Welcome Georgia Hodge to our Board of Directors!
We are pleased to announce that Georgia Hodge (Cedar Falls) is the newest member of the Iowa Cancer Consortium Board of Directors.
Georgia shared the following last year when she ran:
“I would love to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Cancer Consortium. First and foremost, I have a passion to educate and support others about health issues in order for them to understand their bodies and to make informed medical decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and I took care of my mother who died from pancreatic cancer. Because I am a survivor and I was a caretaker, I understand what others may face as they enter these journeys. My personal experience will be an asset when making decisions about services that could be implemented to increase the quality of life that these individuals may face.
Because of my continued work in the community combined with my education would make me an asset to the board of directors. I will be able to bring a different perspective in addressing the needs and issues of targeted populations because I not only work with the community but I face many of the issues of many of the targeted populations. My continued work in the community would bring their voices of my community to the board when making decisions.
I look forward to being a member of the board of directors not only by being an asset but also to increase my knowledge.”
Former Board member Karen Van De Steeg recently resigned her position as secretary due to taking a job out-of-state. On behalf of the Iowa Cancer Consortium staff, board, and membership, we would like to thank Karen for her years of service and wish her luck in her new endeavor.
Following Karen’s resignation, the Board voted to appoint Gabbi DeWitt into the open secretary position and Georgia Hodge (Cedar Falls) into the resulting open at-large seat.
Welcome Georgia! And, we look forward to seeing what her leadership can bring to our organization.
2018 Iowa Cancer Summit
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit! The Summit will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa September 24-25.
Keynotes: Senator Tom Harkin and Shonta Chambers
We have the pleasure to welcome Senator Tom Harkin, a proponent of cancer care and research, as our Day 1 keynote. His commitment to supporting biomedical research has been recognized by organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI).
As a young senator, Tom was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. He knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. What emerged from that process would later become his signature legislative achievement — The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Shonta Chambers is a seasoned public health professional whose career spans more than 15 years’ experience in chronic disease prevention, health promotion and women’s health. Currently, she serves as Executive Vice President-Health Equity and Community Engagement for the Patient Advocate Foundation. Her work involves identification and formation of strategic partnerships with local and national organizations to create linkages directly from specific communities and supports to assist persons with chronic conditions mitigate financial, social and logistical access to care barriers.
Shonta has served on a variety of boards, workgroups, councils, committees and taskforces, including, the American Heart/American Stroke Association, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, CDC Advisory Council for Breast Cancer and Young Women, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the CDC Expert Working Group “Role of Public Health in Screening Programs in an Era of Healthcare Reform”, DHHS Office of Minority Health Region III Health Equity Council and the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Roundtable.
Registration is now open! Go our 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit webpage to find the agenda and to register!
Last day to register at the normal rates is Sunday, September 16, 2018. Late registration will result in a $20 late fee. Registration officially closes on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Rooms have been reserved for September 23rd and 24th at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2402 SE Tones Drive, Ankeny IA 50021. Please call 515-965-2400 and request to book under the Iowa Cancer Summit. The room rate is $104.00. Deadline to reserve at this rate is September 1, 2018.
Sponsorship and Exhibiting
You can help make the Iowa Cancer Summit what it is by becoming a sponsor. You help us bring top-notch speakers, great networking and premium learning opportunities to Iowans working to reduce the burden of cancer in our state.
Iowa Cancer Consortium Vice President Talks of Recent Bicycle Accident
Dr. Richard Deming, Vice President of the Iowa Cancer Consortium Board of Directors, was injured in a bicycle accident on July 7, 2018. Recently, Dr. Deming has appeared on Iowa Public Radio and been interviewed by the Des Moines Register regarding “almost dying.”
Quitline 101 and Ask, Advise, Refer
If you are a health care provider, check out these great resources from the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding Quitline Iowa and the Fax Referral Process.
Quitline 101: This training reviews services offered by Quitline Iowa, as well as what to expect when referring patients.
Addressing Tobacco Use Using 2As and an R: This CME and CE-certified activity addresses how to use the brief ask, advise and refer intervention with all patients who use tobacco.