Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Research to Reality’s Cyber-Seminar Series: Engaging Underserved Communities in Clinical Trial Recruitment

October 21, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Registration now open.

Clinical trials are a critical resource for the discovery and development of better prevention, diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer. Many of today’s most effective prevention and treatment modalities are based upon previous clinical trial results.

People with low income, the elderly, racial/ethnic minorities, women and those who live in rural areas represent the smallest percentage of clinical trial participants. Unfortunately these same populations also bear a disproportionate burden of disease. Without adequate representation of these populations in clinical trials, researchers cannot learn about potential differences among groups and ensure the generalizability of results to the entire U.S. population. For clinical trials to be useful to all populations, individuals from all backgrounds, racial/ethnic groups, ages and locations need to participate.

Our October R2R cyber-seminar will examine the issue of increasing the participation of racial/ethnic and other underrepresented groups in clinical trials. We are delighted to welcome Army of Women Research Director Leah Wilcox Eshraghi and Jennifer Ivanovich with the University of Washington to discuss their efforts and involvement with clinical trial accrual and under-represented populations and contributions to scientific research through and with community participation.
As always, part of the webinar will be dedicated to your questions. We look forward to you engaging with the presenters, and sharing your own experiences.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how engaging underserved communities in research is pivotal to advancing cancer control research
  • Articulate how broad-based recruitment strategies, such as the Army of Women can help augment clinical trial recruitment in underserved communities
  • Propose three ways their organization can work to increased cancer clinical trial enrollment in their community

Open Streets Gainesville

When: Sunday, October 5 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Open Streets Gainesville is a temporary, car-free, road closure open to any non-motorized activity including art, music, walking, bicycling, dancing, exercising, socializing, and playing. Participants are empowered to use the public roadway in ways not normally available when open to traffic.

The event is co-hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Citizens for Active Transportation (GCAT), and GetActiveGNV.

Participation is free and attendees are encouraged to support local businesses by purchasing drinks, food, goods, and services. Businesses along the route are encouraged to be open and have a presence on the street to engage participants.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals can participate by sponsoring the event, providing supplies, or leading group activities that will engage attendees in a healthy, active lifestyle. Contact openstreetsgainesville@gmail.com for more information.

Visit openstreetsproject.org for more information about this and other Open Streets events.

Email openstreetsgainesville@gmail.com with questions or comments.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

21st Annual FRHA Educational Summit

21st Annual FRHA Educational Summit

"Advocacy, Quality and Finance
in Florida's Rural Communities"

Join the Florida Rural Health Association for
learning and advocacy on November 19th and 20th, 2014 in Orlando.

View the agenda and learn more at

This year's tracks include Finance & Quality
and Community Paramedicine.

Topics include: 

  • Gaps in the Healthcare Workforce and Returning Veterans
  • Affordable Care Act and Impacts on Rural Florida, One Year Later
  • Compliance Services, Privacy & Security
  • 2015 Legislative Session Ideas and Strategies

The Summit brings together rural hospital administrators and staff, rural health network directors, rural EMS and paramedic providers, rural governments, public health workers, legislators, nonprofits, educational institutes, students and other individuals interested in the health and well-being of rural Floridians.

Summit registration is $185 and includes access to the Summit's top-notch sessions, 2015 FRHA membership, breakfast, lunch, recepition with entertainment, continuing education credits, and time with vendors and colleagues.

ICD 10-CM Training

In conjunction with the Summit, Basics of Coding with ICD 10-CM will be offered Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summit registration and the Basics of Coding can purchased together for a special value of $275.
Registration for the basics of coding alone is $100. The training is approved for up to 6.0 hours from AHIMA. Pre-registration is required.

Hispanics/Latinos and Tobacco Control Webinar


Hispanics/Latinos and Tobacco Control

This webinar will provide a general overview of the history and current state of tobacco control in the U.S., Hispanic/Latinos and tobacco use, as well as evidence-based strategies that can reduce tobacco related disparities among Hispanic/Latino populations. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Yaneth Rodriguez
Ms. Rodriguez is a certified health education specialist and has experience working with diverse populations and communities. She has worked on several tobacco-related research projects since 2003, including as project manager for the Tobacco Education and Materials Lab (TEAM Lab); as a health educator on a tobacco prevention and cessation program with Southern California alternative high school students; as a research assistant for a study that addressed the effects of acculturation on tobacco and other drug use; and as a research assistant for a project that studied cultural risk and protective factors that affect commercial tobacco use among American Indian adolescents. 

