150-250 tribal members and tribal health staff who annually come to here its twin messages of support for patients and survivors and promotion of cancer prevention and screening.  It is the only known state-wide American Indian cancer conference in the US.

The CHE serves as staff to the Share the Care Conference planning committee.  The CHE provides technical assistance to the committee in developing the conference theme and agenda, helps identify appropriate speakers, provides input on NCI messages and evidence based resources and advises on evaluation.  The CHE leads conference fund raising, provides one to one consultation to the host tribe. 

Share the Care is grounded in a community organization theory of change that is founded upon community-driven approaches to assessing and solving health and social problems.  At the family and individual level, STC is guided by the social cognitive theory of interpersonal change and draws primarily from the health belief model, and to a lesser extent, the theory of planned behavior.

A sample conference brochure is provided.  Planning, promotional and evaluation templates are available on request.


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Sneha Prabhu

University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio