Networking and Education Series
People impacted by cancer do better and feel better with psychosocial support. As a professional in the field, you want the best outcome for those in your care. Research shows an increased survival rate and better quality of life for people impacted by cancer who receive psychosocial support. Join us to exchange thoughts, connect with other professionals and learn about psychosocial topics from the experts at Wellness House.
SECOND FRIDAYS ONLINE
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8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Networking
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Presentation
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Q & A
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Cancer and the World We Live In
April 9 – Cultural Competency
The increasing diversity of our nation brings opportunities and challenges for health care providers and systems to create and deliver culturally competent services. Cultural competence is defined as the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients. A culturally competent health care system can help improve health outcomes and quality of care and can contribute to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Join us as we explore strategies to move towards these goals.
Cancer through the Life Span
Through the lenses of developmental stage, communication, caregiving and resources, we will explore:
May 14 – Working with Pediatric Patients
When a child faces a cancer diagnosis and treatment, all aspects of their growth and development can be impacted. Join us as we discuss developmental needs of the child, strategies for communicating with the child and parents, challenges of parenting and caregiving during treatment, and available resources so that we may best support and empower those facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
June 18* – Working with Young Adult Patients
*in June, Professional Perk will meet on the third Friday of the month
Since 1973, there has been a concerning 30% increase in AYA cancer diagnoses. In 2020, it was anticipated that just shy of 1 million people ages 15-39 would have their lives upended by this devastating diagnosis. What is driving this rapid rise in AYA cancer rates? And what are the long term implications when cancer disrupts physical + psychosocial development at such a critical period? Join us for an engaging discussion about the special issues faced by our AYA survivors, their families and caregivers, and how we as professionals can proactively support and advocate for these uniquely vulnerable patients. We will cover topics ranging from oncofertility to financial risks to mental health and include concrete suggestions for interventions and resources that you can use in your practice.
July 9 – Working with Middle Adult Patients
When a middle aged adult, a person generally from 40-60 years-old, faces a cancer diagnosis and treatment, many aspects of their growth and development can be affected. Join us as we discuss the developmental needs of someone in this age group, useful communication and relationship styles, affects of the cancer experience on associated caregivers and some potentially-useful resources for all involved
August 13 – Working with Geriatric Patients
By 2030, older adults in the United States are projected to outnumber children for the first time in history. This change is known as the Silver Tsunami and it impacts geriatric medical care. As we age, our needs change. Geriatric patients may have complex needs related to cognitive changes, changes in family support, comorbid conditions, and more. Join us to learn about the developmental stage, communication, caregiving, and resources for this growing population
September 10 – Busting Cancer Nutrition Myths
October 8 – Overcoming Physical Activity Barriers
November 12 – Go-To Interventions
December 10 – Complementary RX: Laughter, Happiness and Gratitude