Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cyber-Seminar: Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Latino Communities

May 19, 2015 3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT

Creating environments where healthy behaviors are socially supported and accessible is essential in preventing cancer and reducing health disparities. In our May NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar, we will highlight two innovative and successful interventions designed to redress these challenges in Latino communities.

Dr. Elva Arredondo will describe the Faith in Action (Fe en Acción) study designed to improve the health of Latina women in San Diego. The study aims to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity among churchgoing Latina women while evaluating the impact of the built environment on physical activity in various communities throughout San Diego. She will conclude the presentation by discussing challenges and solutions to implementing health promotion programs in faith based organizations in Latino communities.

Dr. Guadalupe Ayala will describe an innovative social- and structural-change store-based intervention to increase availability and accessibility of fruits and vegetables in tiendas (small-to medium-sized Latino food stores) and purchasing and consumption of fruits and vegetables among tienda customers. She will conclude by presenting new measurement approaches for assessing the food environment and discussing opportunities to translate the intervention to other settings.
As always, the final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion. We particularly welcome you to share your own experiences and thoughts.
Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the research and development of Faith in Action (Fe en Acción)
  • Understand the community role and opportunities for improved nutrition in working with tiendas in Latino communities
  • Discuss lessons learned, successes, and ongoing challenges implementing health promotion programs in Latino communities

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cancer Connections 2015 Schedule

Location of Meetings: HealthStreet - building at 2401 SW Old Archer road in Gainesville

May 27 Dr. Singhal and Derly Munoz lymph node transplants Shands

June 24 Robin Heysel hospice: advanced care planning and 5 Wishes

July 22 Dr. Balamucki NFRMC HPV/prevention of head/neck/cervical cancers

August 19 (third Wednesday) Dr. Moawad Shands; minimally invasive gyn surgery, cancer prevention tips

Sept. 23 Robin Lewy the RWHP's work with Creando Nuestra Salud (Creating our Health)- an early breast cancer detection program for Hispanic women (rural women's health program)

October 28 Dr. Hayes breast cancer

November 18 (third Weds.) Elaine Zapata RPN gyn cancers

December 16 (third Weds.) Dr. Forsmark Shands; advanced endoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer

Monday, April 27, 2015

HPV Regional Panel to Convene in Marion County

OCALA - The Cancer Alliance of Marion and The Marion County Children’s Alliance join
The Florida Department of Health, local physicians and Regional Cancer Centers in recognizing
the importance of our community being well informed about Cancer Prevention and the
Human Papillomavirus or HPV.

“Efforts to Reduce Cancer Burden through HPV Vaccination”
An HPV Regional Panel Discussion will take place in Ocala,
Wednesday May 20, 2015, from 5:30-8:00pm.
Marion County Sheriff’s Department – North Entrance
3300 NW 10th Street, Ocala
Multi-Purpose Conference Room


Panelists include Steve Bucy, MD, RBOI, Ocala; Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center,
Tampa; Dearline Thomas-Brown, RN, FDOH Tallahassee (by special invitation of John Armstrong, MD
Florida State Surgeon General); Geoffrey Young, MD,Head & Neck, Mayo Clinic, JAX; Jacqueline Castagno, MD, GYN Oncologist, UF Women’s Health, Gainesville & Donna Fritz, RN FDOH, Immunizations, Marion County.

Parents, Guardians, Health Care Professionals, Community Leaders, and anyone interested
in learning more about Cancer Prevention through HPV Vaccination is invited to attend.

The HPV Panel will address questions such as:
What is HPV?
Does HPV cause cancer?
Is there a vaccine that can prevent against HPV infection?
Is the vaccine safe?
How old should my kids be when they are vaccinated? Boys too? Why?
Where can I have my child vaccinated in Marion County?
How much does the vaccine cost?
Where can I find more information?

BY Q & A moderated by Hayley Creasey, RN, Oncology Service Line Director, Ocala Health System.

DINNER WILL BE SERVED. Space is Limited! Please call MCCA @ 352-438-5990 or Linda Koontz
CAMC 352-812-4378 to reserve your seat. RSVP deadline is Friday May 8, 2015.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cancer Stakeholder April-May 2015

Dear Cancer Partners,

To view the latest issue please visit: Note that to open links in the publication, you must select the link icon which appears when you hover over the text. If you would like a PDF please email or click the "Share" link below the publication and select Download.

