4356.0 Improving Cancer Screenings and Treatment to Reduce Health Disparities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:30 PM
A key strategy in addressing health disparities is to ensure that physicians, policymakers, and the public are aware of disparities' causes and impacts. In order to reduce these health disparities in the case of cancer screening and treatment, there needs to be legislation and policy in place at the local, state and federal level. Included in the presentation is a discussion of approaches like community-based participatory research as a strategy for addressing health disparities among cancer patients. Also, included in the session is a presentation of how coordination and concrete planning is required to produce a sustainable program that addresses health disparities. Part of the session will cover the legislation in place to reduce health disparities as well as the process of garnering support for and establishing new legislation for cancer and other chronic disease patients.
Session Objectives: Enhance understanding of comprehensive cancer planning. Describe the most common types of cancer disparities and discuss certain underserved groupsí access to care for screening and treatment services. Describe policy needs and evaluate policy and economic issues for the community served. Describe the most common types of cancer disparities awareness legislation and recognize important information to convey to garner legislative support for chronic disease initiatives.

4:30 PM
An overview of recent legislation promoting awareness of cancer health disparities
Linnea Laestadius, MPP, Kerri M. Lowrey, JD, MPH, Blake Kline, Jamie Weinstein, MPH and Regina el Arculli, MA
4:45 PM
Tackling colorectal cancer disparities: Creating and funding the Louisiana FIT Colon Program
Rebecca Lynn Majdoch, MPH, Donna Lisa Williams, MS, MPH, DrPH, Andrew Muhl and Colleen T. Ryan, MPH
5:00 PM
Role of community partnerships in establishing policies on cancer: National evaluation of the National Cancer Institute Community Networks Program
John Foster-Bey, MPA, MBA, Sherrie Aitkin, PhD, Tiffani Jeffries, BA, Marcia Salazar, MA and Timothy Willis, PhD
5:15 PM
Comprehensive Cancer Planning by states and tribal nations: Analysis of Five States
Brenda Seals, PhD, MPH, Delight Satter, MPH, Diane E. Weiner, PhD, Doris Cook, PhD, MPH, Linda Burhansstipanov, DrPH and Lance Allrunner

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)