Thursday, January 28, 2016

NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination to prevent cancer

Today, cancer centers across the U.S. are releasing statements showing their support of HPV vaccine as cancer prevention.

What can you do?

·        Use free CDC tools to promote HPV vaccination ( with all adolescent vaccines, at every visit.

·        Learn more about cervical cancer prevention and use CDC materials to help promote the vaccine and screening message:

·        Help educate providers and community leaders in your area:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

HPV Immunization Summit

Campaign Summary and Summit


For 2016, the Florida Immunization Summit will focus on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the benefits of its vaccine as a cancer preventer.


In an effort to make Florida HPV free, the partners of Florida's Leading Immunization Network of Coalitions (FL LINC) are coordinating a four-month campaign to increase knowledge and usage of the HPV vaccine. The campaign will include:

·        January Kickoff: "Someone You Love" viewing and discussion (January 28th in New Port Richey)

·        February: HPV Summit (February 11-12 in St. Petersburg)

·        February-March: Statewide webinars, workshops and community events

·        April Finale: Simultaneous statewide events, film screenings and advertisement to wrap up the campaign during World Immunization Week


Information on the 2016 campaign will be regularly updated on this website. You can register for the February summit now by clicking on the registration box above. If you have questions or need more information on how to get involved, please contact Andrea Peaten at or Samantha Staley at


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Capture the Moment Cancer Education Symposium

A patient, caregiver and public education forum

March 12, 2016
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Fla.

The Capture the Moment Cancer Education Symposium will feature an internationally renowned group of speakers that have been organized to accomplish two main goals.
The first goal is to provide comprehensive patient friendly information on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The second goal is to provide attendees with information on many shared issues facing cancer patients, family members and caregivers.

This symposium will address many unmet needs that patients and their loved ones have, but are rarely discussed in the exam room. This information is crucial for people who are in active treatment, are recovering or have been cured.

For more information regarding this complimentary symposium, please email or download the symposium brochure (PDF).

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Community Health Worker Conference - Jacksonville, FL

Due to an amazing number of participants at our first Community Health Worker Conference we are holding a second conference Saturday, January 23rd at EMED Multispecialty Group. They have graciously provided space, technical equipment and all refreshments to greatly enhance our incredible line up of speakers and topics (Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health among the Latino Community, Reaching the Youth Culture, The Cultural Dynamics of Providing Health Education to Latino Males). We need your help! Spread the word by sharing the attached flyer with your staff and contact lists. Additionally, if you have a waiting area, please consider posting. Remember, a Community Health Worker is any person who provides health related outreach, support, education, counseling, care or transportation for their community. At the conference, they will learn about the certification process and earn CEUs. Space is limited and will be capped through our registration link foundhere.


If you would like to learn more about Community Health Workers (CHW’s), clickhere.

Register for CDC's January #PreteenVaxScene Webinars

In observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adolescent Immunization Communications Team is proud to present the “Taming Conversations Around HPV Vaccine and Other Immunizations in Social Media” webinar series. This weekly presentation will address various aspects of engaging with negative comments or safety concerns on social media platforms. Discussion will be mostly focused on HPV vaccine, and the unique challenges that come with it; however many principles that we will address are relevant to immunization overall. Each webinar will offer perspectives from experts in immunization, vaccine safety, vaccine acceptance, and social media.

Please register for one or more of the webinars listed below and share this announcement with your colleagues and partners.


·                January 8th - 11:00AM ET: “Vaccine Hesitancy, Public Health, and Evidence Based Research.” Presented by Seth Mnookin.
Register here -

·                January 14th - 4:00PM ET: “To Engage or Not to Engage: That is the question
for social media comments.”
Presented by Julie Leask, PhD, MPH.
Register here -

·                January 22nd - 11:00AM ET: “But I saw it on the internet! Addressing safety concerns that have gone viral.” Presented by Cindy Weinbaum, MD, MPH and Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH.
Register here -

·                January 29th - 11:00AM ET: “Harnessing Enthusiasm: Real world examples of engaging partners in social media discussions.” Presented by Karen Ernst and Christine Vara.
Register here -

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Request for Survey Participation: Help Us Finalize our Patient Navigation Tool

The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Institute is developing a free tool for oncology patient navigation programs to use to track and report outcomes. We hope that this tool can help patient navigation programs evaluate impact and demonstrate value when seeking support to sustain their programs.

