MCC Members in Action

As its programs and services addressing financial toxicity among cancer patients continue to grow, New Day Foundation for Families celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new office space in Rochester, Michigan that was made possible through donations to the organization.  The ribbon cutting had over 50 attendees, including the mayor of Rochester Hills, Bryan K. Barnett. Read full press release.
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Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Reaches $500,000 in Research Grants Awarded in Michigan. Read full press release.
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Connie Szczepanek of Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan is the recipient of the ASCO Partners in Progress Award. This award honors a person involved in patient advocacy activities that impact public awareness about cancer, its causes, cures, or treatment, or, activities that result in additional support either legislatively or fiscally for cancer research, treatment, prevention, or care.
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Karmanos Cancer Institute
recognizes its 2018 Heroes of Cancer including former MCC board members Ann Schwartz, PhD, and Teri Albrecht, PhD., as well as Hiam Hamade from ACCESS. Read more...
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Effective treatment for patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer may not require the removal of their bladder, according to findings by researchers from Beaumont Health. Read more...
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West Michigan Cancer Center and Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) named Bridget VandenBussche as interim executive director. Read more...
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The Detroit Free Press published an article written by Haley Thompson, associate center director of community outreach and engagement at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, that discusses racial equity in health care. Read article...
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The 2018 MCC Inspiration Award winner, Erika Lojko, was recently recgonized in the news for all of the work she has done as a cncer survivor and patient advocate for cancer prevention and surivor ship. Read more...
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Catherine's Health Center
received a $90,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM for the coming year. The grant supports our Live Heart Smart suite of programs- innovative, community-based programming to improve cardiovascular health among the underserved in greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. We're one of eleven funded programs nation-wide, and will be mentoring two newly-funded organizations with launching and managing their programs successfully. More information can be found here.
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Hiam Hamade, from ACCESS Community Health Center, was honored at the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Heroes of Cancer Event, which recognizes individuals and organizations that inspire and raise awareness of cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship; and who help advance cancer research.
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At its fall conference, the Michigan Physical Therapy Association Oncology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, honored Deb Doherty through the establishment of the Deborah Doherty Oncology Rehabilitation Excellence Award which recognizes excellence in Oncology Rehabilitation, Education, Clinical Practice, Research and Service.
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Karen Kaashoek, from Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids, took part in the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Roadmap to Health Equity committee meeting in Nevada. Karen presented on the process for data management and analysis for Catherine’s Live Heart Smart suite of programs, funded by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM. This presentation helped other free and charitable clinics learn best practices for tracking, assessing, and improving equity through data utilization. More about the initiative ...
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Catherine’s Health Center is awarded a grant from Susan G Komen Michigan to provide women’s breast health education and services to underserved women. Read further...
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Henry Ford Health System receives gift to fight pancreatic cancer. Read further...
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U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
receives large gift  to support innovative cancer research and develop the next generation of cancer researchers.
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MCC Board member, Thomas Lanni, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn effective March 12, 2018. He will oversee daily operations for the entire Dearborn division. Congratulations!
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The Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition recently purchased its own inflatable colon to be used as a community education tool. Read further...
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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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