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Community Cancer Outreach

Educational Events

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our free educational events help educate the Hispanic community in Tampa Bay about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment programs and cancer research in the fight against cancer.

PREVIOUS EVENTS


October 13, 2012: Latinos y el cáncer

Moffitt and Ponce physicians and healthcare professionals held interactive sessions to discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, and health disparities with the community. Topics discussed included nutrition and exercise, lung cancer, women's cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, hematological malignancies and psychosocial and palliative care.

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April 26, 2013: El Puente (The Bridge) (PR)

At El Puente, Ponce School of Medicine researchers presented studies and main results to community leaders. Group discussions were also held to identify the concerns and expectations community leaders and researchers have about research participation. Participating community leaders enjoyed the opportunity to learn about cancer studies directly from researchers.

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May 3, 2013: Community Engagement Forum (PR)

This Community Engagement Forum focused on cancer control and prevention educational needs and strategies. Participants also learned about the National Cancer Institute's role in research and heard a cancer survivor's testimonial regarding the importance of cancer education.

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August 8, 2013: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas: Consejos para prevenir el cáncer

Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about cancer prevention and answered questions from the audience. Topics discussed included nutrition and exercise, how to reduce your risk of developing cancer, the importance of early detection, and techniques to alleviate stress.



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August 24, 2013: Hablemos de cáncer (PR)

Moffitt and Ponce physicians and healthcare professionals held interactive sessions to discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, and health disparities with the community. Topics discussed included cancer prevention, nutrition and exercise, lung cancer, women's cancers, prostate cancer, colon cancer, cancer and mental health, and cancer education at academic institutions.

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November 23, 2013: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

Spanish-speaking physicians and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about lung cancer prevention and treatment, and the importance of lung cancer research to improve treatment. A lung cancer survivor also discussed her personal experience battling the disease. 

Invited speakers
Outreach Core staff
Invited speakers
Event attendees

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March 28, 2014: Community Engagement Forum (PR)

This Community Engagement Forum focused on the importance of cancer prevention education among school aged youth. Attendees participated in discussion groups to help identify specific cancer education needs and strategies for schools in Puerto Rico.


March 29, 2014: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas: Cancer Colorectal

This event was held on Saturday, March 29th at Moffitt Cancer Center's Stabile Research Building and focused on colorectal cancer awareness. Four panelists discussed colorectal cancer and treatment, screening, survivorship and patient/survivor experience. The event was held in collaboration with Moffitt's Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology.

 

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June 6, 2014: El Puente (The Bridge) (PR)

El Puente brings cancer investigators and community leaders together to improve understanding of cancer research and community participation. The event was held on Friday, June 6th at the Ponce School of Medicine and focused on educating community members and researchers about the principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Attendees learned about CBPR principles and a local CBPR project (Dr. Lydia Santiago and Dr. Enid García), and participated in discussion groups to evaluate how community members and researchers were able to communicate and select a cancer issue affecting their community as a starting point for CBPR. Attendees also responded to pre-post assessments measuring CBPR knowledge gained at the event.

Invited speaker Dra. Lydia Santiago
Invited speaker Dra. Enid J. Garcia
Event attendees
Focus group
Participation investigator Dr. Pedro SantiagoDrs. Jimenez and Castro with community leadersOutreach Core staff and volunteers

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July 19, 2014: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

This event was held on Saturday, July 19th at Moffitt Cancer Center's Stabile Research Building and focused on survivorship. Four panelists discussed survivorship, the importance of support groups, nutrition and exercise. Also, a relaxation technique was demonstrated.

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October 4, 2014: Latinos y el cáncer

Moffitt and community physicians and healthcare professionals held interactive sessions to discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, treatment and research. Topics discussed included nutrition and exercise, lung cancer, women’s cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, hematological malignancies and psychosocial and palliative care.

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Event attendees

Invited Speakers: Margarita Bobonis, MD; Maria Sotomayor, MD; Julián Sánchez, MD; Jaime Montilla-Soler, MD; Alberto Chiappori, MD; Elmer E. Huerta, MD; Melissa Alsina, MD; Ingrid Ramírez-Díaz, MD; Anna Di Marco, MD; Fabiola Figueroa, RD.

Mole patrol providing skin cancer screenings

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February 21, 2015: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

This event was held on Saturday, February 21 at the Hispanic Outreach Center in Pinellas county and focused on cervical cancer education. Dr. Ingrid Ramirez-Diaz and our Community Health Educator discussed the importance of screening for cervical cancer and HPV vaccines. Also, attendees received free mammogram vouchers.

