Prevent Cancer Dialogue


Prevent Cancer Foundation Event Banner: Prevent Cancer Dialogue Virtual Summit Series, May 24, 2023 (Summit #1) and June 28, 2023 (Summit #2)


The 2023 Prevent Cancer Dialogue will be held virtually as a series of two webcast summits taking place on May 24 and June 28, 2023. With the focus of each summit, we will be building on the themes we introduced during the 2022 Dialogue: innovations and health equity in cancer prevention and early detection.  Experts in the field will give relevant and enlightening presentations, and Q&A sessions and peer-to-peer conversations will provide productive dialogue among participants.

Registration for each virtual summit is separate and free of charge.


Summit 1
Addressing Community-Level Disparities in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 1:00-4:00pm ET
Summit #1 Agenda)

Speakers will cover topics like successful community-centered approaches and patient navigation strategies that can reduce disparities and increase cancer screenings. Breakout groups will discuss examples of organizations’ successful work in patient navigation, tailored outreach to medically underserved communities, increasing access to and rates of lung cancer screening, and strategies to increase screening in LGBTQ+ communities.



Summit 2
Harnessing the Power of Innovation to Improve Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 1:00-4:00pm ET
(Summit #2 Agenda

Speakers will cover several innovations currently in use or with novel applications in early detection and how the use of those methods may advance improvements in screening. Breakout groups will discuss organizations’ successful work in cervical and colorectal cancer, how to prepare communities for multi-cancer early detection (MCED) testing, and current research into digital health applications for cancer screening.


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.


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. The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients below. 

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.
  News release  
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.
(posthumous award)
  News release  
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.
  Advocacy Brian Hummell
  Special Award for Community Service Gina M. Villani, M.D., M.P.H.
2016 National Leadership James Hotz, M.D.
  Advocacy Anjee Davis
  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.
  Advocacy Susan Shinagawa
2009 Innovative Programs Diane Dwyer, M.D.
  National Leadership Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H.
  Advocacy Joe Arite
2008 International Leadership Joseph Sung, M.D.
  National Leadership Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.
  Advocacy Anita Mitchell
2007 Innovative Programs Claudia Christensen, R.N., F.N.P., C.G.R.N.
  National Leadership David Lieberman, M.D.
  Advocacy Amy Kelly
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.
  Advocacy Cindy Iverson
  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

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:

  • Keep the field of cancer screening and prevention stakeholders up to date on research, policy, practice and programs.
  • Disseminate timely and cutting-edge evidence-based information.
  • Provide energizing opportunities for networking.

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:

Annual National Conference

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. 

Dialogue for Action/Prevent Cancer Dialogue Colorectal Screening Projects in Indian Country

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:

  • Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (now Great Plains)
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)
  • Black Hills Center for American Indian Health
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Kaw Nation
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
  • Michigan Intertribal Council
  • Texas Gulf Coast American Indian Alaska Native Project
  • Urban Indian Health Institute

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.             

State-Level Prevent Cancer Foundation Dialogue

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:

  • Arizona/New Mexico
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

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:

  • Primary Care Physicians (Internists, Family Physicians, Osteopaths)
  • Medical Specialists (Obstetrician/Gynecologists, Gastroenterologists, Dermatologists, Surgeons, Radiologists)
  • 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
  • Health Agency Staff on Federal, State and County levels
  • Staff of Non-Profit Health Organizations
  • Third-Party Payers

Support the Prevent Cancer Dialogue

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

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


Special thanks to the 2023 Dialogue supporters!




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