Friday, October 30, 2015

Info & Resoruces for Genetic Cancer Testing


Finding genetic services


Information about hereditary cancer

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Register Now | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Spread the word!

Tell your colleagues and friends about this great learning opportunity. Forward this email or tweet about the webinar.

Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being. Together, they can help decrease a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A healthful diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also play an important role in managing many health conditions so they do not worsen over time.

Join us on Thursday, November 19 to learn more about the King County, WA Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative, which focuses on implementing policy, systems, environment, and infrastructure changes to address obesity by promoting healthy eating and active living (HEAL). During this webinar, presenters will share data on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. You will also hear about interventions and resources that can help address issues related to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in your community.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pink Pumpkin Spin-Off

Terry Weber and Barb Thomas of Cancer Connections, and representing the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off fundraising event of the non-profit Power of 2, would like to invite you to a Pink Pumpkin Spin-off on November 1st, inside at the YMCA on nw 34th street.  Please see the attached flyer for details.


As with the Pedal-Off and the Tea for a Cure (held on October 17th this year with great success), all funds raised through your participation in or donation to the Spin-off, will go to helping our researchers at the UF Health cancer center to find more effective, targeted therapies for treatment-resistant breast cancers such as triple negative.


For more information on triple negative breast cancer:


Please join us in this worthwhile cause by signing up for the Spin-off, which is open to

non-YMCA members and members alike, and you don't need to own a bicycle to participate!  Pedal-Off tee shirts will be available, as well as snacks, to those who pre-register (please see attached flyer).


see you there!


Terry and Barb

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NEW Creative For Health Workshops for People Affected by Cancer

Starting in the month of October, UF Center for Arts in Medicine and UF HealthStreet are excited to host Creative for Health: Art and Writing Workshops for People Affected by Cancer!  The two programs will be collaborating with one another to promote a healthier community through engaging workshops for writing, art, theater, and music in a fun and supportive environment.

Participants will enjoy a variety of activities including painting, sculpting, dancing, and singing. These classes are open to all people affected by cancer: patients, survivors and caregivers.

Our wonderful partnering coordinator Dylan Klempner, will be joined by a guest instructor for each workshop.   Participants are welcome to bring their own art projects or use materials provided by the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. The weekly art and writing workshops are FREE and open to the public, taking place every Wednesday at HealthStreet from 2-3 pm(2401 SW Archer Road) for six weeks from October 21st to December 2nd (excluding November 11th).

For more information about the workshops, please contact 352-733-0880. To signup, please contact, 352-294-4880. Also feel free to share this series of workshops with friends, colleagues or anyone who would be interested in attending!

Cancer Connections October 28th

Mark your calendars to join us at HealthStreet on Wednesday October 28th at NOON, for a presentation by Dr. Cherylle Hayes, lead radiation oncologist of NFRMC.

Dr. Hayes will speak about various aspects of breast cancer, including advances in triple negative treatments.


PLEASE NOTE!!!  We need your RSVP by Monday October 26th to include you in the lunch count ($4 donation requested).  A healthful side dish to be shared is welcome in lieu of the donation!  If you are unable to RSVP by Monday, we ask that you bring you own lunch so that there will be plenty for those who RSVPd.


Plan to arrive by 11:50 to help yourself to lunch and find a seat.

The presentation will start promptly at 12:10.


directions to HealthStreet (2401 "old" Archer road)


Call Erick at HealthStreet at 294-4871 no later than Tuesday October 27th, if you would like the take the free shuttle to and from the meeting.

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.


Please ask Erick for clarification on the time and exact location of where you will be picked up.  The shuttle also picks up at the ACS building and at the UF cancer hospital, upon request.


Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in joining us, but we need RSVPs by Monday October 26th to include those attending in the lunch count ($4 donation requested). 

Please remember to arrive before noon, to help yourself to lunch and find a seat, so that Dr. Hayes may begin on time.

Hope to see you on the 28th for a great presentation!