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February 28, 2015: Hablemos de cáncer (PR)

The event was held on Saturday, February 28th at the Ponce Salvation Army. The event focused on cancer education and had the following session topics: women's cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and smoking cessation strategies, skin cancer, psychological support for families and caregivers, nutrition, and physical activity. Public figures participated at the event such as TV presenter Dagmar Rivera (cancer survivor) and Douglas Candelario (agronomist/motivator). Five-hundred and fifty-three community members attended the event

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June 6, 2015: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about cancer prevention and answered questions from the audience. Topics discussed included nutrition and exercise, how to reduce your risk of developing cancer, the importance of early detection, colorectal cancer information, and how to create your own organic market garden. Also, an interactive exercise activity was done.

 

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September 11, 2015: El Puente (The Bridge) (PR)

El Puente is an event that brings cancer investigators and community leaders together with the purpose of improve the understanding of cancer research and community participation. The purpose of this year’s Bridge event held on Friday, September 11th at the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU)) was to present to the community members the outcomes of last year’s Bridge event. This year’s Bridge event featured panelists of the Biobanking (Drs. Flores and Casbas) and the Outreach Pilot Project (Johanna Corchado) who discussed barriers and facilitating factors during the recruitment process.

The Bridge (9/15)

The Bridge (9/15)

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December 22, 2015:  ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Tuesday, December 22nd at Catholic Charities’ Blessed Sacrament Manor. Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about lung cancer prevention and treatment and answered questions from the audience. Three panelists discussed lung cancer and treatment (Dr. Alberto Chiappori), lung cancer research (Dr. Teresita Muñoz-Antonia), and smoking cessation (Diana Díaz). 

¡Salud! Serie de charlas: (12/15)

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 February 13, 2016: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Saturday, February 13th at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about women’s cancer and answered questions from the audience.  Four panelists discussed human papillomavirus (HPV) and vaccination (Brenda Padilla), Cervical, Uterine, and Ovarian cancer (Dr. Ingrid Ramirez-Díaz), Breast cancer (Carla García-Molina), and Nutrition (Fabiola Figueroa). 

¡Salud! Serie de charla (02/16) 

¡Salud! Serie de charla: (02/16)

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May 6, 2016: Community Engagement Forum (PR)

The event was held on Friday, May 6th at Ponce Health Sciences University and focused on cancer prevention.  Four panelists discussed the Ponce School of Medicine – Moffitt Cancer Center Partnership (Julio Jiménez, MD), what is cancer and how to prevent it (Maricarmen Ramírez Solá, MPHE), cancer myths and early detection screening (Héctor Vélez, MD), and cancer patient rights (Iván Ayala).

Community Engagement Forum (05/16)

Community Engagement Forum (05/16)

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June 10, 2016: El Puente (The Bridge) (PR)

The purpose of this year’s El Puente event, which was held on Friday, June 10th at the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), was to present to the community members the Puerto Rico Biobank (PRBB). Forty-three community members and researchers attended the event

El Puente (06/16)

El Puente (06/16)

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June 18, 2016: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Saturday, June 18th at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about men’s cancer and answered questions from the audience. Three panelists discussed colorectal cancer (Dr. Julian Sanchez), prostate cancer (Dr. Javier Torres-Roca), and survivorship (Jaime Yepes).

¡Salud! Serie de charlas (06/16)

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October 8, 2016:  Latinos y el cáncer

Moffitt and community physicians and healthcare professionals held interactive sessions to discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, treatment and research. Topics discussed included nutrition and exercise, cancer genetics, lung cancer, women’s cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer and psychosocial and palliative care. Attendees were also offered several screenings: skin cancer,  glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Attendees also had the opportunity to register for a community participant registry, and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. Furthermore, approximately 12 participants spoke with a genetic counselor about their genetic risk for cancer.

Latinos y el cancer (10/16)

 Latinos y el cáncer (10/16)

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December 6, 2016: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Tuesday, December 6th at Blessed Sacrament Manor. Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about cancer prevention and answered questions from the audience. Four panelists discussed cancer prevention (Jomar López), Nutrition (Myriam Escobar and Jeannette Palencia), and strategies to reduce stress (Úrsula Martínez).

¡Salud! Serie de charlas: (12/16)

  ¡Salud! Serie de charlas: (12/16)

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March 4, 2017: Hablemos de Cáncer (PR)

Approximately 641 community members from the southern region of Puerto Rico participated in Hablemos de cáncer on March 4, 2017. The PHSU-MCC Partnership held the conference at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico and facilitated various workshops, such as women’s cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, nutrition, mental health, and physical activity. After the workshops, the conference held a plenary session where different health professionals and cancer experts, including several from Moffitt Cancer Center, answered questions from the audience. Furthermore, Keylla Hernandez, reporter for WAPA TV,  shared her experience and testimony as  patient at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Hablemos de Cancer (03/17)

Hablemos de Cancer (03/17)

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March 11, 2017: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Saturday, March 11th at Moffitt Cancer Center. Spanish-speaking healthcare providers and cancer experts participated in an interactive panel discussion about colorectal cancer awareness and answered questions from the audience. Four panelists discussed colorectal cancer prevention, screening, treatment and the importance of research to improve treatment. A colon cancer survivor also discussed his personal experience battling the disease. The event was held in collaboration with Moffitt's Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology.

