Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Opportunity for Nurses - ENRICH Recruitment

ENRICH: A training opportunity for nurses to part in the fourth cohort of ENRICH (Educating Nurses about Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare). Both Clement Gwede and myself serve as faculty/collaborators in this program.   

As background, ENRICH is a web-based training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical and skill building modules to help oncology nurses communicate timely and relevant information regarding reproductive health to their adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients. Please pass along to those involved in this important area of cancer care. The MPIs of this training program are Drs. Vadaparampil and Quinn from Moffitt. 

All applicants can also access the application and information about the program by visiting www.rhoinstitute.org

For specific questions, please contact Meghan Bowman, Research Coordinator at Meghan.bowman@moffitt.org or 813-745-6941.

Hispanics and Skin Cancer Webinar


Hispanics and Skin Cancer



Summer is here and skin cancer prevention should be a priority for everyone enjoying the weather. However, it is often mistakenly thought that Hispanics and others with darker skin are not at risk for this serious form of cancer. This webinar will discuss skin cancer and how it affects Hispanics in the United States, and will cover topics including the latest skin cancer data among Hispanics, the specific skin cancer control challenges faced by Hispanics, and recommendations to improve the prevention of skin cancer among this population. Join the Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) National Hispanic Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities for this important webinar.



Friday, July 31, 2015

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EST


To Register:



Flor McKinley, RN, MSN-NE


Flor McKinley is a Health Promotion Advisor at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health where she has operated the bilingual Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline for the past five years. Ms. McKinley responds to Helpline callers from around the United States with culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and provider referrals. Ms. McKinley also delivers trainings to improve the services provided by caregivers of returned veterans for the Veterans Administration Caregiver Support Program. Prior to working at the Alliance, Ms. McKinley worked in Pennsylvania, Alabama, and North Carolina providing patient-centered care in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, nursing home, clinics, outpatient facilities, and public health organizations for over 10 years. Ms. McKinley holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cyber-Seminar: Harnessing the Power of Story-telling to Improve Cancer Control Practice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Can a story be your most effective cancer control tool? Stories help us remember, shape our identity, and influence how we see the world. Our July NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar will examine the role of effective narratives in cancer control prevention and implementation. Join us in a wide-ranging discussion of the power of story-telling ---- not just as a“ communication channel” but the research behind what makes for an effective narrative.

Dr. Sheila Murphy will help frame our discussion by looking at how the power and perseverance of a narrative or story structure has been recognized and utilized for thousands of years. Her recent work examines how narrative can most effectively convey crucial, potentially lifesaving health information. Sheila will review some of her research findings which identify the factors that make a narrative more or less persuasive. 

To illustrate how narratives can be a powerful tool in risk communication, Dr. Stephanie Wheeler will describe her study that uses patient narratives about endocrine therapy use to understand racial variation in perceptions about recurrence risk and side effects. Stephanie will discuss how narratives can serve as motivators to initiate and adhere to endocrine therapy in diverse patient populations.

The final part of our session, as always, is dedicated to your questions and sharing. We invite you to share your story with us!

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
http://lists.icfwebservices.com/t/125782/1154057/4653/34/ approximately one week following the presentation.

Monday, July 13, 2015

North Central Florida Community Health Worker Training

Community health workers help improve healthcare access and utilization among underserved populations. Join us for this FREE training and learn about statewide certification for community health workers and more.

An in-depth look into the Community Health Worker Statewide Certification
Tonya Bell, CCHW
Motivational Interviewing for Community Health Workers
Cathy Cook, Suwannee River Area Health Education Center
Disability and Health – Best Practices for Community Health Workers
Danielle Scheer, Florida Office on Disability and Health

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development (CIED), 530 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Community Health Workers (CHWs), groups/organizations interested in learning more about the state-wide CHW certification
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Depending on availability, participants may be offered a travel stipend to attend this training. Due to limited funding, please try to get your employer to reimburse you for your travel. Stipends of $30 available to the first 25 participants traveling greater than 50 miles; restrictions do apply.
Travel application attached. Please submit travel applications by July 15, 2015.

PLEASE RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, JULY 22. Select "Register Now!" below.

Register Now!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lauren Vagelakos –
lvagelakos@wellflorida.orgor 352-313-6500 x115

Cancer Connections on July 22nd

Join us Wednesday July 22nd at noon for a presentation by Dr. Grant McFadden, Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, 

U.F. College of Medicine and world renowned expert on oncolytic viruses . The subject will be:

Oncolytic Virotherapy: Using Viruses to Treat Cancer
directions to HealthStreet (2401 "old" Archer road)

Please be SURE to call LePaige at the HealthStreet desk no later than Tuesday July 22nd if you would like the take the free shuttle to and from the meeting: 294-4880

The shuttle picks up at the WEST end of Davis Cancer Center, in front of radiation oncology, and at the V.A., and at the UF Health cancer hospital. The shuttle vehicle is a white van labeled HealthStreet.

Be sure to get clarification on the time and exact location of where you will be picked up.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in joining us, but remember to RSVP by Monday July 20th to be included in the lunch count ($4 donation requested). Please plan to arrive about ten minutes early to help yourself to lunch and find a seat.

If you are unable to RSVP by Monday, please plan to bring you own lunch so that there will be plenty for those who RSVPd. Thanks!

The meetings are advertised in the Gainesville Sun Sunday edition in section "D" under "week ahead."

If you use facebook, please 'like' Cancer Connections' facebook page listed under Cancer Connections at HealthStreet.

Hope to see you on the 22nd! If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.