October-November 2015 Cancer Stakeholder

Dear Cancer Partners,


To view the latest issue please visit: .  If you would like a PDF please email or click the Share link below the publication and select Download.

This issue includes:

Program Spotlight: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

State Update: Breast and Cervical Cancer Reach and Connect Project

Cancer Survivor Tips: Survivorship Care Plan Pilot Project

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

Healthiest Weight Florida: Small Steps to Living Healthy

Cancer in the News: The latest articles from great resources such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Institute for Cancer Research, Medical News Today, Science Daily and National Cancer Institute

Funding Opportunities: For initiatives and research focused on patient centered outcomes, proactive health care, palliative care, changes to health systems, health care for vulnerable populations, biological and genetic causes of cancer disparity, biomedical computing, tobacco regulatory science and physical activity

Events: Local and national conferences for cancer stakeholders

Please share with your partners!

The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Access to Genetic Risk Assessment Services for Hereditary Breast Cancer

The Florida Department of Health Presents

The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Access to Genetic Risk Assessment Services for Hereditary Breast Cancer


Breast cancer is the most common and second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Florida, with a total of 43,090 women new cases and 8,346 mortalities between 2011 and 2013.1 Genetic testing has helped to reduce the burden of breast cancer, allowing more targeted treatment and preventative care to stop the disease before it forms. Testing is widely available now and can impact management, surveillance, and potential prophylactic options for persons affected. Recent research highlights unique health disparities with genetic risk as well as access to genetic testing and care within certain populations and emphasizing the need for more education and outreach.

Learning objectives

             Describe several features that are associated with hereditary breast cancer

             Understand the significance of identifying hereditary breast cancer and opportunities to prevent future cancers

             Recognize racial and ethnic disparities in access to hereditary cancer testing and uptake of cancer risk reducing options among young breast cancer survivors in Florida

             Explain some common barriers to accessing genetic services and potential ways to overcome these barriers

Intended Audience: Health Care Providers, Health Care Educators and Navigators, Researchers, Health Care Administrators and Interested Stakeholders

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Featured speaker:


Deborah Cragun, PhD, MS, CGC

Assistant Professor, College of Public Health

University of South Florida


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:  

Webinar ID: 149-434-827

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

World Food Championship Recipe Submissions Accepted through 10/22

 Submit your health recipe for a chance to cook live at The World Food Championship, November 6th in Kissimmee! ---Entry deadline 6 P October 22nd


The Florida Department of Health is partnering with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to host the Fast, Healthy, and “Fresh From Florida” Challenge as part of the World Food Championship. The competition is open to Florida residents. Three finalists will be chosen to compete live on November 6th.


$2500, $1000, $500 CASH PRIZES AWARDED

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Creative For Health Returns!


I am pleased to announce that Arts in Medicine is bringing Creative For Health back to Gainesville. We will continue our mission to serve those in our community affected by cancer--patients, survivors, families, friends, and caregivers.  

For six weeks this fall, local artists will present hour-long workshops, including holiday mask making, mandalas, spoken word, story collage, and theater games. 

We have a new time and location thanks to our collaboration with HealthStreet. We will meet on Wednesdays at 2pm at their site starting October 21st. 

Please see the attached flyer for details about dates, times and directions to HealthStreet.

And please forward this email to anyone who might wish to join us.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

All best,
Dylan Klempner
University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

Friday, October 9, 2015

Save the Date - CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents: “E Cigarettes: The Cutting Edge of Tobacco Control”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT

Global Communications Center (Building 19)

Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium

Roybal Campus


Presented By:


Brian King, PhD, MPH

Deputy Director for Research Translation

Office on Smoking and Health, CDC

“Patterns of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Use Among U.S. Adults and Youth”


Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS

Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair

University of Southern California

“Health Consequences of Electronic Cigarettes”


John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH

Secretary of Health

Washington State Department of Health

“E-cigarettes in Washington State: On the Front Lines”


Matthew L. Myers


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

“Attaining a Tobacco-Free Generation and the Emergence of ENDS”


Facilitated By:


John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds


For CDC staff unable to attend the event:

The session will be available on IPTV and Envision.  To join by Envision, reserve a conference room and make the Envision request or use your local room scheduling process to schedule Envision.


