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    Cancer Health Equity Summit

    For Healthcare Professionals

    Join Wellness House and UI Health to for this FREE event to Combat Cancer Health Inequities

    Friday, June 14, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Registration Required – FREE ADMISSIONS

    University of Illinois-College of Medicine Faculty Alumni Lounge 1853 W. Polk Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60612

    Calling all cancer health professionals interested in fostering education, collaboration, and generating solutions to address local disparities in cancer care. Lunch provided.

    This summit, co-hosted by Wellness House and the University of Illinois Cancer Center, aims to unite Chicago area cancer health equity leaders across institutions to share new findings on the origin of cancer health disparities and collectively shine a light on innovative solutions to address inequities in cancer care.  We proudly present Keynote Speaker Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FRCP(L), FASCO, FACE, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and other expert speakers in the field of cancer health equity.

    You will be given the opportunity to engage in Cancer Health Disparities Interest Groups and establish aims and action items to move the dial for equitable solutions in Chicago and beyond. There will be immersive mini-sessions of psychosocial support. Lunch will be provided.


    Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FRCP(L), FASCO, FACE is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He is an authority on cancer screening and prevention and leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort focused on cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Brawley is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and one of the few physicians to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.  

    Dr. Brawley is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Internal medicine and medical oncology. 


    9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
    Registration/Coffee and Breakfast

    9:35 – 9:45 a.m.
    Summit Welcome Remarks – Lisa Kolavennu, CEO, Wellness House

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    Otis Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE – John Hopkins
    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology
    Redefining disparities in health

    10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

    11:00 – 12:30 a.m. – Speakers

    Pamela Ganschow, MD-Univ of IL Cancer Center
    Director, Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Clinical Programs
    Highlights of survivorship and prevention in a FQHC

    Kent Hoskins MD-Univ of Illinois College of Medicine/UI Health
    Associate Chief, Div. of Hematology, Oncology Service Line Medical Director
    Diversity in clinical trials

    Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D- RUSH University Medical Center
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Examining disparities in access and utilization of psycho-oncology services

    Nita Lee, MD-Univ of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer
    Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Broad strokes in effective community-based models in cancer care

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    1:35 – 3:00
    Break Out Groups (sign up for your area of interest on the registration form)

    3:05 – 3:15
    Closing Remarks

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    1. What stage of the cancer control continuum is your work most closely related to?
    2. Please indicate below if you have either of these dietary needs:
    3. As part of your Summit participation, you will have the opportunity to join a Cancer Disparity Interest Group (CDIG) focused on one of five cancer disparity priority areas impacting the local cancer community. The benefit of this group is to promote exchange among CDIG members, propose collaborations in cancer health efforts in the Chicagoland area, and together develop tangible action items that can further assist CDIG members research and work interests moving forward. Wellness House will lead efforts to maintain CDIG member communication post summit as well as provide invitations to follow up sessions including a Post Summit Roundtable. Which CDIG priority area would you be most interested in joining? (From 1 to 5, please rank order the list below with 1= most interested and 5 = least interested).