This issue includes:

Program Spotlight: April is National Gardening Month and May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

State Update: Four Florida Hospitals Recognized as Cancer Centers of Excellence

Cancer Survivor Tips: Palliative Care

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

Cancer in the News: The latest articles from great resources such as US Preventive Services Task Force, American Institute for Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Science Daily, and Medical News Today

Funding Opportunities: For initiatives and/or research focused on disparities, palliative care, health system access, health infrastructure, healthy behaviors, quality of life, health cost and coverage, physical activity and interventions to address multiple chronic health conditions

Events: Local and national conferences for cancer stakeholders 

Please share with your partners!

Friday, April 10, 2015

CME/CEU Colorectal Cancer Educational Opportunity

Free CME from the CDC colonoscopy screening for colorectalcancer: Optimizing quality
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Are your patients getting the maximum benefit from colorectal cancer screening? A new free continuing educationcourse, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening to help ensure that patients do receive maximum benefit. This course was developed by nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including gastroenterologists, primary care clinicians and leaders in public health programs and research. It is narrated by David Lieberman, MD, Oregon Health and Science University, member of the Governing Board of the AGA and a past president of the ASGE.

Accreditation Statements
CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 2.0 contact hours.
CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Webinar - Palliative Care in Oncology: tips and tools for taking action to improve quality care and quality of life

You’re invited to a free webinar on Palliative Care in Oncology hosted by the American Cancer Society.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 | 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Webinar Topics:

Please join us for an interactive discussion on integrating palliative care in oncology practice, including practical tips and information to:

 Improve proficiency explaining palliative care its benefits in oncology across the care continuum among patients, families, and practitioners

 Understand how collaboration between oncology and palliative care specialists can improve outcomes along continuum of care for adults and children with cancer at any age and any stage

 Access resources available to support cancer centers and oncology teams in achieving quality care improvement measures and initiatives associated with integrated palliative care, including the Commission on Cancer palliative care standard

To Register:

About our guest speaker: Dr. Lynne Padgett is a Health Scientist/Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB). She is the Technical Lead for the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) in the areas of cancer survivorship and palliative care. She also is pursuing projects related to data harmonization in collaboration with the Grid-Enable Measures (GEM) team.

Dr. Padgett earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2001 with concentrations in Behavioral Medicine and Research Design/Statistics. She holds a Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and completed a certificate program focused on the integration of theology/spirituality and psychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry in the Human Genetics Lab in 2003. Her program of research focuses on measurement issues related to cognition and emotional distress, as well as interventions to improve or maximize cognitive functioning. She is particularly interested in the process of implementing biobehavioral science into community clinical practice, and facilitating research with community partners. In addition, she is interested in organization factors associated with the practice of palliative care.

Webinar - Moving to a Model of Wellness: Workplace Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Programs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Worksite wellness programs are drawing increasing attention for their promise in reducing the burden of cancer and improving the quality of life of cancer survivors. NCI’s April Research to Reality cyber-seminar will examine two worksite wellness initiatives that have implemented effective and innovative policy, systems, and environmental changes.
Joanne Pike of the Preventive Health Partnership will speak about the role federal and state advocacy work plays to ensure a modern prevention delivery system as part of the national health care reform debate. In addition to discussing the role of advocacy, Dr. Pike, will highlight PHP’s co-branded clinically-oriented programs and materials designed to help raise awareness and utilization of preventive services.
Peggy Hannon of the University of Washington School of Public Health who will share more on HealthLinks: a workplace wellness program and its current randomized controlled trial. She will also touch on early work with American Cancer Society targeting large employers, and efforts to tailor an approach to meet the needs of smaller employers, including formative work with employers and employees.
The final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion and will offer an opportunity to engage with the presenters, and also to share your own experiences and thoughts.
Learning Objectives
At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of and difference between health promotion activities and policies
  • Identify key issues related to workplace wellness in small and large business settings and the Impact that prevention and wellness programs have on health outcomes
  • Discuss challenges of implementing wellness iniatives across settings, barriers to and tools for success.
Register Here

Thursday, April 2, 2015

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update Webinar

The Immunization Section is pleased to announce a training presentation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update Webinar” for Friday, April 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–noon (EDT). 

CDC’s Dr. Lauri Markowitz will provide an update on HPV vaccine recommendations and a review of the HPV vaccine session at last month’s meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP voted on use of 9-valent HPV vaccine. 

To register online please visit:

Shannon Stokley will be available to answer questions regarding programmatic implications and Jill Roark will also be on to respond to communications-related questions. 

Note: The Immunization Section makes every attempt to provide training on a variety of subjects/issues, without endorsement, for those interested in immunizations.  

Please distribute this important information to colleagues, members, coalitions, and partners who provide or have an interest in immunizations. Please place this information prominently on your website. 

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact Dearline Thomas-Brown, RN regarding vaccine recommendations, or Janet Compton regarding this training, respectively at (850) 245-4342.