Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series

The Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research (MACOD-R) Partnership

an initiative of the
UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program

presents the
Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series

Ayodola Anise, MHS
Program Officer
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Thursday, April 23, 2015
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Register Here

HPNP Complex Auditorium
University of Florida-Gainesville

Monday, March 30, 2015

Camp Kesem: Empowering Kids Affected by a Parent's Cancer

Tallahassee, FL, - Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides a life-long peer support network to help children, ages 6 to 16, through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is pleased to kick off its 4th annual season of camp in Hawthorne, FL

Anchored in a network of free programs that are led by passionate college student volunteers across the country, Camp Kesem is organized locally in Tallahassee, FL by dedicated students from Florida State University. This summer, Camp Kesem at FSU will host 60+ campers from August 2-August 7, 2015 at Camp Kateri, located in Hawthorne, FL. 

With 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million children impacted by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems. Camp Kesem helps these children through and beyond their parent’s cancer by providing a care-free and fun environment in which they can interact and bond with peers who face similar struggles at home.

Children that attend Camp Kesem at FSU will participate in a host of fun activities including sports, drama, arts & crafts, adventurous scavenger hunts, and talent shows. Nightly “Cabin Chats” allow campers to open up to their peers and counselors. 

Quotes from camper parents: 

​​“She has never had someone her age who understands how it feels. It's all still so new she cant wait to go to camp and just have a break!”

“It was wonderful to lie in bed nursing my chemo pain, and listening to my boys telling me what they did at camp. They really had a great time. They even told me they love it more than the Disney cruise.”

Camp Kesem at FSU is organized by dedicated students at Florida State University who work year long to plan and fundraise for an impactful week of camp. Student volunteers and counselors experience leadership development and undergo twenty hours of extensive training prior to camp. Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to all participating families and is therefore supported by private donations and community support. 

For more information about the camp and how to register, please visit:



Camp Kesem provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a life-long, peer-support network that recognizes and understands their unique needs. This summer, Camp Kesem will serve nearly 4,000 children, ages 6-16, with critical support through free summer camps led by passionate college students empowered with life & leadership skills. Camp Kesem currently exists at 63 chapters in 29 states and operates off donations and community support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.campkesem.org, Facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.


Camp Kesem FSU was founded in 2011 and supports children in the North Florida community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem FSU is operated by 35 student volunteers and serves 60 campers ages 6-16 per year. For more information about Camp Kesem at FSU please visit www.campkesem.org/fsu, Facebook.com/campkesemfsu and @campkesemfsu on Twitter.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Funding Opportunity: Aetna Foundation

For 2015, we are launching an Open RFP we call Local Roots: Supporting Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets. Through this RFP we will fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets in underserved neighborhoods so that fresh fruits and vegetables are locally available, accessible and affordable.

Beyond the gardens, farms or farmers markets themselves, successful applicants must have programs that also engage local residents in one or more of the following:

Nutrition education and/or cooking classes that improve knowledge and skills about the health benefits of fresh produce;
Cultivating and/or distributing produce that reflects local ethnic and cultural food traditions;
Providing ways to learn job skills and/or entrepreneurship (within the context of the gardens, farms and markets); and/or
Generating opportunities for people to support the project through community service or volunteer work. 

We welcome you to apply. Please click here to review the RFP for eligibility guidelines and details.

Applicant Webinar

Wednesday, April 8th

1 PM to 2 PM EDT
Register by sending an email to aetnafoundation@aetna.com with the subject line "Webinar: Aetna Foundation Local Roots Grant Program." Include your name, your organization name, and up to 3 questions you have about the program (we can't respond to project-specific inquiries).

You'll receive a reply from us with instructions on how to participate.

Note: The webinar is optional; you don't have to attend in order to apply for the grant

The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series: Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Preventing and Eliminating Overweight/Obesity among Community Members and Patients in Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low-Income Communities

The Florida Department of Health Presents

The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series

Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Preventing and Eliminating Overweight/Obesity among Community Members and Patients in Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low-Income Communities

