Florida Health Disparities Summit set for Moffitt Cancer Center Feb. 5-6

February 01, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Health Equity Research Institute (HERI), W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) are hosting the Florida Health Disparities Summit:  Strengthening Research Collaborations in Personalized Medicine, Social Determinants and Community Engagement on Feb. 5-6 at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

The summit seeks to foster interactions among Florida researchers, physicians, students and community leaders with the goal of creating long-term partnerships to reduce and eliminate health disparities. Distinguished faculty from leading institutions in Florida and around the country will share information regarding research, advocacy and funding opportunities targeting the elimination of health disparities. Notable speakers include Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, founding partner at Pinkie Hugs, LLC, and 17-year ovarian cancer survivor and advocate; Dr. Bill Dalton, CEO of M2GEN and former CEO of the Moffitt Cancer Center; and Dr. Richard Scribner, MD, MPH, from the LSU Health School of Medicine. 

Topics include:

  •          General Perspectives on Personalized Medicine
  •          The Science of Collaboration and Team Science
  •          Prostate Cancer Care and Survivorship (CaPCaS) Project
  •          Florida Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP)
  •          Science of Advocacy and Community Engagement

Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease and adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States. Florida is increasingly one of the most diverse states in the U.S. With this diversity comes a higher incidence of disease burden from those in the ethnic/racial emerging majority and from rural, socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved backgrounds. These Floridians—emerging ethnic/racial majority, rural, low-income and medically underserved—often carry a higher disease burden than other groups, including age adjusted higher proportions of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and other cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, and infant mortality, among many others.

The summit is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

WHERE: Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33612-9416. Free valet parking is available at the Gold Valet area.

Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME)
The National Medical Association, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category Credits™. The number of CME credits will be determined based on the final agenda.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About The Cobb Institute
The National Medical Association (NMA) established the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute (Cobb Institute) to develop, evaluate, and implement strategies to promote wellness and eliminate health disparities and racism in medicine. The Cobb Institute conducts data-driven research, makes policy recommendations where appropriate, and serves as a resource for NMA members and the greater healthcare community. It is the preeminent repository of information about the health of African Americans.

About the SNMA
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was founded in 1964 as a sub-division of the National Medical Association (NMA), largely through the effort and support of W. Montague Cobb, MD, an NMA member (and, later, NMA President), who spearheaded the initiative to include medical students in the association's ranks. NMA recognized the need to give active support to medical students and encourage them in the pursuit of careers as physicians. The SNMA's founding chapters were Meharry Medical College and Howard University College of Medicine. 

About HERI
HERI was established to implement the recommendations from the Health Disparities Research Agenda. The need for HERI arises from the lack of large multi-university, multi-disciplinary efforts to improve health in these populations. The overall purpose of HERI is to implement the HDR Agenda for Florida through proactive collaborations among academic institutions, health care providers, government organizations, community-based organizations and funding organizations.