Moffitt hosts 5th Annual Cancer, Culture & Literacy Conference

May 17, 2006

Tampa, FL - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the University of South Florida College of Medicine are jointly sponsoring the 5th biennial conference on Cancer, Culture & Literacy: Solutions for Addressing Health Disparities through Community Partnerships, May 18-20, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach. Dr. M. Rory Francois, Secretary of Health, State of Florida will be the keynote speaker on May 20.

The overall goal of the conference is to:

• Illustrate the nexus of cancer, culture and literacy when developing cancer communications, programs and research.

• Address principles of community based participatory processes for developing sustainable cancer communications and research.

• Highlight the use of innovative and emerging technologies in cancer education and health promotion among diverse populations to create effective communications and research interventions.

• Explore the use of mixed methodologies including community based participatory research in cancer prevention and control research.

• Examine strategies for facilitating the application of research evidence for culturally, linguistically and literacy relevant cancer communications.

• Apply the integration of relevant cancer communication to adult education endeavors.

•Explore innovative dissemination and diffusion strategies at the community level in consideration of culture and literacy.

The intended audience for this conference includes health educators, nurses, physicians, researchers, anthropologists, social workers, patient advocates, students/trainees, policy-makers, adult education and health literacy specialists and other health professionals and lay persons involved in cancer care.


In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.