Ms. Rodriguez was awarded the Tobacco Related Disease Research Project's Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award in 2004—a training grant to develop ideas and to study the student receptivity of a culturally tailored tobacco prevention program for Chicano/Latino youth that incorporated culturally relevant activities in an existing tobacco prevention and cessation program.

Ms. Rodriguez earned her B.S. in health promotion and disease prevention studies from the University of Southern California and her M.P.H. in the global health and leadership track from USC.

To Join:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Webinar: Creating and Enforcing Tobacco-Free Environments at Colleges and Universities

Creating and Enforcing Tobacco-Free Environments at Colleges and Universities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET 
Click to Register 

Early adulthood is a key stage in determining a person's lifelong use of tobacco products. One effective way to prevent the behavior is to establish tobacco-free policies where these adults spend much of their time - at colleges and universities. Such policies also create a healthy environment for the campus workforce and visitors.  

Join this webinar hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) to learn about the implementation and enforcement of tobacco-free policies by different types of institutions, the legal implications, and how you can be involved in the effort. 
Presentations will be delivered by the Public Health Law Center/Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Oklahoma State University, North Arkansas College, and The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative.

The intended audience for this webinar include public health officials, college administrators and staff, state and local health departments, and institutions of higher education.

ASTHO's Tobacco website to read more about tobacco regulations, view state case studies, and access more tobacco resources.

NACCHO offers a range of resources for local health departments on tobacco prevention and control. Visit
NACCHO's tobacco prevention and control webpage for publications, tools, and more on how local health departments can further tobacco prevention and control initiatives in their jurisdictions. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Florida Department of Health Presents the Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series: The Genetics of Prostate Cancer

The Florida Department of Health Presents the Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series

The Genetics of Prostate Cancer

In observance of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the speaker for this webinar will provide information about the role of genetics in prostate cancer and her experience as a genetic counselor.

This will include a discussion about the genes that have been linked to cancer genetics and a review of new data on prostate cancer genetics.

Date & Time:
Thursday, September 25, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Featured speaker:
Diana Moglia-Tully, MS, CGC
Manager, Clinical Genetic Counseling Services,

To PRE-REGISTER for the online meeting:
Please register for The Genetics of Prostate Cancer using the following link:

Webinar ID: 107-733-851

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Teleconference information:

Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-309-2071

Attendee access code: 663-646-504

For more information about this webinar, please open the attached announcement. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the upcoming webinar, contact Eric Gipson at
eric.gipson@flhealth.gov. Thank you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

You Are Invited! Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition 3rd Annual Summit, October 1-2, Orlando

Greetings Florida Cancer Stakeholders:  

We would like to invite you to attend the Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition's 3rd Annual Summit co-hosted by Reduce Obesity in Central Florida Kids (R.O.C.K).

The theme for the Summit this year is a "Healthy Weight for All.” The Summit will be packed with educational and networking activities. Obesity experts will discuss the latest thinking about our tools to prevent and manage obesity. Topics will range from pediatric obesity, health care costs of obesity and health disparities, to physical activity for individuals with disabilities and breakout sessions on the built environment, gold medal school districts and childhood obesity. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn from others during the Florida Showcase and poster exhibits. 

CEUs are available for nurses, and CEUs are pending for dieticians.

Summit Details:

Date: October 1, 2014 (8:00am - 5:00pm EST)

October 2, 2014 (8:00am - 11:30pm EST - Day 2 is an optional Coalition Planning Day)

Where: Kissimmee, FL

Theme: "Healthy Weight for All”

October 1st Keynote Speakers:

Rob Bisceglie, MA, Executive Director, Action for Healthy Kids
Jessica Donze Black, MS, RD/LDN, Kid's Safe and Healthful Foods, The Pew Charitable Trusts
David Jones, BA, Disabled Outdoors Association
Dr. Adewale Troutman MD, MPH, MA, CPH, Former President APHA 

October 2nd Agenda:

Opportunity to give input to the 2015 Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Implementation Plan 

To view the draft agenda, please visit

To register for this year's Summit, please visit
We look forward to having you join us at the 2014 Summit!

