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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.

 

 

Today The Intercultural Cancer Council lost one of its own, Dr. Eddie Reed

Eddie ReedToday the world, especially that of health disparities, lost a valiant warrior.  Dr. Eddie Reed, National Institute of Minority Health (NIMHD) Clinical Director, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.  An award-physician and internationally known cancer researcher, Eddie was a physician’ physician who was admired not only for his scientific abilities, but for his down home nature. Eddie received his undergraduate degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. He completed his internship and residency at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and a fellowship at NCI in Bethesda, Md.  During his career he served as a tenured scientist, chief of the Clinical Pharmacology Branch, and chief of the Ovarian Cancer and Metastatic Prostate Cancer Clinic in the Division of Clinical Science at the National Cancer Institute (NCI); director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University, Morgantown; director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and then professor of oncologic sciences and Abraham Mitchell Distinguished Investigator at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute, Mobile, prior to returning to the National Institutes of Health.  He will be missed.  The ICC Family heart goes out to his family.

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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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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