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The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) has lost another friend and valuable family member
Dr. Roselyn Epps

Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D., MPH
Howard University College of Medicine
Class of 1955

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Roselyn P. Epps, Class of 1955 died on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Dr. Epps is the spouse of Dr. Charles H. Epps Jr., Class of 1955 and the mother of Dr. Roselyn E. Epps, Class of 1988.

Dr. Roselyn P. Epps was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but grew up in Savannah, Georgia. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in zoology and chemistry and continued her medical education there, graduating in 1955.

In 1961, she became a medical officer with the District of Columbia Department of Health, and in 1973 earned an MPH. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1980, she was appointed the first Acting Commissioner of Health for the District of Columbia; was professor of pediatrics and children's health at Howard; and a year later, she received an M.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.
In 1980, Dr. Epps worked for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Semi-retired since 1998, she served as a consultant for the public and private sector. Dr. Epps has authored more than 90 professional articles, 16 of which were published as chapters of books. She also co-edited The Women's Complete Healthbook and Developing a Child Care Program; and was the first African American and female president of the District of Columbia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Information on the funeral services for Dr. Roselyn P. Epps will be provided as soon as we receive it.

Expessions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Charles Epps Jr. and family at 1775 N. Portal Drive, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20012, (202) 829-5458 or by email at chepps@msn.com.

12th Annual Disparities in Health in America:
Working Toward Social Justice
June 23 - 28, 2014

Symposium FlyerThe 12th annual "Disparities in Health in America Workshop: Working Towards Social Justice" took place at Prairie View A & M University College of Nursing in Houston, Texas. Over 270 participants with close to 200 trainees from 30 institutions, including institutions from Canada and Nigeria, attended the workshop.  The goal of the six-day workshop was to provide a comprehensive understanding of health disparities, to investigate approaches to enhancing health equity, and to provide participants with a broad base of knowledge related to a bio-psychosocial approach in addressing health disparities in a minority and the medically underserved populations.  From the responses we got, the workshop achieved that goal.

The workshop started out with a reception/book/signing for the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary of Health & Human Services.  The event was photographed by Vicky Pink (http://stylemagazine.com/photos/galleries/2014/jul/02/reception-former-us-secretary-health-human-service/)

Secretary Sullivan was the Opening Keynote Speaker on the morning of June 23rd.  He was also introduced by Dr. Robert Robbins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center.  The workshop was set up as a course for both undergraduate and graduate students as well for both lay and professional individuals interested in learning not only about the complex issues surrounding health inequities, but solutions to the problem.  The topics were covered included: Demographic Changes, Public Health & Health Inequities; Tobacco-Use:  Creating and Resolving the Problems of Disparities; Human Genomics and Disparities:  Globally and Locally; Human Inequities and Health Communication; Health Disparities & Patient Navigation; Health Disparities and the Media; Health Disparities and Ethics; and Health Disparities and Health Policy.  One of the other successes of this year’s workshop was to webcast it not only the HDEART member institutions, but other institutions as well.  In doing so, the entire workshop was recorded.  Efforts are under way to determine the future use of these recordings.  Vicky Pink also photographed the work which appeared on the front page of Houston Style Magazine  http://stylemagazine.com/photos/galleries/2014/jul/02/12th-annual-summer-workshopcourse-disparities-heal/.  During the workshop the Health Scholars Alumni held their Reception/Dinner sponsored by The Juice Plus Company. This was also featured in Houston Style Magazine.

We are also pleased to announce that the course of the same name: Disparities in Health in America: Working For Social Justice, will start on August 26, 2014 at the University of Houston-Downtown.  As you can see on the flyer, the course will be open to both HDEART and non-HDEART students.  For the non HDEART students, you will need to contact advisors at your respective institutions on how to register for the course as a special topic course for 3 academic units.



Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) helps to form consortium to address ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer flyer The Intercultural Cancer Council has joined with Massachusetts’s General Hospital, the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Center for Patient Partnership, Del la Mujer Latina, Force Empowered, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, Indiana University School of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), FORCE, The University of Pennsylvania, SHARE and the University of California Irvine to form The Consortium For Long-Term Survival.   As part of the Department of Defense (DOD) grant, supporting the Consortium, we will be launching a project to identify specific biochemical pathways and genetic features associated with long-term survival that can be used to improve the treatment, survival, and survivorship of patients with this disease.  To find out more information about this project please click here for a summary or on the flyer for a short powerpoint presentation.

The Intercultural Cancer Council web page is moving to Texas A & M University Corpus Christi.  Over the next few weeks we will be updating our web page and appointing someone to keep the web page updated.  Thank you for your patience over the last year.  We have heard from many of you saying how important the ICC web page is to your efforts in addressing health disparities.

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Collegiate Cancer Councils National Office
The CCC is college based, student-led organization that was formed in April 2004, upon experiencing the ICC's 9th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer in Washington, DC. The CCC focuses on the elimination of health disparities among ethnic minorities, the medically underserved, and promotes cancer awareness among these populations regardless of socioeconomic status.
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