Thursday, March 28, 2013

Collaborating for Impact: Public Health Genomics and Cancer Control Cyber-Seminar

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

The field of public health genomics has exploded over the last several years as more and more states are collaborating around cost-efficient, evidence-based methods to enhance cancer screening and prevention efforts.  Join the National Cancer Institute and Research to Reality (R2R) on April 16th as we explore opportunities and advances in this exciting field and the opportunities for collaboration between state and local health departments, cancer registries, and research institutions, to improve the care and programs provided across the states.
April’s cyber-seminar will feature three partners who are working together around several exciting public health genomic initiatives in Michigan. Debra Duquette from the Michigan Department of Community Health will provide an overview of how Michigan, as well as several other states, are creating innovative initiatives in genomics through cooperative agreements, collaborations with cancer registries, and will share some lessons learned relevant to other states/organizations looking to develop, fund, and implement similar initiatives in their own states.

Glenn Copeland, Director of the Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program and Michigan State Cancer Registrar, and Director of the Michigan Birth Defects Registries, will describe the specific effort the Cancer Registry has done to create a bi-directional reporting system and its role in developing and improving cancer control interventions and programs.

Finally, Dr. Maria Katapodi, University of Michigan School of Nursing, will discuss the opportunities for, and role of researchers, in public health genomics research and practice. She will discuss a recent research study exploring how to improve adherence to screening guidelines with young breast cancer survivors and their families.

Additionally we will be joined by representatives from Connecticut (Beverly Burke), Colorado (Dr. Jan Lowery and Randi Rycroft), and Florida (Dr. Tuya Pal) for the question and answer portion of the webinar so we can also learn from the exciting work those states are doing in the arena of public health genomics.

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Please click on the following link for more information and to register for this event:

Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the toll free number, web URL, and participant passcode. This cyber-seminar will be archived on the Research to Reality (R2R) web site at approximately one week following the presentation.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yoga of Awareness Program at Criser Cancer Resource Center

Eight Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
May 7 - June 25, 2013

Yoga of Awareness is an evidence-­‐‑based mind-­‐‑body program developed at Duke
University Medical Center to support cancer survivors. As Reported on CNN,
Business Week and USA Today, participants experienced improved sleep, vigor,
and relaxation. The course includes:

-­‐‑Gentle yoga & guided relaxation
-­‐‑Mindfulness practices & group sharing
-­‐‑Guided meditation & breathing exercises
-­‐‑Course manual & audio cds

The program is appropriate for anyone desiring to live more skillfully and is
approved for 16 continuing nursing education contact hours and 16 CE's for
social workers. Also approved for 16 Florida Massage CE's .

For more information, please email:
or call 352.219.8012

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Cancer Connections Meeting on March 27th at the Hope Lodge

Please join us on March 27th at noon in the Hope Lodge conference room. 
Dr. Martin Holzman of the Community Cancer Center of North Florida will do a presentation on brain cancers and the use of radiation in treating them.

RSVP by Monday March 25th if you would like to be included in the lunch count.  A $3 donation is requested, or you may bring a healthful dish to share. 
Brown baggers are welcome, too!

Feel free to pass along this invitation to anyone who might wish to join us.
For more information, please send me an email.  

hope to see you there

Barb Thomas -

Friday, March 15, 2013

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Event at Moffitt Cancer Center


FREE Event and Lunch.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Moffitt Cancer Center, Vincent A. Stabile Building,
David Murphy Conference Room
12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

Registration starts at 8 a.m.

Reservations required. RSVP to 1-888 MOFFITT

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Webinar: The Latest on Colorectal Cancer Screening

Tuesday, March 19

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST


Thomas J. George, MD, FACP
University of Florida - American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2011 about 141,210 people would be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 49,380 people would die of the disease in the U.S. In both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.
This presentation cuts through the confusion and misinformation surrounding colorectal cancer screening, and gives clinicians the facts and resources to help their patients make informed decisions and increase adherence to screening.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Surgeon General Symposium on Cancer System of Care

Cancer Partners,

You are cordially invited to attend the Florida Department of Health's Surgeon General Symposium on the Cancer System of Care, to be held Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Brevard County Health Department in Viera, Florida.

The Florida Department of Health works each day to protect the health and safety of all Floridians and visitors. Our vision is to be the healthiest state in the nation.  As such, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong is hosting symposiums across the state to inspire community-level conversation, incorporating the perspectives of a variety of individuals to discuss how we can work together to protect, promote and improve the health of Floridians.
During this two-part symposium, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong and a panel of distinguished guests will convene to explore the topic of creating a Cancer System of Care in Florida. Statewide collaboration among our academic and community cancer programs is vital for better outcomes for patients with cancer. 

Part 1

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Panel discussion

Part 2

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Breakout sessions, participants will work together to determine how the areas of research, treatment and prevention will play a role in the state’s Cancer System of Care. 
Overall Question

How can the state and private industry create a collaborative system of cancer care that makes Florida a destination for care, research and prevention?

Who should attend?

Health care professionals, community leaders, legislators, members of the media and the general public are invited.
Brevard County Health Department

2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940

March 18, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Please complete the following registration, located at  Once your registration is received by our team, you will receive an email confirmation and additional information regarding the symposium. We encourage you to register early, as seating is limited. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending. Registration will close at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 

You are welcome to contact Denishia Sword via email at with any questions. We look forward to your attendance at this important event.