CVIE Conference Info

Conference Date & Time:
September 29, 2020

11:00AM EST | Join Us!

Conference Location:
Afrique Today Live
Organized by The Patcha Foundation in collaboration with Assembly of Petworth and Immigrant Community Services, Inc.

Cancer Risk Among African Americans
Researchers are studying why African American men and women are more likely to be diagnosed with or die from certain cancers more than others.
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September 26, 2020 |   11:00 AM (USA Eastern Time) | Afrique Today Live

The Patcha Foundation is collaborating with the Assembly of Petworth and Immigrant Community Services to host a panel discussion on the impact of colorectal cancer on the African American population and the strategies each of us must adopt to reduce our risks.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is preventable and treatable when diagnosed early, yet its impact on African Americans can be devastating:
• African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of CRC of any other group in the USA
• African Americans are diagnosed with CRC at an earlier age and with more advanced disease than Whites

What are the reasons behind this and what must be done to increase prevention and survival?
Let’s talk about it with our distinguished panelists.

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Moderator & Speakers

Josephine Garnem | Moderator
Josephine Garnem | Moderator

Josephine Garnem is the Program Manager for the Gilchrist Immigrant Resources Center for the East County region of Montgomery County, Maryland. Josephine was born in Sierra Leone and has lived in the Middle East, Uganda, Pakistan and Afghanistan before moving to the USA. She is an experienced community mobilizer and humanitarian professional, with over 20 years of global experience in many places including Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and in the USA. Her passion is to strengthen links between communities through partnerships in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

She joined the Gilchrist team from the nonprofit sector where she served as the Strategic Outreach and Partnership Director for International Medical Corps, an international humanitarian organization.

Ray Michael Bridgewater
Ray Michael Bridgewater | Special Guest
  • Pediatric Doctor, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Secretary General of CamDocUK
  • LinkedIn: Judwin Ndzo
Dr. Otis Brawley
Dr. Otis W. Brawley
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE

Dr. Otis W. Brawley is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He is a board certified medical oncologist and an epidemiologist. He is an authority on cancer screening and prevention and leads a broad research effort of cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, focusing on how to close racial, economic, and social disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. From 2007 to 2018, Brawley was Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society. He is recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Meritorious Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award and the 2019 American Medical Association Distinguished Service Award. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Chimene Castor
Dr. Chimene Castor

Dr. Chimene Castor is currently Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Howard University following a 15-year career as a clinical dietitian for rehabilitation and nursing home centers such Genesis and Manor Care. Dr. Castor completed her doctorate and Masters in
health Education from Teachers College, Columbia. Her doctoral dissertation featured knowledge, parental influence, and cultural norms via Internet-Based Focus groups and interviews. She held faculty appointments at Prince George’s Community College, Trinity University, Bronx Community College and the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Castor is the chairperson, architect developer and coordinator for the Inter-professional Education and Practice: Health Disparities conference for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Castor has co-authored several scientific publications.

Dr. Adeyinka O. Laiyemo
Dr. Adeyinka O. Laiyemo

Dr. Adeyinka O. Laiyemo is an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is a gastroenterologist and practices medicine in the District of Columbia. However, his heart is in art. He has done a lot of literary work as a featured writer for The Daily Champion in Nigeria in the 90s. His poems have been published in anthologies in the United States.
Adeyinka loves comedy, poetry, and enjoys traveling. He is currently working on episode two of the novel entitled: “Three Guys Talking 2: When Ladies Fight Back”