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Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer: Zero Breast Cancer's 25th Year Webinar Series

Zero Breast Cancer's 25th Anniversary Speaker Series: Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer

In honor of our 25th anniversary, Zero Breast Cancer is proud to present a series of webinars featuring researchers and community members that we have worked with in our mission to reduce the risk of breast cancer and disease recurrence, and to improve health and wellness for all. Since our early days of trying to figure out what causes breast cancer, ZBC has focused on those of us with higher risk and fewer resources. Please join us to look at what we can do together to reduce the risk of breast cancer through social and environmental justice.

Our ZIP Codes & Breast Cancer: Working Together for Healthier Places - Registration Now Open!

Thursday April 29, 2021 at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET

Join us for the second Webinar in our Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer series to hear how where we live, work, and play affects breast cancer risk and outcomes. Where we spend time makes a difference for our access to healthy choices and quality health care. Some areas have safe places to walk, a supermarket with healthy, affordable food, and a supportive community. Others don’t, and that matters for our health. Our panel will explore the importance of the built and social environments in cancer and how we can improve our health by working together. Register now!

Featuring

Scarlett Gomez, PHD, MPH

Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the University of California San Francisco researching the role of social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, immigration status, sociocultural factors, and neighborhood characteristics, on health outcomes. She is Director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. She has contributed data regarding cancer incidence and outcomes for distinct Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander and Hispanic ethnic groups, as well as cancer patterns by nativity status and neighborhood characteristics. She developed the California Neighborhoods Data System, a compilation of small-area level data on social and built environment characteristics, and has used these data in more than a dozen funded studies to evaluate the impact of social and built neighborhood environment factors on disease outcomes.

 

 

 

Lesley Kailani Glenn

 

Lesley Kailani Glenn’s passion, motivation and personal experience of living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) for over 8 years, drive her desire to partner with others in order to fund research for a cure for, increase awareness of, and support those living with MBC. Prior to her MBC diagnosis, she received a bachelors of science in organizational leadership and brought therapeutic art to marginalized and incarcerated communities. She transferred her advocacy to MBC, mentoring others, receiving the LBCC Leadership Volunteer Award, co-founding Make Good Moves/Climb for a Cure, and serving as an advisor for the Love Research Army and as a reviewer for the DOD-CDMRP. She recently launched her largest endeavor, Project Life, a virtual wellness house for those living with MBC and their loved ones, as an Elevate Ambassador with the NCCS.

 

 

Diane Velez, MPH

 

Diane Velez, MPH, currently leads ActiveSGV's CalFresh Healthy Communities program, where she oversees the largest Nutrition Education and Physical Activity project in the San Gabriel Valley. Diane began volunteering with the ActiveSGV in 2016 before joining as a staff member. Over the past several years she has also supported the 626 Golden Streets team, Safe Routes to School program, Chair of the Development team, and Women-on-Wheels (WoW) project, which aims to empower more girls and women to engage in health and wellness practices. Additionally, she serves on the Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council and holds a Master of Public Health. Diane is passionate about improving community health and sustainability in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.

 

 

Moderator

Catherine Thomsen, MPH

 

Catherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the epidemiologist for the State of Oregon’s environmental and occupational health programs and coordinated an interagency pesticide poisoning prevention program. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her BA in international relations from Pomona College. She studied in France and spent more than three years in rural and urban Costa Rica with the Peace Corps and USAID.

 

 

Culture, Language and Addressing Inequities in Breast Cancer

When: August 2021, date TBD

Featuring: Anna Nápoles, PhD, MPH, of the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities (additional speakers to be announced)

 Anna Napoles, PhD, MPH

Our culture and ability to communicate in English impact our perception of and access to healthcare and other resources in the U.S. These factors affect cancer prevention, screening, treatment and outcomes, including survivors’ quality of life. Join us as we learn about ways ZBC and others work to engage culturally diverse communities to improve health and wellness.

 

Environmental Justice for Breast Cancer Prevention

When: Fall 2021

Featuring: To be announced

BIPOC and people with lower incomes are much more likely to live, learn and work in areas with toxic chemicals that harm our health and increase breast cancer risk. Environmental justice is an essential part of health equity and breast cancer prevention. Join us to learn about how some communities are disproportionately impacted by these exposures and how we can work together to reduce toxins and breast cancer risk. 

 

Past Webinars

Bridging Researchers and Impacted Communities for Health Equity in Breast Cancer

January 28, 2021

By engaging people from communities impacted by breast cancer, research can be more relevant and have greater influence. Community members, including patients and caregivers, provide unique perspectives on their needs and priorities, and can help to translate and apply research findings.

ZBC has been facilitating community involvement in research throughout its 25 years. Join us to learn how cancer advocates and scientists are partnering to improve equity in prevention, treatment and quality of life, and how you can participate.

Featuring 

Kim Rhoads for webKim Rhoads, MD, MPH, is Associate Director of Community Engagement for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she studied healthcare policy and management with an emphasis on minority health disparities and leadership. Dr. Rhoads founded the Stanford Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program (now called Community Outreach and Engagement). She earned her MD from UCSF School of Medicine and a MS in Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley. Although she no longer practices clinically, she is double boarded in general and colorectal surgery.

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Ysabel DuronYsabel Duron is a pioneering, award-winning Latina journalist, a cancer survivor, and for the last 20 years, one of the nation’s leading authorities in Latinx/Hispanic cancer education and advocacy. As a TV news anchor, she covered her own cancer battle on air. In 2003, she founded Latinas Contra Cancer, a nonprofit organization advocating for and serving the Latino community. Ms. Duron founded The Latino Cancer Institute (TLCI) in 2017, creating a nationwide network to develop and share best practice programs, increase global cancer research collaboration, and drive policy to solve the issues and burden of Latinx/Hispanic cancer. She serves as a patient/community advocate on multiple California and national boards, including NIH’s All of Us Study, and at multiple universities.

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Jasmine M Wong Jasmine M. Wong, MD, is a breast cancer surgeon at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center in the UCSF HDFCCC and San Francisco General Hospital. She supports the WISDOM Study (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of risk), a multicenter clinical trial that came about after years of stakeholder engagement (including advocates) to determine the best approach to breast cancer screening. Dr. Wong received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. After her general surgery residency at Loma Linda University, she completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at UCSF before joining the faculty. Her research interests include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and the immune system.

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Moderator

Catherine Thomsen headshot

Catherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the epidemiologist for the State of Oregon’s environmental and occupational health programs and coordinated an interagency pesticide poisoning prevention program. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her BA in international relations from Pomona College. She studied in France and spent more than three years in rural and urban Costa Rica with the Peace Corps and USAID.

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