Research has confirmed that being overweight or obese increases the risk for certain cancers. Dr. Carolyn Tucker will provide information about the factors involved with increased cancer risk and overweight and obesity including: obesity-related disparities, culturally sensitive approaches to prevention, provider tools for lifestyle change in patients and implementing targeted interventions. 
Learning objectives
  • Raise awareness of obesity disparities that negatively impact racial/ethnic minority and low-income communities
  • Know the characteristics of culturally sensitive approaches to preventing and eliminating obesity and obesity disparities
  • Describe two culturally sensitive approaches/programs for empowering racial/ethnic minority and low-income community members and patients to help prevent and eliminate obesity in their communities
  • Identify tools that can be used by providers to help enable their patients to engage in health promoting lifestyles that prevent overweight/obesity.
  • Highlight views of culturally diverse patients, providers, researchers, and community stakeholders regarding needed interventions and intervention research to prevent and eliminate obesity and obesity disparities in culturally diverse communities
Intended Audience: Health Care Educators and Navigators, Dieticians, Nutritionist, Researchers, Health Care Administrators and Interested Stakeholders

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Featured speaker:
Carolyn Tucker, PhD
Director, University of Florida Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program,
College of Medicine

One hour of continuing education units (CEUs) is available for Florida Nursing license holders.

To join the online meeting:
Please register using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6634926316574734849
Webinar ID: 159-252-571
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Webinar: Food Matters for Families! Strategies to Foster Eating for Health And Cancer Prevention

Free Webinar from the American Cancer Institute

Overweight and obesity are responsible for approximately 112,000 cases of cancer in the United States each year. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans develops cancer at some point in their lives. Although cancer touches many of us, many parents and health educators are unaware that prevention starts early – in childhood, or even in utero! Learn how diet can affect not only your health, but that of generations to come. Understand how foods like green leafy vegetables can improve health and protect your DNA from changes that can be passed on to your offspring. Find out how parental eating habits influence a children's eating habits for life, how to motivate yourself to eat better, and the steps you can take to raise a healthy family while lowering cancer risks.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Join Us in Tampa For a Town Hall on Cancer

RSVP for a special early screening of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" and panel discussion at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa on March 28. 

KEN BURNS Presents:

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:30am – 11:30am

Please join us for a special early screening of the powerful documentary film! After the screening, WUSF’s Carson Cooper will moderate a panel discussion with Moffitt Cancer Center experts focusing on:

The History of Cancer
Medical Miracles in Treatment
A Patient’s Perspective

The event is free and includes breakfast.

Registration is required.

Location: Moffitt Cancer Center, Stabile Research Building 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL
Free valet parking at Gold Valet


Monday, March 16, 2015

Affordable Care Act and Cancer Care Services in Indian Country

Title: Affordable Care Act and Cancer Care Services in Indian Country

Date: March 31, 2015

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET



Tinka Duran, Program Manager

Affordable Care Act Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Navigator Program

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board


Learning Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the Affordable Care Act and American Indian Exemption

2. Assess the benefits of ACA enrollment by American Indians and Alaska Natives

3. Leverage the ACA to provide cancer care services for American Indians and Alaska Natives


Target Audience:

Physicians, nurses, health educators, administrators, and support staff working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native communities.


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


Funding for this webinar was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DP13-1314 Consortium of National Networks to Impact Populations Experiencing Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities.  Webinar contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Continuing Education:


To obtain a certificate of continuing education, you must be registered for the course, participate in the webinar in its entirety and submit a completed post-webinar survey.  The post-webinar survey will be emailed to you after the completion of the course.  Certificates will be mailed to participants within four weeks by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center.




This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center and the National Native Network.  The IHS Clinical Support Center designates this live activity for 1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each hour of participation.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


This activity is designated 1.0 contact hour for nurses.


Faculty Disclosure Statement:  As a provider accredited by ACCME, ANCC, and ACPE, the IHS Clinical Support Center must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities.  Course directors/coordinators, planning committee members, faculty, reviewers and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity.  Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place.  Faculty will also disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation.  All those who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have completed the disclosure process and have indicated that they do not have any significant financial relationships or affiliations with any manufacturers or commercial products to disclose.


No commercial interest support was used to fund this activity.  Non-commercial support obtained through a CDC grant.

Friday, March 13, 2015

NCI Cyber-Seminar - Increasing CRC Screening Rates across Underserved Populations: Strategies, Collaborations and Opportunities

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet CRC is 90% curable with timely detection and appropriate treatment of precancerous polyps; increased screening could reduce incidence by up to 50%. As part of our focus for CRC Awareness Month, our March cyber-seminar will examine two promising initiatives which are proving effective in increasing CRC screening rates.

