Dialogue for Action® is an annual national conference that brings a diversity of stakeholders together to discuss the best ways to reinforce cancer screening, prevention and risk reduction initiatives in their communities. The Wednesday through Friday schedule is packed with unique opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in engaging presentations, facilitated conversations, relationship building and more.
The Latin name for the Bay Laurel plant, laurus noblis, is derived from the word “to praise” or to be renowned or famous. The laurel has long been a symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit and reward. In Ancient Rome, heroes among the athletes, generals, emperors and poets received a wreath of laurels as homage to their service and accomplishments.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® created the Cancer Prevention Laurels in 2003 to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients below.
Awards are made in the following three categories to recognize work in any field of cancer prevention and early detection:
Share this letter with your colleagues to submit outstanding individuals for a Laurel.
You may submit one or more nominations here. Note that you may nominate someone for only one award category and may make only one nomination per award category. Provide a letter for each nomination describing why the nominee should be recognized with a particular award and include a short biographical sketch (no CVs please).
The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Laurels Awards is Monday, December 17, 2018, 5 pm EST.
|DIALOGUE FOR ACTION® CANCER PREVENTION LAUREL AWARD RECIPIENTS|
|2018||National Leadership||Dennis J. Ahnen, M.D., AGAF, FACG|
|Dedication to Community Service||Reshma Khan, Ph.D.|
|Increasing Health Equity||Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D.|
|Lifetime Achievement||Paul F. Engstrom, M.D.|
|2017||National Leadership||Holly J. Wolf, Ph.D, M.S.P.H.|
|Special Award for Community Service||Gina M. Villani, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2016||National Leadership||James Hotz, M.D.|
|Special Award for Community Service||Ira F. Combs, R.N.|
|2015||Innovative Programs||Lynn F. Butterly, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Durado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H.|
|Advocacy||Councilmember LaToya Cantrell|
|Special Award for Leadership in Skin Cancer Prevention||Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.|
|Special Award for Innovation in Health Information Technology||Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.|
|2014||Innovative Programs||Olga G. Sánchez|
|National Leadership||Laurie Fenton Ambrose|
|Advocacy||Thomas K. Weber, M.D., F.A.C.S.|
|Special Award for Inspiration||The NewsBabes|
|Special Award for Health Policy||Susan Dentzer|
|2013||Innovative Programs||Michael B. Potter, M.D.|
|National Leadership||James L. Mulshine, M.D.|
|Advocacy||Jo-Ellen Corkery De Luca|
|2012||Innovative Programs||Franklin G. Berger, Ph.D.|
|National Leadership||Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H, M.S.|
|Advocacy||Ann E. Fonfa|
|Lifetime Achievement||Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.|
|2011||Innovative Programs||Sanja Percac-Lima, M.D., Ph.D., D.M.D.|
|National Leadership||Mary Doroshenk, M.A.|
|Advocacy||Whitney Jones, M.D.|
|2010||Innovative Programs||Lina Jandorf, M.A.|
|National Leadership||Laura Seeff, M.D.|
|2009||Innovative Programs||Diane Dwyer, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2008||International Leadership||Joseph Sung, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2007||Innovative Programs||Claudia Christensen, R.N., F.N.P., C.G.R.N.|
|National Leadership||David Lieberman, M.D.|
|2006||Outstanding Advocacy||Barry Stein, Esq.|
|Outstanding National Leadership||Harold P. Freeman, M.D.|
|Outstanding Public Service||Linda Burhansstipanov, M.S.P.H., Dr.P.H.|
|Honorary Cancer Prevention Laurel for Educational Outreach||Foghorn Leghorn|
|2005||Dedication to Community Service||Paul Limberg, M.D., M.P.H.|
|National Leadership||Richard Wender, M.D.|
|Advocacy||Dale Mintz, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.|
|Dedication to Public Service||Congresswoman Louise Slaughter|
|2004||Dedication to Public Service||Nathaniel Cobb, M.D.|
|Dedication to Community Programs||Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.|
|National Leadership||Robert A. Smith, Ph.D.|
|International Leadership||Meinhard Classen, M.D.|
|Paul Rozen, M.D.|
|Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.|
|2003||Outstanding Public Service||Ernestine Hambrick, M.D.|
|Innovation in Communications||Elmer Huerta, M.D.|
|Outstanding National Leadership||Bernard Levin, M.D.|
|Dedication to Community Programs||Robert Warren, M.D.|
April 24-26, 2019
Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
Information about Dialogue 2019 educational credit opportunities will be posted as it becomes available. For your reference, here is what was offered at Dialogue 2018:
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is now offering continuing education credits for health educators and nurse practitioners or nurses at the Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention.
