Dialogue 2017—not a moment wasted

June 8, 2017

By Lisa Han

“This was the best Dialogue that I have attended. The content was applicable across cancers. There was not a moment of time wasted.” – Dialogue 2017 participant

Panel on viruses and cancer: Erich Sturgis, MD, MPH, MD Anderson; Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH, Philadelphia Fight; Andrea Caracostis, MD, MPH, Hope Clinic; Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, Oncology Nursing Society

The 19th annual Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening & Prevention engaged a diverse and committed audience from 35 states, nine American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and organizations, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the countries Tunisia and Nigeria.

This year’s new location breathed fresh life into the annual conference. Dialogue featured expert speakers on topics like big data in public health, social determinants of health, viruses and cancer, current research trends, affordable quality health care post-ACA and developments in imaging for cancer screening.

Tamika Felder, Cervivor, speaking with attendees after the preview of her in-progress documentary on cervical cancer.

Participants also enjoyed multiple networking events, including a movie night with a special sneak preview of an in-progress documentary by Tamika Felder, a cervical cancer survivor and advocate and founder of the non-profit Cervivor. Dialogue attendees also took advantage of additional opportunities for engagement through our new mobile app, the networking resource guide and small-group “Conversations” in which participants shared their experience and knowledge with one another.

 

Dialogue attendees and speakers engage in conversation about community-level approaches to reduce disparities in cancer screening.

“The ‘Conversations’ sessions I thought were very good with good exchange of ideas. Please keep this going.” – Dialogue 2017 participant

Now that the conference is over, the real work begins. Participants returned home from Dialogue with concrete strategies to move cancer screening and prevention ahead in their communities or workplaces. In fact, 94 percent of the participants surveyed after the conference plan to implement change or are considering changes in their workplace or community as a direct result of Dialogue. And 7 out of 10 participants plan to reach out to contacts made at the Dialogue for discussion and collaboration on cancer screening and prevention.

“I am much more aware of the screening protocols and categories, and best of all, I now understand why the age groups are significant in who gets screened and who doesn’t. This information can now be passed onto my patients who ask.” – Dialogue 2017 participant

If you missed some of these sessions (or are looking for added insight) be sure to check out some highlights:

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Dialogue!

Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening & Prevention
April 11-13, 2018
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
Mclean, VA

In the meantime, share your ideas for 2018 Dialogue topics or speakers by email with Karen.Peterson@preventcancer.org.

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