For non-CDC staff interested in viewing the session:

A live external webcast will be available.  For individuals who are unable to view the session during the scheduled time, the archived presentation will be posted 48 hours after each session.


For non-CDC staff who wish to attend in person:

Due to security measures at CDC’s Roybal campus, non-CDC staff who wish to attend these sessions in person must have prior clearance and a U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, US passport).


Names of non-CDC staff (both domestic and international) should be submitted to the Grand Rounds Team.  Please note that all information for international visitors must be submitted at least 10 days in advance.


For individuals requiring reasonable accommodations:

It is the policy of CDC to provide reasonable accommodations (RA) for qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure their full inclusion in CDC-sponsored events. Employees are asked to submit RA requests at least 5 business days prior to the event. Please e-mail the request to


For questions about this Grand Rounds topic: Feel free to e-mail your questions before or during the session.

“Closing the Gap” in lung cancer disparities webinar on October 13th (sponsored by SelfMade health network)

“Closing the Gap” in lung cancer disparities webinar on October 13th (sponsored by selfmade health network)

In the United States, Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women. 

SelfMade Health Network is pleased to announce the first “Closing the Gap” in Lung Cancer Disparities webinar as part of our new “Opening Doors” Webinar Series. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13th at 2pm-3pm (EST) and join us as we review health disparities from a healthcare provider perspective featuring Keynote Speaker: Christopher Lathan, MS, MS, MPH (Assistant Professor –Harvard Medical School).

Professionals representing a variety of settings are welcome to participate. This webinar is available to professionals working in healthcare, faith-based, health plan as public health environments including:  critical access hospitals, free clinics, federally qualified health centers, parish nurse networks, non-profit hospitals (including emergency room department staff), physician offices as well as worksite clinics. This webinar also open to state and local government professionals from Tobacco as well as Cancer Prevention and Control Programs, non-profit organizations and human service agencies.

To register and obtain additional information about this upcoming webinar, please click on this registration link at: You’re welcome to share this announcement with your colleagues and partners and follow us @SelfMadeHealth and via #OpeningDoorsSelfMade

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TEA for a Cure! on October 17; please sign up soon!

WHEN:  Saturday October 17, 2015
Where:  Capri Clubhouse
Time:  12:00 – 2:00
Benefiting:  Treatment Resistant Breast Cancer Research at UF Cancer & Genetics
Cost:  $35.00
Please join us for High Tea at The Capri Clubhouse located at 4412 NW 36th Drive. You will be served tea, mimosas, finger sandwiches, and desserts. Seating is limited, so please purchase your tickets early.
I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer on May 16, 2012. Since then it has been my passion to help others fighting breast cancer. I am on the board of Power of 2, a non-profit which raises money for Treatment Resistant Breast Cancer Research at UF Cancer & Genetics. In just 3 years our organization has been able to provide the researchers with $48,000 in seed grants.
To purchase tickets, please go to the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-off (our main fund raiser) web-site:
choose Donate and fill-in the necessary fields. In “Add special instructions to the seller”  type in TEA FOR A CURE so I know you’ll be attending the Tea. If you are buying multiple Tea tickets, enter the names of all attending the Tea.
CAPRI is located off 34th Street just north of 39th Avenue. From 39th Ave. turn left onto NW 44th Place. The clubhouse is at the end of 44th Place. There is a small parking lot. Other parking is on one side of 44th Place, and signs will indicate parking.
Wear your favorite hat and dress!  There will be a “Best Hat” contest. There will also be several great items to be raffled, so bring some cash . Tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 352-278-3764. Hope to see you there. 
Thank you,
Terry Weber