Objectives for this conference
Don’t miss your opportunity to enhance your knowledge in cancer prevention and early detection and discuss the latest research, trends and best practices to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!®
Additional information for nurses or nurse practitioners who seek continuing education credits at the Dialogue:
The complete Dialogue for Action® conference is held Wednesday-Friday, and from beginning to end, covers 23.5 hours (CE and non-CE activity).
The Dialogue for Action® is a program focused on increasing cancer screening as part of a comprehensive and coordinated cancer prevention strategy through:
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.
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.
Questions? Contact Lorelei Mitrani at Lorelei.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for photos from the April 2018 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention? Check out our photo gallery for a snapshot of the Dialogue experience.
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The Dialogue Archives contains materials to start and continue conversations with Dialogue colleagues and in your community about cancer screening and prevention.
To learn about evidence-based interventions and collaborations in communities working on cancer screening and prevention, view the posters and presentations that were presented throughout the 2017 Dialogue.
Want to discuss new cancer screening modalities or advocacy campaigns? Download the Networking Resource Guide to network with past Dialogue professionals on a variety of cancer screening issues.
Click below to view materials and information from previous Dialogue for Action® events:
The 2018 Dialogue poster session theme was “Community-based Programs or Practices in Cancer Screening or Prevention.” The poster session highlighted 19 projects and programs from across the country. This year’s top ranked poster was Human Papillomavirus Prevention in North Dakota’s Youth: Early Results of an HPV Educational Project Targeted at Health Care Professional Communication, presented by Danielle Pinnick, MPH and Paul J. Carson, MD, FACP with North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education. Stay tuned for an interview with our top ranked poster presenters. View the full list of posters displayed at the 2018 Dialogue.
Cancer prevention: Seize the low-hanging fruit, then work upward, Mar. 29, 2018
This post comes from Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and one of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists. The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is excited to welcome Ms. Dentzer to moderate the closing keynote panel “Visions for the Future of Cancer Prevention” at the 2018 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention. Read more
Reducing colorectal cancer rates in Alaska, March 29, 2018
We spoke to Ms. Christensen about her work to improve colorectal cancer screening rates and the value of this conference for nurse practitioners and other primary care providers. Read more
Dialogue with Project ECHO’s Erika Harding, Feb. 22, 2018
Project ECHO’s Erika Harding will present the opening keynote address at the 2018 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention. We talked to Ms. Harding about her work at Project ECHO to bring specialized care to rural and underserved communities around the world. Read more
Leading up to the 2017 conference, Dialogue speakers and attendees will be talking about their work to improve cancer screening and prevention in monthly blog posts.
Addressing equal access to preventive care in Tunisia, Apr. 4, 2017
As a member of the Tunisian Association for Defending the Right to Health, Dr. Amna Khalfaoui plans to travel from North Africa to attend this year’s Dialogue for Action® conference. Read about the challenges Tunisia faces in improving health care and what she’s most looking to take home with her from this year’s Dialogue in her blog post. Read more
Come to Dialogue with Aetna Foundation’s Garth Graham, Mar. 9, 2017
Garth Graham, MD, MPH, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Dialogue for Action® conference. We talked to Dr. Graham about his work to improve health equity across the country. Read more
Why you should attend the 2017 Dialogue for Action®, Feb. 24, 2017
We are two months away from the 19th annual Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening & Prevention. This cutting-edge conference is being held in an exciting new location, the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, right outside Washington, D.C. Read more
No woman should die of cervical cancer Jan. 19, 2017
In the United States, cervical cancer is becoming less common thanks to increased vaccinations, improved screening rates and better treatments. But incidence and death rates remain high among women in underserved areas across the country. Read more
21st Century Cures Act: Where are we now? Apr. 11, 2016
On April 6th the Prevent Cancer Foundation kicked off our annual Dialogue for Action®, bringing together community health leaders, government staff, oncologists, researchers, and advocates to discuss issues of cancer prevention, screening and early detection. Read more
Join Dr. Kristi Funk, breast surgeon to the stars, at the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 2016 Dialogue for Action® Mar. 22, 2016
While I’m known for caring for some high-profile patients such as Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow, my career goal is to ensure that all women, regardless of circumstance or ability to pay, are receiving high-quality breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment. Read more
A Multi-State Coalition is formed at the 2015 Dialogue for Action® Feb. 18, 2016
Roy J. Duhé, Ph.D., is Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Director for Cancer Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Read more
Cervical cancer screening technology comes to Rwanda Nov. 19, 2015
What do a cancer researcher from New York City and a CEO from a biotech firm in Israel have in common? Read more
