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National Cancer Prevention Day 2017

 

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Join Less Cancer on Thursday, February 2, 2017
Washington, D.C.

2017 National Cancer Prevention Day Agenda (pdf here)

8:30 AM Registration and Doors Open

9:00 AM Welcome by Bill Couzens, Less Cancer Founder

Ronald B. Herberman Award Presentation:
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative

Less Cancer Leadership Award Presentation:
Katie Horvath, JD, Manager of Cancer Support Services, Munson Healthcare

9:20 AM Suzi Tobias, Advocate and Founder, Less Cancer Bike Ride
Nancy Kane, RN, MS, AOCN, Executive Director, Anticancer Lifestyle Foundation
J. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia

9:45 AM Fireside Chat with Don Beyer, Representative from Virginia
(moderating) Rea Blakey, Communications Policy Strategist and Engagement Team Lead of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at FDA’s Center for Drugs

10:00 AM Introduction by Larry Fisher
Charlie Dent, MA, Representative from Pennsylvania
Elise Hillman Speakers Award Presentation:
Debbie Dingell, MS, Representative of Michigan

10:20 AM Break

10:35 AM Dyan Aretakis, FNP, MSN, PNP, Project Director, University of Virginia Teen Health Center
Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, Chair, Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia
Janie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing, University of Kentucky
Linda Reinstein, Co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Kathleen Haden, MSN, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner of Surgical Oncology, University of Virginia

11:15 AM Break

11:30 AM Tom Sherman, MD, Chairman of the Board, Less Cancer
Less Cancer Leadership Award Presentation:
Mindi Messmer, Representative from New Hampshire

11:45 AM Town Hall (listed alphabetically)
Miles O’Brien, Town Hall Moderator
Advocate for Less Cancer Bike Ride; Less Cancer Board Member; Journalist
Robert Bilott, JD, Partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Jesse Meiller, PhD, Senior Professorial Lecturer, Environmental Science, American University
John Scully, PhD, Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia

Mae Wu, JD, Senior Attorney, Health Program of Natural Resources Defense Council

12:30 PM Tom Sherman, MD, Chairman of the Board, Less Cancer
Closing Comments and Wrap Up

 

MORE INFORMATION:
National Cancer Prevention Day Additional Resources 
(PDF)

UVA Continuing Education (CE) Credit Disclosure Form (PDF)

 

2017 SPEAKERS (pdf here)

Workshop Presenters and Committee

ShermanWebTom Sherman, MD, Founding Director of Next Generation Choices Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LessCancer.org; Representative from New Hampshire

Tom Sherman is a founding director of Next Generation Choices Foundation and chairman of the board of directors of LessCancer.org, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public about lifestyle changes that could reduce the potential for people to become afflicted with cancer. He also cosponsored a bill to ban teenagers from patronizing tanning salons.

 


BillWebWilliam U. “Bill” Couzens,
Less Cancer Founder and President

Couzens’ vision for the organization was to bridge a critical gap on escalating incidences of cancer. The work of the organization is specific to education, advocacy, policy.

In addition Couzens has been the visionary National Cancer Prevention Day February 4th; a resolution sponsored by Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucus Congressman Steve Israel in both 2012, 2013 and 2014. The resolution for 2017 is now under Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan. Couzens has spoken freqently on  Capitol Hill.  He also initiated the United States Congressional Cancer Prevention Caucus.

Currently States that are recognizing Cancer Prevention Day are Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire  and  New York.

Since founding the organization over a decade ago under Couzens’ leadership he as forged several partnerships among them Hospitals, Universities, Schools, Non-Profit Organizations in an effort to educate, advocate and participate in efforts for seeds of change in reducing risks for human health and the environment and creating choices and building awareness for choices that can reduce risk.

AretakisWebDyan Aretakis, MSN, FNP, Project Director, Teen and Young Adult Health Center, Children’s Hospital, University of Virginia Health System

Adolescence is a pivotal time during which one can embrace a lifestyle that will reduce cancer risk. Dyan will address the special opportunities providers and parents have during their child’s adolescence to decrease the many cancers that emerge in adulthood. Many of these cancers are encouraged by behavioral risks beginning in adolescence.

 

 
BalmerWebJann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP
, Director of Continuing Medical Education, UVA; Chair, Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia
The Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia is dedicated to changing policies, systems and environments to promote a tobacco free, healthy Virginia. Four goals of the alliance and this presentation are to: engage in proactive advocacy for policies, systems and environmental change to eliminate tobacco use; educate policy makers and the public about strategies to create tobacco free communities; promote coordination and collaboration of efforts by tobacco prevention advocates; and use evidence-based approaches to assure sustainable, replicable change statewide.

