Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Seventh Biennial Cancer, Culture and Literacy Conference

May 11, 2010

Tampa, FL– Moffitt Cancer Center is hosting the 7th biennial conference on Cancer, Culture & Literacy,May 20-22, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa, Ph.D., professor and director of the City of Hope Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education will be the keynote speaker May 20.

          Ashing-Giwa studies how culture, ethnicity, ecological and systemic context influence health outcomes. She is a community-minded scientists guided by a biopsychosocial and eco-cultural paradigm. Her research assesses the influence of the biological (e.g., disease characteristics), psychological (personal characteristics), social (familial, support networks) and ecological (cultural; and micro-level e.g., work; and macro-systemic e.g., health care) factors on health outcomes among diverse ethnic and linguistic groups.

The overall goal of the conference is to:

  • Illustrate the nexus of cancer, culture and literacy when developing cancer communications, programs, and research across the cancer control continuum
  • Explore promising practices and research methods for cancer health disparities research
  • Explore culture and literacy measurement issues
  • Address principles of community-based participatory processes for developing sustainable cancer communications and research.
  • Highlight the use of innovative, promising practices in cancer education and health promotion among diverse populations to create effective communications and research interventions with an emphasis on cancer survivorship
  • Explore education models of cultural competency
  • Integrate cancer communication interventions into 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 healthcare professionals involved in creating effective culturally, linguistically and literacy relevant cancer communications, education, innovative materials/media, community interventions, programs and research. This may include researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, lay persons, community health workers and survivors.

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About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.