Conference Info

Conference Date & Time:
May 2, 2020 | 8am – 5pm

Conference Location:
R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center
2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032

Cancer Risk Among African Americans
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8:00 am to 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Light Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:20 am
Greeting and Remarks

9:25 am to 10:15 am
Morning Session
Cancer Research, Treatment, Clinical Trials and Medical Advancements: Diversifying Clinical Trials and Community Engagement
– Finding the right research / clinical trials partner and why it is important to people of color

– Explain the steps for qualifying for the patience assistance program
– Addressing vaccines
– Highlighting clinical trials advancement in cancer

10:20 am to 10:25 am

10:30 am to 11:40 am
Panel Session
HPV and Cervical Cancer
– Strategies and best practice for community capacity building and mobilization
– Strategies and best practices for community-based and community-led initiatives that can address social determinants and health disparities
– Recommendations for improving healthcare quality and standard of care [racial and health equity] for less served populations.

11:45 am to 12:55 pm
Lunch, Remarks and Award Presentation

12:15 pm to 12:30 pm

12:30 pm to 12:55 pm
Award Presentation
Spirit of Community Award

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Breakout Session Main Hall
LGBTQI and Cancer
– Addressing family health across the life span from cradle to grave by discussing the health and social impact of immigrants and women of color.
– Overcoming challenges and lessons learned while addressing HIV-AIDS, breast and cervical cancer, maternal childcare, high-risk pregnancy and domestic abuse.
– Recommendations and overview of public policy to improve social determinants of health using DC Healthy Start Program as prototype.

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Breakout Session Room B
Community and Child Health : Raising Young Black & Brown Boys and Girls into Healthy Adults
– Overcoming challenges and lessons learned while addressing health and racial equity (men in prison, veterans, gay / bi-sexual men, re-entry population)
– Improving knowledge, attitude and behaviors of men of color toward health issues including cancer, HIV-AIDS /STD, mental health, substance abuse, suicide, violence
– Share best practice and strategies in community- based / community- led initiatives that address the social determinants of health and health disparities using programs (Rights of Passage, Fatherhood Initiatives, Parenting Program, etc).
– The Health Impact of the inherent stress of being a Black Male in America.

2:35 pm to 3:55 pm
Breakout Session Main Hall
Faith Base, Caregiver & Cancer
– Share how cancer survivors can reconnect with their inner self and avoid mental and physical isolation.
– Discuss how families and caregivers thrive, find meaning & maintain hope in face of challenges of caring for a love one
– Connection between cultural stereotypes and stigma, religious belief and practice, spirituality and the willingness to accept Western medicine in the African immigrant community
– Planning for life changes including estate planning and medical Power of Attorney

2:35 pm to 3:55 pm
Breakout Session Room B
Diabetes & Cancer Risk in the African & African American Community
– Overview of state of dental care in the DMV area for immigrant and minority population (dental coverage, cost and policy, pain reduction eg. opioid crisis)
– Best practices in oral healthcare and community health to improve dental care for cancer, diabetes and HIV-AIDS patients
– Best practices / strategies for improving the quality of education, training and dental practice for future dentists
– Highlight oral health community-based initiatives, dental practices and academic instruction available in the DMV area

4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Afternoon Session
Finding Funding – Investing in Healthcare Infrastructure
– Describe factors that contribute to a successful proposal application.
– Address corporate responsibility, funding cycle, 2019-2020 funding goal.
– Address the importance of collaboration & partnership including public-private and/or academic-community partnership.
– Highlight health initiatives funded or supported locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

4:40 pm to 4:45 pm

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Closing Remark, Final Assessment, Draw Prizes, Close