The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) Regional Leaders Hold Regional Meetings Around the Country with a Leadership Summit in June.
The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) Regional Networks have launched their Student Mentoring Program in conjunction with scientific and/or other meetings going on during the months of February and March. In Seattle, Washington, at the University of Washington School of Public Health during early February in conjunction with Black History Month. While on February 7, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center held a breast cancer summit.
The UW School of Public Health, Health Sciences Center for Minority Students, OMAD, Fred Hutch Center for Disparities Research, partnered with the Intercultural Cancer Council Regional NW Team to feature Dr. Lovell Jones, Associate Dean of Research in Prairie View A & M University College of Nursing. Lecturing on "Changing the Course of American Health Through Mentoring. The University of Washington Hub Room 250 seated over 100 of Seattle's most respected Community Member Celebrity's and Mentors in partnership with GO-Map, UW School of PH, OMAD, Minority Health Sciences and over 200 underserved undergraduates and graduates. The evening Dr. Lovell Jones and Ms. Pamela Jackson, Baylor College of Medicine, grant reviewer, member of Delta Sigma Theta, LINK and niece of the legendary late Dr. Dorothy Height joined the Honorable Ron Sims, Dr. Brent Jones, and Dr. Maxine Hayes (former State Health Director, who sat on a panel following Dr. Jones’ presentation. Coach Lenny Wilkens and Bridget of the www.LennyWilkensfoundation.org along with a host of Community Mentors were recognized. On the evening before, Feb 2nd, the Central Area Senior Center held a speaker reception for Dr. Jones and Ms. Jackson. These events were a tribute to Dr. Millie Russell and Dr. Alvin Thompson for their generous legacy of Mentorship at the UW and in the community.
On February 7, 2015, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis held the “LIVE! African-American Women Surviving Breast Cancer through Education, Early Detection, Screening and Treatment” Summit co-sponsored by the Intercultural Cancer Council along with a number of organization. The Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome led by Dr. Patricia Mathew Juarez, ICC Regional Network Leader, and Dr. Pau Juarez, convened the Summit.
“Together, we are committed to the reduction of breast cancer’s mortality rate by increasing awareness and action among black women, the population that discovers the disease much later and dies from it much earlier than any other group in our region,” said Patricia Matthews-Juarez, PhD, co-director of the RCHDEE. Dr. Matthews-Juarez, was recruited to Memphis in 2013 along with her husband, Dr. Paul Juarez, to start the research center.
The summit opened with remarks from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Congressman Steve Cohen and UTHSC Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer Dr. Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE. Thelma Hurd, MD, a surgical oncologist, director of the Breast Surgery Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and ICC Southwest Regional Leader, gave the keynote address, stressing the need for education, empowerment and personal advocacy in fighting the disease.
The next meeting will be held at the following sights:
University of Utah - Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah February 22-25, 2015
Virginia Common Wealth University, Richmond, VA February 26-28, 2015
Drexler University, Philadelphia PA February 26-28, 2015
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland March 30-31, 2015
The Series will conclude with a meeting of the Intercultural Cancer CouncilLeadership Network Summit in Houston during the 13th Annual Disparities in Health in America Working Toward Social Justice Workshop.