Dialogue For Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention

Just announced:

2020 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention
April 15-17, 2020
Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
Arlington, VA

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. 

Looking for more information? We will post more information on the 2020 Dialogue soon.  Click the drop-down sections below for more about the 2019 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention as well as prior conferences. Have a question about Dialogue? Email Adrienne Harkness at 

Laurels AwardsThe 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:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership: Awarded to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in cancer prevention or early detection at the national level in the U.S. A successful nomination will be of an outstanding individual whose leadership and vision have inspired others to join him or her in working toward a shared goal which has made a difference in cancer screening or prevention.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Increasing Health Equity: Awarded to an individual or organization for programs or innovations improving cancer prevention and screening in communities in the U.S. affected by health disparities. A successful nomination will be of an individual or organization that has identified and implemented innovative ways to provide services to underserved populations at the local, state or national level.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to enhancing cancer prevention or early detection on the community level in the U.S. A successful nomination will be of a remarkable individual who has identified and addressed gaps in meeting community needs in cancer prevention and screening. This commitment can be demonstrated through development and implementation of educational, clinical or research programs.

The nomination period for the 2019 Laurels Awards closed on Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:59 PM EST. 

2019Laurel Award for Health EquityDr. Sanjeev Arora
 Laurel Award for National LeadershipDr. Cynthia Jorgensen
 Community LeadershipChien-Chi Huang
 Special Award for Lifetime AchievementBernard Levin, M.D., FACP
2018National LeadershipDennis J. Ahnen, M.D., AGAF, FACG
 Dedication to Community ServiceReshma Khan, Ph.D.
 Increasing Health EquityElectra D. Paskett, Ph.D.
 Lifetime AchievementPaul F. Engstrom, M.D.
2017National LeadershipHolly J. Wolf, Ph.D, M.S.P.H.
 AdvocacyBrian Hummell
 Special Award for Community ServiceGina M. Villani, M.D., M.P.H.
2016National LeadershipJames Hotz, M.D.
 AdvocacyAnjee Davis
 Special Award for Community ServiceIra F. Combs, R.N.
2015Innovative ProgramsLynn F. Butterly, M.D.
 National LeadershipDurado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H.
 AdvocacyCouncilmember LaToya Cantrell
 Special Award for Leadership in Skin Cancer PreventionRear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.
 Special Award for Innovation in Health Information TechnologyKaren B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
2014Innovative ProgramsOlga G. Sánchez
 National LeadershipLaurie Fenton Ambrose
 AdvocacyThomas K. Weber, M.D., F.A.C.S.
 Special Award for InspirationThe NewsBabes
 Special Award for Health PolicySusan Dentzer
2013Innovative ProgramsMichael B. Potter, M.D.
 National LeadershipJames L. Mulshine, M.D.
 AdvocacyJo-Ellen Corkery De Luca
2012Innovative ProgramsFranklin G. Berger, Ph.D.
 National LeadershipJasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H, M.S.
 AdvocacyAnn E. Fonfa
 Lifetime AchievementSidney J. Winawer, M.D.
2011Innovative ProgramsSanja Percac-Lima, M.D., Ph.D., D.M.D.
 National LeadershipMary Doroshenk, M.A.
 AdvocacyWhitney Jones, M.D.
2010Innovative ProgramsLina Jandorf, M.A.
 National LeadershipLaura Seeff, M.D.
 AdvocacySusan Shinagawa
2009Innovative ProgramsDiane Dwyer, M.D.
 National LeadershipTim Byers, M.D., M.P.H.
 AdvocacyJoe Arite
2008International LeadershipJoseph Sung, M.D.
 National LeadershipClaudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.
 AdvocacyAnita Mitchell
2007Innovative ProgramsClaudia Christensen, R.N., F.N.P., C.G.R.N.
 National LeadershipDavid Lieberman, M.D.
 AdvocacyAmy Kelly
2006Outstanding AdvocacyBarry Stein, Esq.
 Outstanding National LeadershipHarold P. Freeman, M.D.
 Outstanding Public ServiceLinda Burhansstipanov, M.S.P.H., Dr.P.H.
 Honorary Cancer Prevention Laurel for Educational OutreachFoghorn Leghorn
2005Dedication to Community ServicePaul Limberg, M.D., M.P.H.
 National LeadershipRichard Wender, M.D.
 AdvocacyDale Mintz, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
 Dedication to Public ServiceCongresswoman Louise Slaughter
2004Dedication to Public ServiceNathaniel Cobb, M.D.
 Dedication to Community ProgramsAmelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.
 National LeadershipRobert A. Smith, Ph.D.
 AdvocacyCindy Iverson
 International LeadershipMeinhard Classen, M.D.
  Paul Rozen, M.D.
  Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.
2003Outstanding Public ServiceErnestine Hambrick, M.D.
 Innovation in CommunicationsElmer Huerta, M.D.
 Outstanding National LeadershipBernard Levin, M.D.
 Dedication to Community ProgramsRobert Warren, M.D.

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April 24-26, 2019
Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
Arlington, VA

2019 Hotel & Travel Information

Information about Dialogue 2019 educational credit opportunities will be posted as it becomes available.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is now offering continuing education contact hours (CECH) credits for health educators at the 2019 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention.

Health educators (CHES): You can earn up to 19.0 Category 1 CEU credits provided by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to total of 19.0 Category I contact education contact hours.

Health Educators: Learning Objectives

Nurse practitioners or nurses: The Prevent Cancer Foundation® has been approved to provide up to 18.75 continuing education credits, and 0 hours of pharmacology for nurse practitioners or nurses at the 2019 Dialogue.  This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, NPWH Activity number 19-05.

Content Documentation Sessions

Content Documentation Posters

Intended Dialogue audience: The Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention is the “can’t miss” annual national conference that brings the diversity of stakeholders from both clinical medicine and public health together to spark discussion and exchange about the evidence base and best practices to deliver cancer screening or prevention in their communities or workplaces.

The complete Dialogue for Action® conference is held Wednesday-Friday, and from beginning to end, covers 24.0 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:

  • 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.

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

Questions? Contact Adrienne Harkness at

Dialogue for Action 2018Looking 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.

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 presentations, posters and other materials that were presented throughout the 2019 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:

2019 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention

2018 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention

2017 Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention

2016 Dialogue for Action®: Progress and Prospects in Cancer Screening and Prevention

2015 Dialogue for Action®: Expanding Access Through Innovation

2014 Dialogue for Action®: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening

2013 Dialogue for Action®: Hitting the Targets

2012 Dialogue for Action®: Today’s Progress, Tomorrow’s Challenge

2011 Dialogue for Action®: Prevention Now for a Healthier Tomorrow

2010 Dialogue for Action®: Prevention Hits the Headlines

2009 Dialogue for Action®: Harnessing the Power of Success


2018 Blogs

Susan DentzerCancer 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


Claudia Christensen, ANPReducing 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





Erika HardingDialogue 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



2017 Blogs

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




Past articles


 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.


Support the Dialogue for Action®

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 or (703) 519-2117.

If you personally would like to support the Foundation, please go to donate.

Special thanks to the 2019 Dialogue supporters!

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