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The registration page for the 13th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice Workshop is up and ready for individuals to register.


The session topics this year will include Changing Health Care Delivery To Address Health Inequities, Mental Health and Health Inequities, Religion, Cultural & Sociological Differences & Health Inequities, Health Inequities, Health Communication & the Media, American College of Health Executive Sessions, Human Genomics And Disparities: Globally And Locally, Health Disparities And Genetic Education, and Health Policy and Health Inequities.  A Saturday Afternoon Town Hall Meeting in being planned and will be open to the Public.

Our opening day will feature Stephen William, City of Houston Health Department Director, Dr. Stephen Klineberg of Rice University, Dr. Mitchell Katz, Head of LA County Health Department, Dr. Rishi Manchandra, Author of "The Upstream Doctor" and Dr. Maureen Litchveld of Tulane University.  These are only a few of the outstanding speakers that will presenting this year.  As before, students can arrange for 3 units of academic credit at their institutions. The full program can be obtained by clicking on this link.

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 last three ICC sponsored meeting have taken place in collaboration with the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Drexel University.

The University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute on Monday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 held the Academic Student Mentoring Workshop: Changing What's Behind the Door (http://www.naoworkshop.com<http://www.naoworkshop.com/>) in the Huntsman Cancer Institute Auditorium. The workshop consisted of student and faculty presentations as well as culturally appropriate education focused events, hands-on group activities and Talking Circles for improving mentoring skills through interactivity and individual participation.  These efforts included:

  • Interaction between Faculty in biomedical sciences, including but not limited to laboratory, clinical, behavioral, and community-based research; health, medicine, nursing, allied health, public health, community health, behavioral health and health education, and American Indian Students at the University of Utah.  Students from surrounding institutions attended.
  • Small group Talking Circle discussions with professionals from different disciplines and Students from different tribes.
  • Students & faculty talked about their mentor/mentee experiences.
  • Field trip to the Confederated Tribe of the Goshute

At Drexel University ICC Regional Network leaders, including Pam Jackson (Executive Director), Linda Fleischer and Patricia Bradley (Northeast regional leaders) and Frankie Denise Powell (Southeast regional leader) participated in three (3) sessions across February 27th and February 28th.  The first session occurred on Friday, February 27th to access the progress of the student symposium scheduled for Saturday, February 28th.   As of Friday February 27th, there were 99 of the 100 registration slots were filled.  They also discussed several details of the University of Utah/ Southwestern Regional Symposium.  On Saturday morning, prior to the symposium, Network leaders met with the planning committee of the symposium and learned that the goal of 100% registration was achieved.  All presenters attended.  A de-briefing session was held immediately after the student symposium.  The registration committee reported that 39% of the registered students attended the symposium.  Evaluations were distributed and collected but data was not analyzed by the end of the session.  The main points of the debriefing session were as follows:

  1. Network leaders agreed that the program was well-executed and that the students were highly engaged with the presenters. 
  2. The Drexel University co-PI’s (Dr. Nunez and Robertson-James) discussed ways in which the reach of the symposium could have been greater if they had more lead time .
  3. The Northeast Leaders and the co-PI’s agreed to begin meeting as early as April 2015 to plan for the 2016 symposium cycle. 

The Symposium for Health Equity and Inter-professional Practice was held in Richmond, Virginia from February 27 – February 28, 2015.  The inaugural symposium was hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Division for Health Sciences Diversity, Center on Health Disparities, and the Center for Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Care.  Twenty-three Pre-health students from six universities in Virginia and North Carolina participated in the symposium.  Undergraduate pre-health students presented posters on a wide range of research related to health disparities.  Research topics included Oral and Systemic Comorbidities: A Community-based, Interdisciplinary Team Response (S. Barden); The influence of GABRA2 and Peer Deviance on Illicit Drug Use in College-Aged Students (J. Joseph); and tEEth Talk Community Oral Health Education Workshops: A Public Health Service-Learning Opportunity during Preclinical Training (R. Wingate and C. Whitlow). 

Symposium workshops provided students with an opportunity to engage in discussions on preparing for application to professional health sciences programs, the importance of inter-professional practice, health disparities, tele-health medicine, and biomedical research.  Yewande Austin, Lecturer in Residence at VCU, and Dr. William Cooper, presented the closing keynote address. Dr. Cooper completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. and is in practice with WellStar Medical Group, Cardiovascular Surgery.  Yewande Austin is a guest lecturer in residences at VCU and provides programs for pre-health and professional health sciences students.  She addresses issues of cultural competency to prepare students for academic, social and professional success in a global community. 

Evaluations from the symposium were positive.  Participants appreciated the opportunity to network with students from other universities and to network with faculty and guest presenters.  Suggestions for future symposiums included workshops on inter-professional education for undergraduate students, workshops on the Affordable Care Act and its implications for primary health care, and the impact of tele-health from a patient’s perspective.   Virginia Commonwealth University appreciates the support from the Inter Cultural Cancer Council through Baylor College of Medicine in sponsoring this symposium. 

The next meeting will be held at

Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland   March 30-31, 2015

2015 Workshop FlyerThe Series will conclude with a meeting of the Intercultural Cancer Council Leadership Network Summit on June 26, 2015 in Houston, Texas during the 13th Annual Disparities in Health in America Working Toward Social Justice Workshop.  The Disparities Workshop will start on June 22 through June 27, 2015.  For more details click on the adjacent Flyer.




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