For Immediate Release
April 23, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Employee Illness and Survivorship in the Workplace (EISW) Training
Program Earns CDC Recognition

The Kansas Cancer Control and Prevention Program (CCC) recently was awarded first-place recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “Employee Illness and Survivorship in the Workplace (EISW)” training curriculum presented at the 2009 National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Annual Meeting held in Atlanta.

CDC officials cited EISW as “an innovative project with an outstanding contribution to cancer programs in the nation.”

“Cancer patients and survivors often need support to deal with finances, insurance, employment and the tasks of everyday living,” stated Patrice O’Hara, Program Manager of CCC at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  “EISW is designed to address workplace issues related to cancer, which can often pose tremendous challenges to patients as well as employers.”

Cancer survivors are growing in numbers as prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment improve.  Nearly 12,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year in Kansas and cancer survivors number more than 10 million in the U.S. As the population ages and more people are diagnosed with cancer, those numbers are expected to grow. 

The two-hour EISW training module is aimed at human resources professionals, managers and supervisors, ill employees and their co-workers.  To date, 125 managers at the Kansas Department of Administration and at KDHE have completed the training. CCC plans to reach other public and private institutions, businesses and organizations in Kansas with EISW training in 2009 and 2010. 

EISW is part of a larger curriculum known as “Transition in Life Changes,” or TLC.