Webinar: How to Equitably Respond to Local Cancer Needs


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Do you how cancer impacts your local population? How can you help?

Find new strategies to address the local cancer burden at UT Health San Antonio’s webinar, “How to Identify and Equitably Respond to Local Cancer Needs,” recorded live at 10 a.m. Central on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

This webinar featured experts from the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, Genentech, as well as a patient advocate, who together explored local cancer issues.

Panelists shared how to strategically listen, engage, and respond to local cancer needs to guide cancer research, care, and outreach tailored to address the needs of local communities.

This is a part of a webinar series, “Let’s Address Health Equity Together.”

The series is a collaboration of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech.

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Learn about the Speakers for this Webinar on Clinical Trials

Here are the panelists for the webinar.

After brief panelist presentations, a discussion will follow, moderated by Dr. Amelie Ramirez.

amelie ramirezDr. Amelie G. Ramirez (moderator) is an internationally recognized researcher in Latino health promotion. She is director of Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. Ramirez has spent over 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and promotion of health equity. She also is associate director of cancer outreach and engagement at the NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.

susan-vadaparampil-profileDr. Susan Vadaparampil is Associate Center Director of the office of Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity (COEE) at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. COEE works to place health equity at the forefront of Moffitt research and ensure that its work is informed by ongoing and bidirectional exchange of information and ideas between our researchers and community stakeholders. Moffitt’s current catchment area includes 15 counties spanning West Central Florida. Dr. Vadaparampil’s academic training includes a Bachelor of Health Science Education from the University of Florida (UF), a Master in Health Science Education with a concentration in Community Health from UF, a doctorate in Health Behavior from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research uses a combination of behavioral science, epidemiology, health services, and clinical perspectives to improve dissemination and uptake of new cancer prevention and control innovations into clinical practice and the community.

Rebecca JonesDr. Rebecca Jones is faculty associate at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Jones holds a doctorate in Applied Demography from the School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She also holds a MS in Health and Kinesiology, with an emphasis in community health and biostatistics and a BS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in physiology from UTSA. She has over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, research design, and statistical analyses. Her areas of focus include health systems research, health disparities, and structural determinants of health. She also contributes to the cancer outreach and engagement team at the NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.

Ivis Febus-SampayoIvis Febus-Sampayo is a two-time breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at the young age of 38 while raising two small boys. Most recently she retired as the chief officer of diversity and Inclusion at SHARE Cancer Support. She joined the organization in May 1996, as the first LatinaSHARE director where she used her knowledge of the NYC Latino community to develop programs that would enrich the Spanish community. Febus-Sampayo’s strong background in grassroots leadership helped her to develop the LatinaSHARE program into one of the first Latino programs to provide various breast and ovarian cancer services in Spanish. Through her management and advocacy skills the LatinaSHARE program saw growth of services and specific programs for the Latino communities, including the Novela project which provides awareness and education about breast cancer as well as the breaking of myths about this disease within this community. Today, she continues to be involved in various local and national committees, and continues her work as a patient advocate focusing on health disparities.

vDr. Veronica Sandoval is a Principal in the Patient Inclusion and Health Equity team in the Chief Diversity Office at Genentech. Veronica’s policy and medical background, along with the personal and professional intersection of her Latino roots and health equity efforts, bring a rich perspective to Genentech’s ongoing work in health equity and inclusive research. Veronica joined Roche-Genentech in 2018 as a Global Medical Collaboration Lead supporting the early clinical development program for autism. Prior to her role as Principal in the CDO, she supported the respiratory portfolio as a Medical Science Liaison. She has experience in health equity, medical affairs, thought leader development, patient engagement, and external partnerships. Therapeutic areas of expertise include ophthalmology, oncology, multiple sclerosis, immunology, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, women’s health, autism spectrum disorder, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and influenza. Veronica also practiced as an intellectual property litigation attorney focusing on complex patent litigation in the life sciences and pharmaceutical fields. Veronica holds a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Utah, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Behind the Webinar Series on Health Equity

The “Let’s Address Health Equity Together” webinar series is a collaboration of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech.

Three webinars are planned for 2024.

Four webinars occurred in 2023, and six occurred from 2021-2022.

Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play.

The Mays Cancer Center, also known as the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, has a mission to decrease the burden of cancer in San Antonio, South Texas and beyond. We bring South Texas a level of exceptional care that is comparable with the nation’s most respected programs. More patients put their trust in our program because we have a unique understanding of our community’s cancer care needs. We excel in delivering advanced therapies.

Founded more than 40 years ago as the first biotechnology company, Genentech is dedicated to the rigorous pursuit of science and the development and delivery of life-changing medicines for people facing serious diseases. Headquartered in South San Francisco, California and a proud member of the Roche Group, our community is united by a common purpose and sense of urgency to transform the future of healthcare. Learn more at gene.com.

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