CVIE Conference Info

Conference Date & Time:
October 24, 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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October 24, 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 Male Breast Cancer on the African American population and the strategies each of us must adopt to reduce our risks.

A study has found that Black men have higher rates of all types of breast cancer compared to white men in the United States. While breast cancer in men is rare, it does happen. Fewer than 1% of all breast cancers are diagnosed in men. In 2019, about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in men. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 833.

The research was published online on Dec. 12, 2019, by the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum. Read the abstract of “Subtype-specific breast cancer Incidence rates in black versus white men in the United States.”

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.

Dr. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr.
Dr. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. | Call To Action

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Founding Director of the Program of Men’s Health Research in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS), Deputy Director of HCHDS, and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. He holds joint appointments in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Thorpe is a social epidemiologist and gerontologist who has published over 210 peer reviewed articles that has significantly contributed to the understanding of how race, SES, and segregation influence health and well-being of African Americans. His most recent work focuses on improving the lives of Black men. Dr. Thorpe serves as principal investigator on several NIA funded grants: Stress and Mortality among Black Men Study, Stress and Longevity among African American Families Study, and the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. He participates in several training programs designed to develop under-represented minorities at many career stages. Dr. Thorpe is a Provost Fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs where he leads initiatives around professional and career development for postdoctoral fellows in the Provost’s Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship. He is a past recipient of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award, and the inaugural annual 2018 NHLBI OHD PRIDE Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. mentoring award. Dr. Thorpe is also the Editor in Chief of Ethnicity & Disease. Dr. Thorpe earned a bachelor’s in theoretical mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s in statistics, a Ph.D. in clinical epidemiology with a graduate minor in gerontology from Purdue University, and received postdoctoral training in health disparities and gerontology from the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Rev. Tammie Denyse
Rev. Tammie Denyse

Rev. Tammie is co-founder and president of Carrie's TOUCH, a 501(c)3 nonprofit breast cancer organization established to enrich the lives of African American women diagnosed with the disease. She is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and has spent the past 13 years coaching cancer patients and their families through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and re-entry after a journey through cancer. She is recognized as an expert in the field of breast cancer and black women and is the Co-Principle Investigator for Project SOAR (Speaking Our African American Realities) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Project SOAR examines the unique experiences of African American women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Rev. Tammie’s work has been recognized locally, nationally and globally for its innovative approaches to breast cancer survivorship and overall wellness.
Rev. Tammie earned her degree in Human and Community Services from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. She earned her Master of Divinity and Master in Community Leadership from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, CA. Rev. Tammie received her cancer coaching certification from The Cancer Journey Coach Training. She is a master group facilitator for those facing tragedy, grief and loss, mentor and spiritual advisor to those seeking a deeper understanding of a God who is bigger. Rev. Tammie Denyse was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and currently resides in Sacramento, CA. She is an ordained minister, nonprofit executive, coach, international speaker and bestselling author. She is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one.

Dr. Emeka Onyewu
Dr. Emeka Onyewu

Dr. Onyewu graduated from Boston University (Cum Laude) with a degree in biology. He then attended Boston University School of Medicine as a Commonwealth Scholar. He completed a General Surgery residency at Howard University Hospital earning honors as the recipient of the Chairmans' award ( from the world renowned Dr Lasalle Leffall, 1st black president of the American College of Surgeons) for being the best intern and the best Chief resident during his training. Dr Onyewu then completed a Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Georgetown University hospital under another world renowned surgeon, Dr. Scott Spear (a past president of the American Society of Plastic surgeons).

 Dr. Onyewu has been a plastic surgeon in private practice in Washington DC and Maryland for over 22 years. He is involved with teaching residents in surgery at Howard university and is a co-founder of SIMMS, a non-profit organization that organizes free medical missions from America to needy regions in Africa and around the world.

Dr. Onyewu has a special interest in body sculpturing using state of the art techniques including Laser liposuction and autologous fat transfer. He also has extensive experience in breast surgery including augmentation, reduction, lifts and reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer. Dr. Onyewu also serves on the board of directors of the African Womens' Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)