MCC Members in Action

Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University are supporting in part, an inaugural Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Symposium: Building CEnR Networks to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. For more information...
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The CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) congratulated ACCESS Community Health & Research Center on their Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) achieving CDC Full Recognition.  This included the Full Evaluation Certificate and a letter of congratulations from Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the Division of Diabetes translation. Read further...
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Karmanos Cancer Institute
recently honored its 2017 Heroes of Cancer. “Heroes” included Elisabeth Heath, MD, Vernice Davis Anthony, RN, MPH, and Anthony Shields, MD, PhD – they are all heroes in the work of the MCC as well. Congratulations all! View complete list of honorees.
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At the Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting, Deb Doherty, PT, PhD, made the official motion and membership voted to create an "Oncology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group."  This signifies the importance of Oncology Rehabilitation as a specialty area.
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Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Association of American Cancer Institutes Board of Directors, effective October 15, 2017. View News Release
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Tsu-Yin Wu, PhD
, professor of nursing at Eastern Michigan University and director of the Healthy Asian Americans Project, has also worked in China to heighten awareness of the need for early breast cancer screenings. Read more of her story.
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Henry Ford Health System announces its Fall sessions for its Freedom From Smoking program
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The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) honored 2 Michigan individuals with its inaugural NCORP Outstanding Administrator Award at its annual meeting in late August. Congratulations to Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN, CCRP, Director, Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan and Beth LaVasseur, RN, BSN, MS, Director, Michigan Cancer Research Consortium on receiving this award.
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A Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) video
features MCC Board Member Pat Gavin, R.Ph. Gavin, a patient advocate for SU2C, provides the perspective of a cancer patient.
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Kent County Health Department
Honored for Excellence in Public Health – KCHD is 1 of only 3 in U.S. to Win Multiple Awards
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Dr. Lauren Hamel, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University, received a R21 research grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
This study is the first to use video-recorded oncology treatment discussions to systematically examine and compare the subtle and unconscious but meaningful nature of synchronous behavior in racially concordant (the patient and physician are the same race) and racially discordant (the patient and physician are different races) and how the extent of that synchrony contributes to racial disparities in cancer treatment. It will provide a nuanced understanding of why racial disparities in cancer treatment persist and the foundational data to develop interventions to reduce those disparities. This is especially critical for a city like Detroit, in which 82% of the population is Black.
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Connie Szczepanek, Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan, had an article featured in the Journal of Oncology Practice: Feasibility of a Centralized Clinical Trials Coverage Analysis: A Joint Initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Cancer Institute.
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Hayley Thompson, PhD, has received the inaugural Spirit of Community 2017 Faculty Engagement Award from Wayne State University.
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Catherine’s Health Center
has received a $35,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation
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Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University are receiving grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct the nation’s largest study (Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors – ROCS) of factors affecting African Americans with cancer. Ann G. Schwartz, PhD, MPH, and Terrance Albrecht, PhD, will lead the research.
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Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been appointed to Associate Center Director for Translational Sciences. See the press release
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West Michigan Cancer Center
is using exercise program, “Survivorcise,” to help cancer survivors recover.
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Catherine’s Health Center has received a $26,300 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Breast Cancer Awareness Program. See Press Release
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Beaumont Health
offers stage 4 breast cancer support group
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Ashley Mitchell, survivorship program manager with Mercy Health, discussed survivorship on WZZM 13.
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Justin Klamerus, M.D., has been appointed president of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Hospital, the clinical operation of Detroit's Karmanos Cancer Institute. Read more
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Max S. Wicha, MD,
director emeritus of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of two renowned researchers being recognized for their work in breast cancer by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held Dec. 6-10.
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Doug Arenberg, MD, associate professor, University of Michigan, discusses preliminary findings from a study regarding maintaining quality tobacco cessation practices.
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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s main campus in Detroit, along with the Farmington Hills campus have been designated Screening Centers of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
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Dr. Gitonga Munene, a West Michigan Cancer Center surgical oncologist , is featured in pancreatic cancer awareness day article.
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Dr. Elisabeth Heath was honored, on November 9, with the MCC inaugural Champion Award for 2016. Read more about Dr. Heath and the Champion Award.
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The Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan is hosting a 2016 Oncology Research Update on Friday, November 18. Read more about this Distinguished Lecture Series offering
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Sisters Network, Inc, with support from Sisters’ Detroit affiliate chapter, hosted the15th National African American Breast Cancer Conference in Detroit Oct. 21-23. Hundreds of African American breast cancer survivors attended the conference which served as a call to action for African American women from around the nation to put their breast health first.
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Dr. Lisa Newman, director of the Breast Cancer Center at Henry Ford Health System, has received a $600,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for Genetics Research.
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