The 2023 Prevent Cancer Dialogue was held virtually as a series of two webcast summits which took place on May 24 and June 28, 2023. These summits continued our focus on the themes of innovation and health equity in cancer prevention and early detection. Attendees heard from experts in the field and participated in Q&A sessions and peer-to-peer breakout group conversations.
Our 2023 Prevent Cancer Dialogue Toolkit is now available! Keep the Dialogue going by viewing recorded presentations, speaker slides and additional resource materials. Don’t forget to share with your colleagues!
If you are a nurse, nurse practitioner or certified health education specialist, the Prevent Cancer Dialogue can help you meet your goals for continuing education credits.
Stay tuned for information about future Dialogue opportunities.
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. The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients below.
|PREVENT CANCER DIALOGUE CANCER PREVENTION LAUREL AWARD RECIPIENTS|
|2022||Laurel Award for Increasing Health Equity||Robert Winn, M.D.|
|Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service||Candace Henley, CPN|
|Laurel Award for National Leadership||Edith Mitchell, M.D.|
|Special Award for Outstanding Commitment||Karen Peterson, Ph.D.|
|2021||Laurel Award for Health Equity||Tsu-Yin Wu, Ph.D, M.S.N.|
|Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service||Ify Anne Nwabukwu|
|Laurel Award for National Leadership||David Ahlquist, M.D.
|2020||Laurel Award for Health Equity||Karen Kim, M.D.|
|Laurel Award for National Leadership||Kathleen Schmeler, M.D.|
|Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service||Johnnay Benjamin|
|News release, awards presented by Jennifer Griffin|
|2019||Laurel Award for Health Equity||Sanjeev Aurora, M.D.|
|Laurel Award for National Leadership||Cynthia Jorgensen, Dr.P.H.|
|Community Leadership||Chien-Chi Huang|
|Special Award for Lifetime Achievement||Bernard Levin, M.D., FACP|
|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.|
Poster presentations at the 2022 Prevent Cancer Dialogue focused on research and/or programmatic work to reduce health disparities at the community level, tying in with the conference theme, Advancing Health Equity Through Innovation. Click HERE to view this year’s poster presentations.
The Prevent Cancer Dialogue convenes meetings, whether virtual or in-person, on cancer screening and prevention to:
Participants take the Dialogue back to their communities and workplaces with concrete ways to enhance or expand what they already do to promote prevention practices and appropriate screening.
The Prevent Cancer Dialogue has been implemented on these levels:
The Prevent Cancer Dialogue convenes a diverse group of stakeholders and provides a welcoming environment for the exchange of ideas, information and experiences, networking, brainstorming and thoughtful discussion of strategies for cancer prevention and early detection in all communities. Experts in the field give timely and enlightening presentations on trending topics and the Q&A sessions and peer-to-peer conversations provide productive dialogue among participants. Now in its 22nd year, the Dialogue started as laser-focused on colorectal cancer screening, and, over the years, it expanded to include cancer prevention and then to include also cervical, breast and lung cancer screenings. The Dialogue also covers issues related to early detection content related to other cancers, such as prostate, oral, ovarian and skin. The Dialogue currently reaches participants from 49 states, 3 territories and several other countries.
Since 2007, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has had the honor of working with American Indian/Alaska (AI/AN) groups to increase cancer screening, and most especially colorectal cancer screening. The Foundation first convened a Dialogue of 10 AI/AN teams in Portland, Oregon, to kick off year-long projects that they designed and planned to increase colorectal cancer screening in their respective communities. Each team received a grant of $10,000 from the Foundation. Team members included tribal council members and leaders, health directors, community workers, health care providers, tribal elders, CRC survivors and family members or representatives of state health departments. These projects were:
The Foundation continues to work with colleagues on cancer prevention and early detection in Indian Country. Every year, the annual national Dialogue offers content relevant to Indian Country and convenes a peer-to-peer information-sharing meeting to keep everybody up-to-date on what’s happening in cancer screening and prevention in Indian Country.
From 2003 – 2008, The Prevent Cancer Dialogue was also active on the state level, thanks to funding from a five-year CDC cooperative agreement and also individual funding from some states. These year-long projects strengthened state-wide collaborations and partnerships, working within their state-level comprehensive cancer control plans to increase capacity for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in communities across their states — whether large or small, and rural or urban. Outcomes of the projects included statewide media campaigns, the establishment of a state-specific foundation to support CRC screening in underserved communities, dissemination of tools for office-reminder systems, support for CRC legislation and culturally appropriate educational materials
The states which convened Dialogues were:
Regardless of size or shape, every Dialogue 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. At any Dialogue, there likely is a mix of these participants:
The Dialogue Archives provide cancer screening and prevention materials to help foster and support conversations with both Dialogue colleagues and members of your community.
Click below to view materials and information from previous Dialogue events:
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 Prevent Cancer Dialogue, you have a terrific opportunity to help advance work in cancer screening. View 2023 sponsorship opportunities.
If your organization would like to support the 2023 Prevent Cancer Dialogue, or for more information on how you can become a corporate partner of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, please contact Becca Ginns at 703-519-2117 or Becca.Ginns@preventcancer.org.
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