 

Don Beyer, Representative from Virginia
Don Beyer serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, is Ranking Member on the Oversight Subcommittee to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

 

BilottWebRobert Bilott, JD, Partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Robert Bilott is a partner in Taft’s Environmental, Litigation, and Product Liability and Personal Injury practice groups where he represents a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws and related litigation. Such matters have involved hazardous, solid, medical, and infectious wastes, emerging and unregulated chemicals, perfluorochemicals (PFOA/PFOS), asbestos, PCBs, air and water pollution and permitting (including NPDES and Title V permitting), medical monitoring, brownfield redevelopment, landfill regulation and permitting, wastewater treatment, and chemical risk assessment, regulation, and testing, including TSCA compliance issues.

 

BlakeyWebRea Blakey, Communications Policy Strategist and Engagement Team Lead of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at FDA’s Center for Drugs
Rea is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of patient and public stakeholder engagement of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement (PASE), a Center which impacts all pharmaceuticals approved in the US.  Rea’s team manages and strives to enhance two-way communication and collaboration with patient and advocacy groups, professional health care providers, medical associations and others regarding CDER issues related to drug development, drug review, and drug safety. Before serving at FDA, Rea was Director of Communication at GW Medical Faculty Associates, a CNN Medical Correspondent, on-air host of a Discovery Channel CME program and an Emmy-winning Washington, DC news anchor and health reporter.  She has more than 25 years of experience strategizing with and engaging thought-leaders in health professions and advocacy organizations to achieve effective national medical partnerships and educational messaging.

 

DentWebCharlie Dent, MA, Representative from Pennsylvania
Charlie Dent has served Pennsylvania’s 15th District since 2005. Congressman Dent was chosen to be the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and named Chairman of the House Ethics Committee.

 

DingellWebDebbie Dingell, MS, Representative from Michigan
Debbie Dingell is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Cancer Prevention Cau­cus. An active civic and community leader, Dingell is a recognized national advocate for women and children and is the founder, and past chair, of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

 

HadenWebKathleen Haden, MSN, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner of Surgical Oncology, UVA
Kathleen Haden sees patients with one of 13 known hereditary genetic mutations that increase one’s risk of pancreatic cancer or those with two or more family members with pancreatic cancer in the high risk pancreatic screening clinic at UVA, one of seven clinics that offer such screening. She will discuss the importance of access to screenings and genetic testing for underserved, vulnerable populations and the impact of lack of access to care/screenings as factors that affect the individual’s ability to think about prevention of disease, such as through diet and anti-inflammatory diets. This issue is particularly important as the cost of secondary and tertiary care continues to escalate not only in the US but globally and the focus for coverage needs to be congruent with the changing expectations and goals of healthcare.

Hanna-AttishaWebMona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative
Dr. Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician at Hurley Children’s Hospital for many of Flint, Michigan’s poorest families. Her research into lead poisoning levels in children and persistent advocacy garnered the attention of local, state, and even national authorities. Mona receives the Robert B. Herberman Award for her focus on environmental toxins and health disparities, particularly her role in bringing light to the Flint water crisis. In addition, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time Magazine Most Influential People of 2016.

 

HeathWebJanie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing, University of Kentucky
As a nurse scientist, Dr. Heath develops and tests new ways to improve tobacco cessation outcomes. Her primary research program of study involves workforce development utilizing the Rx for Change: Clinician Assisted Tobacco Cessation Curriculum to effectively intervene with tobacco dependent populations in acute and primary care settings. In addition, Dr. Heath served as a Board of Director for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), served as the inaugural Chair for the “Beacons of Leadership Initiative in Pursuit of Healthy Work Environments” a 30 hospital wide collaborative in the Washington DC – Baltimore MD area for the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN and founded the Nurses for Tobacco Control national coalition for nurse educators.

 

HorvathWebKatie Horvath, JD, Manager of Cancer Support Services, Munson Healthcare
Katie’s experience with cancer was life changing and caused Katie to change her career path from patent litigation into hospital administration, specifically to use her personal health experience to help others through cancer care, with a focus on using health and wellness as a tool for cancer and recurrence prevention. Katie is a nationally known patent trial attorney, member of the State Bar of Michigan and registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. She volunteers as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and is a volunteer Board Member of FLOW (For Love of Water). Katie receives the Less Cancer Leadership Award for work in cancer prevention by a health care organization.

