Friday, August 29, 2014

Cyber-Seminar Series: Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: What is Working and Why

Research to Reality’s Cyber-Seminar Series
Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: What is Working and Why

September 22, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause most cases of cervical cancer and large proportions of vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV vaccines could dramatically reduce the incidence of HPV-associated cancers and other conditions among both females and males, but the uptake of vaccines has fallen short of target levels. The September NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar will present key goals and high priority research interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake. We also will highlight promising interventions that through a variety of strategies have created substantive changes in accelerating HPV vaccine uptake.

More information and registration.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August - September Cancer Stakeholder

To view the latest issue please either visit:

The link to download the PDF is available under the "Share” link below the publication.

This issue includes:

Program Spotlight: August is National Immunization Awareness Month and September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

State Update: Increased funding for Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program 

Cancer Survivor Tips: New section - Survivor tips for air travel

Tools and Resources: Upcoming webinars, workshops and opportunities for continuing education credits

Cancer in the News: The latest articles from great resources such as National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Institute for Cancer Research, Medline Plus, HealthDay, Science Daily, and Medical News Today

Funding Opportunities: For impacting health status, palliative care, healthcare access, professional development, epidemiology, and research

Events: Local and national conferences for cancer stakeholders

Monday, August 25, 2014

Alachua County Celebration of "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month" - Sept 20 Health Summits

The Cancer Health Disparities Program of the University  of Florida Health Cancer Center is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Health, Alachua County, to celebrate “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month”.  


Join us on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center (2900 SW 13 St, Gainesville, FL 32608) for the following events:


  • 5th Annual Gainesville Community Health and Empowerment Summit (10:00 am—2:00 pm)
  • Florida Prostate Cancer Advocates Summit for Black Men (10:00 am—3:00 pm)


Both summits are free, but reservation is requested. RSVP at or call 352.273.5613.


If you are interested in offering health educational workshops/free health screenings or if you are a physician (all specialties welcome) who would like to participate in the “Meet the Doctor” roundtable sessions, please contact Mr. Christopher Hill at or Mr. Kenneth Stokes at or call 352-294-5147.

The Florida Department of Health Presents - The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series: Exploring the Connection between Overweight, Obesity and Cancer


Research has confirmed that being overweight or obese increases the risk for certain cancers. Dr. Tanya Agurs-Collins will provide information about the factors involved with increased cancer risk and overweight and obesity including: the effect of hormones, insulin, metabolic syndrome, and inflammation. She will also provide a review of the biological factors influenced by various dietary choices. Dr. Catherine Howard will share lessons learned from the first year of Florida's Healthiest Weight initiative.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify which cancers are associated with overweight and obesity
  • Understand the biological mechanisms associated with obesity and increased cancer risk
  • Understand the relationship between diet and cancer risk
  • Describe the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative
  • List the five key strategies of Healthiest Weight Florida
  • Identify ways that the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative can support an organization's physical activity and nutrition messages and interventions


Intended Audience: Health Care Professionals, Interested Stakeholders

This webinar and teleconference is hosted by The Florida Department of Health, Cancer Program


Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time


Featured speakers:


Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD

Program Director/Nutritionist, National Cancer Institute,

Health Behaviors Research Branch


Catherine Howard, PhD

Coordinator, Healthiest Weight Florida,

Florida Department of Health


One Hour of CEU is available.


To join the online meeting (Now available from mobile devices), go to:


Teleconference information:

Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-670-3525

Attendee access code:  297 003 0833


For assistance, go to:

On the left navigation bar, click "Support”.


To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to: .


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Community Cancer Resource Website for Maion County

As many of you know, we have been working with Tommy Thomas (Ocala Website Designs) this summer to launch our redesigned community cancer resource website... is LIVE today!

We welcome each of you to take a moment to view the site...

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. You may send an email to me directly from the site.

More input from the community, will result in a more friendly, informative site! In this case you can judge...we want you to!