Looking towards the 2016 Dialogue for Action® conference Jul. 22, 2015
Next year’s “can’t miss” Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening will take place April 6 – 8, 2016, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. Read more
Technology and health disparities Apr. 16, 2015
Minorities and other underserved or vulnerable communities have often experienced both concentrated poverty and isolation from knowledge and resources, and thus we see higher rates of cancer incidences and deaths than from other populations. Read more
Highlights from Day 3 Apr. 25, 2015
The final day of the conference kicked off with a humorous and enlightening presentation by the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H. Last year while serving as Surgeon General, RADM Lushniak issued the Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Read more
Highlights from Day 2 Apr. 24, 2015
President and founder, Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé opened the conference today by highlighting the recent public figures who spoke publicly about taking preventative measures and getting screened on cancer prevention and early detection, including Taylor Swift, Angelina Joli-Pitt and Rita Wilson. Read more
Highlights from Day 1 Apr. 23, 2015
The 2015 Dialogue for Action® conference on cancer screening started out with a bang. Read more
Claudia Henschke to speak at 2014 Dialogue for Action® Jan. 10, 2014
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is excited to announce that Claudia Henschke, Ph.D., M.D., will speak on “Lung Cancer Screening: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going” at the 2014 Dialogue for Action®: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening. Read more
Best ever Dialogue for Action®! Mar. 25, 2014
The Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 2014 Dialogue for Action® conference gathering a diverse group of cancer screening stakeholders from 33 states and the District of Columbia, 9 American Indian/Alaska tribes and organizations, Japan and Israel. Read more
Join us as we continue the dialogue on cancer screening with podcasts featuring Dialogue speakers and other noted cancer professionals exploring critical issues in cancer screening.
Serving the Community with Client Navigation Services featuring Olga Lucia Jimenez, Georgia Director of Community Outreach with American Cancer Society and Lina Jandorf, a research professor at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.
Do you work with an underserved community or are you interested in helping eligible women get screening and follow-up for breast and cervical cancer? This podcast dives into the Client Navigation Program funded by the American Cancer Society in partnership with the Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. We hope that the lessons shared may help you start or sustain a client navigation program for your community.
Following the 2014 Dialogue, we produced four podcasts:
A Successful Health Insurance Exchange: Kentucky’s Kynect featuring David Woodmansee, Associate Director of State & Local Campaigns at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Audrey Haynes, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for Kentucky.
Is your state one of the 17 which have state-based health insurance marketplaces? This podcast takes us down South to Kentucky as she has a unique place among southern states: she has both expanded Medicaid coverage and set up her own state-based health insurance exchange. This podcast focuses on Kynect, Kentucky’s state-based health insurance exchange highlighting their current successes and how they’re preparing for 2015 open enrollment.
How to Implement a Successful Lung Cancer Screening Program featuring Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lung Cancer Alliance, a national nonprofit, and Andrea B. McKee, M.D., Chief of the Radiology Oncology Department at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Part 2 of our podcast on lung cancer screening explores the implementation of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center’s successful lung cancer screening program with lessons that you can take back to your organization.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Lung Cancer Screening featuring Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lung Cancer Alliance, a national nonprofit, and Andrea B. McKee, M.D., Chief of the Radiology Oncology Department at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.
This podcast was so rich with information that we decided to use it all by breaking it into two parts! Tune in to learn all about lung cancer screening, what low-dose computed tomography is and the debate that’s underway regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services coverage of lung cancer screening.
E-Cigarettes and How to Advocate for a Tobacco-Free Future featuring Cathy Callaway, Associate Director of State & Local Campaigns at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Erika Sward, Assistant Vice President for National Advocacy at the American Lung Association.
This podcast focuses on electronic cigarettes and tobacco-control advocacy. We’ll hear more about the public health concerns from our tobacco-control advocates as they talk about advocacy at the state and local levels.
If you have trouble listening to any of the podcasts on this page, visit our page on SoundCloud.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® values its partnerships with its supporters – and appreciates the impact we make together on increasing cancer screening. As a supporter of the Dialogue for Action®, you have a terrific opportunity to help advance work in cancer screening.
If your organization would like to support the 2019 Dialogue for Action®, or for more information on how you can become a corporate partner of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, please contact Janet Hudson at Janet.Hudson@preventcancer.org or (703) 519-2117.
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