Rates of CRC screening are extremely low in patients at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), which serve nearly 19 million patients annually. To address this disparity, the STOP CRC (Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colorectal Cancer in Priority Populations) trial tests a culturally tailored, health care system–based program to improve CRC screening rates in the Oregon Community Health Information Network, a community-based collaborative network of more than 200 FQHCs. The study’s Principal Investigator, Gloria Coronado will discuss how the study’s results can provide information on how to use electronic health record resources to optimize guideline-based screening in FQHC clinics whose patient populations have disproportionately low CRC screening rates.

Mary Doroshenk of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) will speak about “80% by 2018”. Over 200 organizations have committed to this shared goal to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. The Roundtable, a national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations whose mission is to advance colorectal cancer control efforts by improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among health agencies, medical-professional organizations, and the public, leads this effort. Mary Doroshenk will talk about the strategy for getting to 80% by 2018 and resources that are available to help organizations make this happen.

We will also hear a brief update from Aubrey Villalobos, Director of Comprehensive Cancer Control at the George Washington Cancer Institute, on the newly released CRC Awareness Social Media toolkit. 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 strategies to engage priority populations in research to improve screening rates;
  • Articulate how electronic health records can help optimize guideline based screening in communities with low screening rates;
  • Identify key goals and high priority aims of the NCCTR initiative and resources available to the community.

Register Here

Monday, March 9, 2015

Upcoming event: Modern Miracles of Oncology

Cancer Center of Putnam 


Modern Miracles of Oncology

Dr. Anand Kuruvilla and Dr. Wynn Sullivan

of the Cancer Center of Putnam

Invite you to attend a session that will share

Modern Miracles of Medical Oncology


Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Registration

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Presentation

St. John’s River State College, Flo Arts Auditorium
5001 St. John’s Avenue

Palatka, FL 32177

Featured speaker is

Richard W. Joseph, MD
Associate Professor of Oncology

Division of Hematology and Oncology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Other vendors will be on site sharing their latest products

and targeted immuno therapies

Please RSVP to Gail Smith

386-325-8140 or

By Friday, March 6th

This event offers a 1 hour CME for physicians

Attend Love Your Colon: Raising Colon Cancer Screening Awareness

Wednesday March 18, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Online Event - Details will be provided.

FLHCC is hosting a one hour webinar to highlight the importance of colorectal cancer screening. This educational event is sponsored by Genentech and Magellan Rx.

As health care costs continue to rise, employers are faced with addressing the impact that serious conditions like cancer, especially colorectal cancer, can have on their employees and their company. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death among men and women; however, it may be preventable and treatable if caught early through screening. This webinar will provide valuable information to help employers raise workplace awareness of colorectal cancer and potentially life-saving screening procedures.

Key topics will include:
- a review of Love Your Colon: a program designed to increase awareness of colorectal cancer screening among employers, payers and providers
- information and tools specifically designed for use by employers and other stakeholders to help drive awareness and action

7th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit

7th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit

Reducing Nicotine Addiction: A Clinical & Community Approach 

The 7th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit will provide in depth information regarding Smokeless Tobacco, Update on E-Cigarettes, Pregnant Women and Tobacco Use, Mental Health & Tobacco Use, and Systems Change. This is a day of learning appropriate for Healthcare Professionals-Doctors, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Community Health Workers, Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, CHES Credits, Mental Health Counselors, Tobacco Treatment Specialists, and CHWs.

Free Lunch & Continuing Education!


Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm



Ravine Gardens

1600 Twigg Street                                      

Palatka, FL 32177


Co-Sponsors: North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative & Putnam Community Medical Center



Joey's Wings Fundraiser for Kidney Cancer

Joey Xu was an artist, a violinist, an amazing origami master, but most of all an inspirational runner. He had the endurance and energy of a runner spread throughout all aspects of his life. In March of 2013, two weeks after his 9th birthday, Joey was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer. During Joey’s cancer treatment, his mom asked him what he wanted to do first after recovering. “I just want to run” was his only response. No expensive toys and games, no trip to Disney, just the strength to run. During the extensive treatments and many nights away from home, Joey always clung to the hope that he would one day have the health and freedom to run again. Cancer takes many things from our children: their health, their freedom, and even their lives. Yet even when suffering, many like Joey simply wish to live life as a normal child: to laugh, to walk, to RUN. Joey's Run 5K run/walk was inspired by Joey’s wish. Help us celebrate the childhood that he longed for in our first annual 5K run/walk! This is a non-profit event, and all proceeds go to the Joey’s Wings Foundation.

Register here: http://www.joeywings.org/events.html