¡Salud! Serie de charlas (03/17)

¡Salud! Serie de charlas (03/17)

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April 21, 2017: Community Engagement Forum (PR)

The event was held on Friday April 21st at Ponce Health Sciences University, and focused on cancer prevention and nutrition.  Three panelists discussed the Ponce Health Sciences University – Moffitt Cancer Center Partnership (Julio Jiménez, MD), what we need to know about cancer (Héctor Vélez, MD), and nutrition as prevention (Edna Andújar, LDN)

Community Engagement Forum (04/17)

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March 4, 2017: Screen to Save (PR)

This educational session was held during the Hablemos de cáncer conference at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Participants learned about colorectal cancer risk factors and early screening tests.


May 17, 2017: Screen to Save (PR)

This educational session was held at Hospital General Castañer, a rural area hospital in the southern region of Puerto Rico. In addition to the information regarding colorectal cancer risk factors and early detection, the CHE provided participants with Fecal Immunochemical Test kits to encourage screening practices.


May 19, 2017: Screen to Save (PR)

Thirty five community members received information about colorectal cancer risk and early detection guidelines at the Ponce Health Sciences University. This charla replicated the Partnership’s ¡Salud! Serie de charla workshops, previously conducted only in Tampa, FL.  Participants received Fecal Immunochemical Test kits. The CHE collaborated with the Hospital San Lucas to analyze the Fecal Immunochemical Test kits and provide colonoscopies, if needed.


July 15, 2017: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Saturday, July 15th at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Stabile Research Building and focused on skin cancer. Three panelists discussed skin cancer prevention (Carla Molina-García, RN), skin cancer research (Jocelyn Del Rio), and skin cancer diagnosis and treatment (Georgina Crago, PA-C). The event was held in collaboration with Moffitt’s Mole Patrol®. Attendees were offered free skin cancer screenings.

 


August 11, 2017: El Puente (The Bridge) (PR)

The purpose of this year’s El Puente event, which was held on Friday, August 11th at the Ponce Health Sciences University, was to discuss possible collaborations between the community members and the PHSU investigators from departments such as Public Health, Basic Sciences, Puerto Rico Biobank (PRBB), among others.  Four groups from the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) workshop presented to researchers their concerns regarding health problems that can develop into cancer.  As a result, two U54 research investigators examined possible collaborations with two groups from the community with topics such as lung and skin cancer.


August 26, 2017: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas

The event was held on Saturday, August 26th at Ana G Mendez University System (SUAGM) and focused on cancer prevention. The CHE discussed the definition of cancer, cancer-related risk factors, and cancer prevention tips. The event was held in collaboration with SUAGM (community partner).


August 28, 2017: Screen to Save (PR)

This educational session was held at Hospital General Castañer, a rural area hospital in the southern region of Puerto Rico. In addition to the information regarding colorectal cancer risk factors and early detection, the CHE provided participants with Fecal Immunochemical Test kits to encourage screening practices.


December 14, 2017: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas (PR)

The event was held at the Caribbean Residential (located in rural PR), and focused on cancer prevention and stress. Two panelists discussed cancer prevention (Hector Velez, MD) and the impact of stress on health (Julio Jimenez, MD). Topics discussed included how stress can arise after a traumatic event like Hurricane Maria and how the response of an individual, through biological mechanisms, may influence the development of diseases such as cancer. Contact information for free psychological services was provided to all attendees.  


January 23, 2018: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas 

The event was held on Tuesday, January 23rd at Blessed Sacrament Manor and focused on women’s cancer. Three panelists discussed breast cancer (Carla Molina-García, RN), cervical and uterine cancer (Roberto Díaz, MD), and Human Papilloma Virus (Jomar López, BA, CCHW).


February 23, 2018: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas (PR)

Lung Cancer Salud took place on Friday, February 23, 2018, at Plaza Artesanal located in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. In collaboration with a current Community Advisory Panel member, Geraline Gracia and the support group Rayo de Luz y Esperanza, 60 participants from Peñuelas received information on risk factors for lung cancer (Jomar López, CHE), as well as the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer (Dr. Héctor Vélez, MD). Additionally, during the charla the community raised the question of how stress impacted cancer outcomes, which generated a discussion between the community and Dr. Julio Jiménez on stress, spirituality and their impact on cancer-related health outcomes.