Monday, September 8, 2014

14th Annual Gainesville Senior Games

October 3, 2014 – October 12, 2014

The Gainesville Sports Commission is proud to announce the 14th Annual Gainesville Senior Games Presented by UF Health will take place on October 3-12, 2014! This year’s games includes the following events: archery, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, swimming, table tennis, track and field, a 5K race and new this year… Billiards!

This local Senior Games is sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation and is a qualifier for the Florida State Championships. If you are 50 and older and enjoy competition, the 14th Annual Gainesville Senior Games is for you!

For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gainesville Health & Fitness Spin-Off

On October 16th at 7 p.m., Gainesville Health & Fitness will host the                                  Pink Pumpkin "Spin-Off"  for those unable to participate in the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off on October 4th.

All proceeds from the Spin-Off will be donated to the therapy-resistant breast cancer research fund at UF Health's cancer center, as will the proceeds from the "PPP" !

If you don't own a bicycle, this is your opportunity to be involved, have fun, and get a

"PPP" t shirt as well as other goodies.  And you'll know that you are contributing to critically needed breast cancer research, being conducted locally at the University of Florida.

The Spin-Off will be held in the new SkyCycle studio at the GH&F main facility on Newberry road.

Please click on: http://www.ghfc.com/GoPink      for all the details....then register today!

 We appreciate your support, and that of Gainesville Health & Fitness.  You don't need to be a member to participate, but registration is limited to 50.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HPV tests: the key to universal screening for cervical cancer?

On September 10th, 2014, Cervical Cancer Action (CCA) will be hosting its 10th webinar. Building on the growing evidence and experience in cervical cancer prevention presented in previous webinars, this webinar will present the expanding evidence that HPV testing could lead to a breakthrough in our ability to protect all women with cervical cancer screening and treatment.
A group of leading experts will discuss the latest scientific evidence, modalities of use, uptake in low- and middle-income countries and the evolution of global and national recommendations for use of HPV testing--changes that could signal a new era in cervical cancer prevention.
  • Dr. Jose Jeronimo, Senior Advisor for Women's Cancers, and Director of the START-UP Project, PATH, USA.
  • Dr. Debbie Saslow, Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer, American Cancer Society, USA.
  • Dr. Silvina Arrossi, Scientific Coordinator, National Program on Cervical Cancer Prevention, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad/National Council for Scientific and Technologic Research, Argentina.
  • Dr. Carolyn Nakisige, Gynecologist, Mulago Teaching and National Referral Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecological Oncology Unit, Uganda.
  • Dr. Joanna Cain, Professor and Vice-Chair, OB/GYN, and Director of Faculty Talent Management, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Chair of the WHO Committee on the revision of the C4GEP manual, WHO’s new guidelines on cervical cancer control, USA.
To register, click here.

The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series - Patient Navigation and Community Health: Engaging Partners to Improve Patient Care

The Florida Department of Health Presents
The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series
Patient Navigation and Community Health: Engaging Partners to Improve Patient Care


Community Health Workers and Health Navigators serve complimentary roles for people working through a complex health system. These professionals are exploring best practices to support patient access to health services in a variety of communities. This webinar will highlight lessons learned from integrating health access systems.

Learning objectives
  • Describe role and responsibilities of Patient Navigators and Community Health Workers
  • Discuss George Washington Cancer Institute partnerships with community organizations and Community Health Workers
  • Discuss strategies for engaging partners to advance the field of patient navigation and improve patient care

Intended Audience: Health Care Navigators and Professionals, Community Health Workers, Administrators and Interested Stakeholders

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

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Featured speaker:

Adrienne Thomas, LGSW

Project Manager, George Washington Cancer Institute

One hour of continuing education units (CEUs) is available in all Children’s Medical Services approved boards of practice including: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, and Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.

To join the online meeting:

Please register for Patient Navigation and Community Health use the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7697164496206193666
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.