 

KaneWebNancy Kane, RN, MS, AOCN, Executive Director, Anticancer Lifestyle Foundation
Nancy will speak about the Anticancer Lifestyle Program, a 12-week evidence-based lifestyle transformation program which provides cancer survivors with the essential tools and information necessary to make and sustain changes in the areas of diet, fitness, stress management, and exposure to toxins in daily life. Evidence shows that a healthy diet, adequate physical activity, decreased exposure to toxins, social support, and stress management all help to maximize the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer.  The unique Anticancer Environment online module is available to the general public on the Foundation website http://anticancerlifestyle.org/.

 

MeillerWebJesse Meiller, PhD, Senior Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, American University
Jesse Meiller is an environmental toxicologist currently at American University.  She has held positions at the School of Public Health at George Washington University and the USEPA.
While Dr. Meiller was at the EPA, she provided expertise in aquatic and invertebrate biology and toxicology as well as on science policy and regulatory issues. She has represented the US on several Expert Groups for the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

 

MessimerWebMindi Messmer, Representative from New Hampshire
In the last 25 years, Mindi has consulted businesses, banks, and the U.S. government on the presence of environmental contaminants. With a heightened awareness of health and environmental issues, in 2014 she noticed an unusually high rate of pediatric cancer cases in Rye and reported it to the NH Cancer Registry.  In February of 2016, the state concluded that the cases represent a cancer “cluster.” Soon after, Mindi was asked to join Governor Hassan’s Task Force to investigate the cause of the pediatric cancer cluster. Mindi receives the Less Cancer Prevention Leadership Award for the uncovering of this cancer cluster.

 

 

Miles O’Brien, Advocate for Less Cancer Bike Ride; Less Cancer Board Member; MilesWebJournalist
Miles O’Brien is veteran independent journalist who focuses on science, technology, and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series.

 

 

PenberthyWebKim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Kim Penberthy is an innovator using contemplative practices to help those people experiencing deep mental suffering and to educate medical residents and physicians in how best to work with distressed patients while also taking care of themselves. She will focus on lifestyle approaches that can help to prevent cancer, specifically tobacco cessation.

 


ReinsteinWebLinda Reinstein
, Co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Linda Reinstein is the co‐founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, a nonprofit focused on asbestos awareness and preventing related diseases through education, advocacy, and community efforts. Since the diagnosis of her husband, Alan Reinstein, from mesothelioma in 2003, she has become a leading global anti‐asbestos activist. Reinstein is also primarily responsible for organizing ADAO’s Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conferences, an annual international scientific, medical and patient conference now in its 13th year.

 

ScullyWebJohn Scully, PhD, Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, UVA
John Scully’s research lab focuses on understanding metal release usually by electrochemical and chemical processes and the science and engineering of new environment friendly or green materials solutions. There are a number of cancer issues in the materials world that are issues for society and health including:

  1. Lead in drinking water from corrosion of lead pipe (i.e. Flint)
  2. Use of anti-microbial materials on high touch and wound surfaces such as in public transportation (handrails) and hospitals etc. to avoid infections.
  3. Elimination and replacement of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, even nickel used as metallic coatings, solders (Pb-Sn), jewelry and medical appliances.
  4. Elimination and replacement of corrosion inhibitors such as chromate which is a carcinogen.  Most aircraft has hundreds of pounds of carcinogenic chromate on board as an inhibitor for the aircraft alloys. It exists in the form of a coating.


TobiasSuzi Tobias
, Advocate and Founder, Less Cancer Bike Ride
Suzi Tobias is a Less Cancer advocate and volunteer. A lifelong cyclist, Suzi is particularly interested in spreading awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyle and physical fitness in the prevention of cancer.

 

 

WuWebMae Wu, JD, Senior Attorney, Health Program of Natural Resources Defense Council
Since joining NRDC in 2006, Mae Wu has focused her legal advocacy on getting toxic chemicals out of consumer products and strengthening the regulation of pesticides. She has worked on efforts to remove antimicrobials from soap, curb the use of antibiotics in livestock, and protect the quality of drinking water. Wu previously served on a federal advisory committee to revise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Coliform Rule, the agency’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, and its National Drinking Water Advisory Council.

 

Planning Committee Members

Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, Course Director; Director of Continuing Medical Education, UVA
Bill Couzens, Less Cancer Founder
Jolynn Gardner, PhD, CHES, Director of the Public Health Program, American University
Kathleen Haden, MSN, RN, ANP, Nursing Content Specialist; Adult Nurse Practitioner of Surgical Oncology, UVA
Kathryn Reid, PhD, RN, FNP-C, CNL, Nurse Planner; Associate Professor of Nursing, UVA
Andrea Zimmerman, MA, CME Program Manager, UVA

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