At this stage, we have compiled a list of indicators that could demonstrate value and impact of patient navigation programs based on a review of scholarly articles and interviews with oncology professionals. We are interested in the opinions of patient navigators, oncology administrators and patient navigation program managers or supervisors regarding the importance and feasibility of tracking specific indicators.

We invite you to participate in our national survey to help us finalize the patient navigation impact and value tool. The
survey is part of a research project and should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary and information will be kept confidential. The potential risk to participants is minimal. 

Interested participants have the option to provide their contact information after the survey to enter a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship to the 2016 Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) Conference that will be held in May 2016 in New Orleans.

E-cigarettes, Advertising, and Youth: A Public Health Priority

E-cigarettes, Advertising, and Youth: A Public Health Priority

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2:00–3:00 pm (EST)

Join the conversation: 800-857-0764

Passcode: 795-4413


Join us for the next Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference! CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support hosts a monthly teleconference about the topic of the latest CDC Vital Signs report. This provides a forum for our nation's health officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and carry out evidence-based, effective programs within the public health areas covered by Vital Signs.


Visit to access presentation slides and additional Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference information.


Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from these nationally recognized leaders in tobacco control and prevention:


Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative


Truth Initiative is the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. A leader in the world of advertising and marketing, and a New York Times best-selling author, Koval joined the organization in 2013. She re-launched its award-winning and lifesaving truth® youth tobacco prevention campaign and refocused its world-class research and activism programs to speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco.


A sought-after expert on advertising, media, youth culture and tobacco control, Koval regularly appears on television, contributes commentary to print and online outlets and speaks at conferences and colloquia for business, government and media audiences.


Jeanne Finberg, Deputy Attorney General , Office of the Attorney General of California.


Jeanne Finberg is an experienced litigator in the newly formed Children’s Bureau of Justice housed in the Civil Rights Section, Public Rights Division of the California Attorney General’s Office, where she works on issues affecting children and teens. Before joining the Children’s Bureau, Jeanne served for ten years in the Tobacco Litigation and Enforcement Section where she specialized in the enforcement of the public health aspects of the Master Settlement Agreement, state and federal tobacco and consumer laws. She enforced laws protecting youth and litigated cases dealing with advertising issues and against several major tobacco manufacturers.  For example, she sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for using cartoons in its advertising and negotiated an agreement with Santa Fe Natural American Spirit Tobacco requiring them to provide disclaimers on their advertising of their organic tobacco that organic tobacco does NOT mean that it is safer than regular tobacco.


Jeanne has been monitoring the sales and advertising of electronic cigarettes since they were first introduced in the U.S. in 2009. Since then she has been involved in the regulation, oversight, policy work and litigation involving electronic cigarettes and related products.



Tushar Singh, PhD - Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Office on Smoking and Health


Dr. Singh is an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. His work includes research on marijuana and tobacco among youth and adults. In addition to this, as part of his work as an EIS Officer, Dr. Singh supports national and international CDC emergency response to investigate and assist with disease outbreaks and epidemics, such as Ebola, E. coli, and meningitis.

Before joining the CDC, Dr. Singh managed a collaborative project between the University of Pittsburgh and SHARE-India to assess the prevalence and risk factors for disability and chronic disease among older Indians. Prior to that, he worked as a medical officer in different hospitals in India.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Our Community, Our Health Presents: Breast Cancer Research & Me, Everything I Wanted To Know

Join Us For A Night Of Interaction & Engagement About Breast Cancer Research!


HealthStreet is hosting a live panel discussion with experts and community members to discuss everything you wanted to about breast cancer research.

Share your experiences and questions, Discuss with an expert about breast cancer research, Learn about the benefits of participating in a research study!


The event is the third installment of Our Community, Our Health, a town hall series that shares innovative research findings to foster conversations among researchers and community members across the nation.

Who: Dr.Karen Daily, a clinically-based investigator and educator, will be answering questions, comments and experiences for you to share! Community members who have participated in a breast cancer research study will also be on the panel!

When: Jan. 12, 5 to 7:30 pm

Where: HealthStreet, 2401 SW Archer Road, 32608

Register Your Free Ticket Here

For More Information, please contact 352-294-4880


A 5 pm Reception Will Include Light Dinner, Coffee & Dessert