It is our mission to make the "go to site" for Marion County cancer health care professionals, patients, and caregivers! 

If you want to learn more about resources for improving the quality of life for those living with cancer, please visit

P.S. Tell you friends!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kids Together Against Cancer Workshops

This organization is located out of Jacksonville, FL.

KTAC offers a five week workshop four times a year during the evening. Programs are help at the Neviaser Educational Building and include dinner for children and families. Each week children ages 5 to 17 attend a session focusing on a specific topic. Art educators and clinical social workers help the children complete a project that promotes discussion of emotions and feelings. The activities are fun and interactive. Adults meet separately in a group led by a clinical social worker where they learn how to effectively communicate with their children. 

These workshops are free and open to anyone in the community that needs our services.

Next Program begins in September 8th 2014
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Brooks YMCA
10423 Centurion Pkwy. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Please call Jennifer Maggiore at 742-2916 for more information.


Third Annual Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off to Benefit Breast Cancer Research at UF

The third annual Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off will take place on October 4th at UF Health's Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, at the corner of Archer Road and Gale Lemerand Drive. 

To put on a successful bicycling event like this, we need: 

1. volunteers, able to help either before and/or on the day of the Pedal-Off, in these areas: on-site registration, supply pick-up, 3 rest stop crews, "goody bag" stuffing, food service (pre-ride breakfast and post-ride lunch; lunch provided by Chuy's Tex-Mex restaurant), distribution of "PPP" postcards and fliers to local businesses, medical offices, schools, etc.

2. sponsors: very important! Donations of cash from businesses and individuals help defray the cost of putting on the Pedal-Off, making a larger donation possible

3. recruiters: help us find volunteers among your friends, family members, and co-workers

4. cyclists: sign up to ride one of three possible distances at or (with links on facebook)

5. for you to forward this email to friends, family members, and co-workers.....and anyone who has lost a loved one to breast cancer

If you can help with items 1 or 2, please contact Barb Thomas: or 352 3774427.

All net proceeds from the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-off, a family-oriented community event -not a race- will be donated to the above research fund.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals donating to the event may have a name or logo on the specially designed "PPP" t shirts. If you would like more information about sponsorships, please contact me directly at or 352 3774427.

Wear a "pink ribbon cycling jersey" to the Pedal-Off to further show your support of this community event benefiting local research. To date, proceeds from the sale of the jersey have contributed over $6,000 to breast cancer research. The jerseys have been sent to Australia, Israel, the UK, Canada, and much of the U.S.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Florida Prostate Cancer Advocates Summit for Black Men

Join Us For The Inaugural
Florida Prostate Cancer Advocates Summit For Black Men

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm
Paramount Hotel and Conference Center
2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville FL

Program will include Advocacy Training Workshop & Town Hall Forum
  • Setting the Stage for Cancer Advocacy in Florida
  • Partnering with Elected Officials for Advocacy
  • Engaging the Media & Promoting Your Program
  • Best Practices for Prostate Cancer Advocacy
  • Research Partnership Needs
  • Advocacy Consortium/Network

Travel Awards for Summit
Travel support for accommodation and transportation (up to $200) is available based on need and on a “first-come first-served” basis. Travel awards are provided through the generous support of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) Cancer Disparities Program. If you would like to register and/or be considered for travel support, please complete attached form and send completed form to Kenneth Stokes by email ( or fax (352-273-6270) by Friday, September 5.

Note: Registration Deadline is Friday September 5, 2014


Monday, August 11, 2014

Affordable Care Act Webinar-Free Continuing Education Training on the Health Insurance Marketplace

Wednesday, August 20th, at 2pm

The focus of this presentation will be geared towards nurses, social workers, marriage and family counselors, CPH, CHES and other allied health professionals working with individuals using the Marketplace. This course will offer 1.0 hour of CE credit upon successful completion and cover the following:

Summary of Affordable Care Act


Children's Health Insurance Program (Florida KidCare)

The Health Insurance Marketplace

This presentation is certified by the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Please click here to complete the required registration for the webinar. A URL for the presentation will be sent out by Monday, August 18th.

