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The Wilmot Cancer Community Action Council (CCAC)

Working with communities today, to lessen the impact of cancer tomorrow

The CCAC is empowered to inform research priorities and develop opportunities to address cancer disparities. Members come from a wide variety of community-centered groups, including public health departments, healthcare systems, school districts, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and community- and faith-based organizations.

Four priority working groups have been identified by the CCAC: community-driven research, rural outreach, primary prevention, and patient and survivor resources.

If you’re interested in having your voice heard, consider joining us in our efforts. Harnessing community strength is critical to success. 

Please contact Kristina Hawes for more information. ​

2022 CCAC Retreat 

More than 160 people attended Wilmot’s Community Cancer Action Council’s (CCAC) third annual retreat on October 7, 2022, in Geneva. The event more than doubled its attendance from the previous year, attracting attendees from 17 counties across the catchment area to focus around this year’s theme: The Power of Partnerships. View the event program

2021 CCAC Retreat

In October 2021, Wilmot's CCAC gathered in Geneva, New York, to celebrate achievements, review priorities and set strategies moving forward. During the event, each of the four working groups shared what they have accomplished over the last year as well as what they're working toward. National experts, including keynote speaker Gbenga Ogedegbe, M.D., of the New York University School of Global Public Health, shared insights and inspiration on equity and inclusion.  

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CCAC Steering Committee




CCAC Chair

Nikisha Ridgeway


Risk Reduction Chairs

Ronalyn Pollack

Native American Cultural Center

Iluminada Vilca

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Rural Outreach Chair

Lynae Wyckoff

Bassett Healthcare Network


Patient and Survivorship Resources Chairs

Lizanne Zamites

Sustain Inspire Survive

Carin Adams

Gilda’s Club Rochester

Community Driven Research Chairs

Karen Hermance

Edelman-Gardner Cancer Research Foundation

Jeffrey Freeman

Common Ground Health

Vaccine Voices

Hugs, the Puerto-Rican Festival: These are just a few of the things that Ida Perez, director of IBERO Children and Family Stability Services, Early Childhood Center, is looking forward to after receiving both doses of vaccine.

Spanish version of Ida Perez video