About

The Dialogue for Action™ is a program focused on increasing cancer screening as part of a comprehensive and coordinated cancer prevention strategy through:

  • An annual national conference
  • Projects with Native American tribes and urban Indian health organizations
  • Projects with states and regions

Since 1999, 17 states and 10 American Indian/Alaska Native teams have participated in the Dialogue process to increase capacity for CRC screening in their respective communities — whether large or small, and rural or urban. Outcomes of the projects have included statewide media campaigns, dissemination of tools for office reminder systems, support for CRC legislation and culturally appropriate educational materials.

More About the Dialogue for Action™ National Conference

The Dialogue emphasizes evidence-based cancer screening according to guidelines. All participants are encouraged to take the dialogue back to their communities and workplaces to promote appropriate screening.

In past years, the focus of the Dialogue has been on colorectal cancer screening. Since 2013, the Dialogue for Action expanded to include the mandated guidelines-driven cancer screenings (colorectal, cervical, breast and now lung cancer screenings) and also covered issues related to other cancer screenings (prostate, oral and skin).

The conference features a mix of state-of-the-art presentations and interactive, dynamic “conversations” among participants. The Dialogue equips participants with concrete tools and effective strategies for use in both clinical and public health settings.

Participants include:

  • Primary Care Physicians (Internists, Family Physicians, Osteopaths)
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Oncologists
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Quality Team Members in Hospitals, Insurance Companies, etc.
  • Advocates and Survivors
  • Patient Navigators, Care Managers, Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Health Services Researchers
  • Health Educators
  • Staff of Health and Human Services (NIH, CDC, CMS, IHS, AHRQ)
  • Staff of State Health Departments
  • Staff of Non-Profit Health Organizations
  • Third-Party Payers
  • Administrators

The 2016 conference will be held on April 6-8, 2016, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Questions? Contact Lisa Han at lisa.han@preventcancer.org