Continuing Education: Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a Florida Board of Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling approved provider of continuing education. CE Broker Provider ID #50‐1922. This program meets the requirements for up to 1.0 contact hour.

West Florida AHEC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., MEP#2251.

This event is sponsored by Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

For more information, please contact Sarah Catalanotto at

Friday, August 8, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UF Health research fund for treatment-resistant breast cancer gets lift from local charity

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you think of breast cancer research, pink pumpkins probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. But, for the co-founders of the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off charity bicycle ride, Barb Thomas and Barb Wills, raising money for breast cancer research is very serious business.

Thomas and Wills will present an $18,000 check to the University of Florida Health Cancer Center at 9 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 7) at the University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Building. The gift comes from the Gainesville-based nonprofit group Collaboration of Scientists for Critical Research in Biomedicine, or CSCRB Inc., which hosts the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off.

“This gift is very meaningful to us because it represents a community involvement in support of breast cancer research taking place right here at UF that honors the memory of the women among our friends and families who have been lost to breast cancer and also celebrates those who are breast cancer survivors,” Wills said.

Nearly 100 percent of the monies raised by the organization’s charity bicycle ride benefit the UF Health Cancer Center’s treatment-resistant breast cancer research fund. The fund provides seed grants to UF scientists seeking new treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of breast cancer that does not respond to established therapies as well as other breast cancers. As many as 25 percent of all breast cancer cases are triple-negative. Although triple-negative breast cancer is particularly deadly with a high rate of recurrence, it is one of the least studied forms of breast cancer.

Wills and Thomas both have been deeply affected by the disease. At the age of 7, Wills lost her mother to breast cancer, and Thomas is a breast cancer survivor. These experiences led the women, both of whom are avid cyclists, and other members of CSCRB to establish the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-off charity bicycle ride in 2012. Since then, the organization has raised more than $31,000 in support of UF Health research of treatment-resistant breast cancer. The gift is made in advance of this year’s Third Annual Pink Pumpkin Pedal-off charity bicycle ride, scheduled for Oct. 4. For more information about the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-off, visit

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Save the Date: 5th Annual Gainesville Community Health and Empowerment Summit

Please “Save The Date” for the following event. 

Event: 5th Annual Gainesville Community Health and Empowerment Summit

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Location: Paramount Hotel and Conference Center - 2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville FL

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Organized and Sponsored By: UF Health Cancer Center

If you are interested in offering health educational workshops or free health screenings at the 5th Annual Gainesville Community Health and Empowerment Summit, please complete attached Partnership Registration Form.

For more information, please contact Mr. Christopher Hill at or call 352-294-5147

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cancer Comfort Luncheon

You are cordially invited to a “Cancer Comfort Luncheon” and to participate in the McKesson Foundation’s Nationwide Bus Tour To Collect Messages of Encouragement for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment.

The ACS Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge will be the sixth stop on a nationwide tour of the Giving Comfort Bus, part of a special program to bring comfort to cancer patients. The bus will have video and photo booths to record encourag-ing words that will be shared with patients throughout the nation.

The McKesson mascot “Comfy” will be there, too.

Lunch & Proclamation: Noon to 1pm, Thursday, August 21st

Giving Comfort Bus Recordings: Noon to 3 pm

Where: ACS Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th Street, Gainesville

For More Information: 352 338-0601

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Palms Medical Group Open House

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Tuesday, August 12th - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: 110-112 NE First Ave, High Springs

More info:
386-454-0568 or 1-888-730-2374

Monday, August 4, 2014

SRAHEC IQuit with AHEC Tobacco Cessation August Newsletter

Topics include:
Tobacco and Depression: The Connection
August Cessation Classes - Dates & Locations

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