Providing Education

MOCA works to educate the public on the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer to promote earlier detection and better treatment outcomes.

Providing Education

Ovarian cancer is sometimes called the “silent killer” because the symptoms are easy to overlook until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance wants to turn up the volume on the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer to promote earlier detection and better treatment outcomes. MOCA does this through a multifaceted information campaign aimed at medical professionals, lawmakers, and the community at large.

Health Fairs and Conferences

MOCA exhibits at events throughout the year in public, medical, educational and cancer-specific settings. Feel free to suggest events for MOCA to attend; we’re especially interested in reaching out to areas of Minnesota beyond the Twin Cities.

In addition to meeting health care professionals and everyday people across the state, these events give us the opportunity to:

  • Spread awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • Promote earlier detection
  • Answer questions about our organization
  • Promote our support resources

 

 

Suggest an event for MOCA to attend

Please let us know if there is an event in your area that you’d like us to consider. We’re especially interested in reaching out to areas of the state that might not otherwise have access to our information. Please contact our Community and Support Program Manager with your ideas.

Represent MOCA at a public event

Interested in representing MOCA at a health fair or conference? This is a great opportunity for anyone, including men and women who’ve never had ovarian cancer. If you’re interested in volunteering as a health fair representative, contact our Community and Support Program Manager Chris Wick at cwick@mnovarian.org.

Legislative Advocacy

MOCA is grounded in firsthand knowledge about the issues around ovarian cancer. Part of our mission is to communicate with public officials and advocate for policy changes on behalf of ovarian cancer survivors and women everywhere.

Minnesota Advocacy and Legislation

MOCA works with the Minnesota branch of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization, to make cancer issues a priority for state policy makers. We encourage you to connect with ACS CAN’s Minnesota Action Center to find your legislator and learn about current advocacy efforts in Minnesota and nationally.

National Advocacy and Legislation

On a national level, MOCA is a partner member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), which gives us a presence in Washington, D.C., and amplifies our voice to advocate for research funding and raise awareness about the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer at the federal level. Our coordinated efforts have changed the way the medical establishment, the media, and policy leaders think about ovarian cancer.

To view OCNA’s policy positions and learn how you can become involved in federal advocacy efforts, please visit the Take Action page on the OCNA website. To stay informed of national advocacy efforts and legislation, sign up for the Ovarian Cancer Action Network email newsletter.

For more information about MOCA’s legislative advocacy efforts, contact MOCA Executive Director Kathleen Gavin at kgavin@mnovarian.org.

Parade Awareness Initiative

Does your community have a summer celebration that includes a parade? One of the ways MOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer is by providing a parade float that can be “checked out” and used in parades around Minnesota.

Based on past experiences, you may be surprised by the applause and cheers you receive — and how many symptom cards you’ll hand out!

The float is easy to move, with sides that fold up and a cover to keep everything dry and protected en route to the parade location. When unfolded, it displays a huge teal ribbon, along with the MOCA logo and website address.

We also have magnetic banners to decorate the sides of a car, along with a large banner that can be carried by two walkers. These items can be used with or without the float. MOCA can also provide symptom cards to pass out to spectators along the parade route if so desired.

The float is available to use free of charge, but there are some things to consider:

  • There must be a vehicle with a trailer package (hitch) and a 2” ball to pull the trailer.
  • The trailer (12ft. long by 6.5 ft. wide) itself is stored in Bloomington, MN.
  • It is the responsibility of whoever chooses to “check out” the float to pick it up and drop it off in Bloomington, MN.
  • Costs such as entering parades or events, gas mileage and damage incurred during the floats’ usage are responsibilities of the user.

If you think you might be interested, contact our Community and Support Program Manager Chris Wick at cwick@mnovarian.org.

Ovarian Cancer in the Media

A key mission of MOCA’s is to educate the public about ovarian cancer. By working with the media, we can create awareness about the disease and its symptoms.

Here are some recent news stories from TV, radio, newspapers, and other media outlets that have mentioned the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance or other ovarian cancer initiatives within the state.

If you are a member of the media looking for a perspective on ovarian cancer or MOCA, please refer to the For the Media page.