Past Events

Genetic Testing and Counseling Webinar

In collaboration with CURE®, the Partnership invites you to join us online for the Educated Patient® Webinar: Empowering Patients to Understand Cancer Genetic Testing and Counseling on Thursday, May 27 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. RSVP today to hear from an expert panel of RI-based professionals and a patient who will discuss the importance of genetic testing and counseling for patients. Participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live by the panel.


Topics for discussion include:

  • Understanding family history and when genetic testing might be needed

  • What one can expect from cancer genetic counseling

  • Feeling empowered by understanding your genetics with testing and counseling

  • Recent developments and advancements in cancer genetic testing

The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, principal sponsor of the Educated Patient® Webinar: Empowering Patients to Understand Cancer Genetic Testing and Counseling, is pleased to offer this educational opportunity to the cancer community in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Women & Infants Hospital, and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

Transfeminine Gender-Affirming Surgery Panel


Thundermist’s Trans Health Access Team will host a private virtual group discussion for transfeminine individuals considering gender-affirming surgical procedures. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear from community members who will share their experiences with choosing a surgeon, outcomes, and recovery.  

We will discuss surgical procedures generally pursued by some individuals who are transfeminine — an umbrella term we use to include transgender women, non-binary people, and gender diverse people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB). These procedures include breast augmentation (top surgery), vaginoplasty (bottom surgery), facial femininization surgery (FFS), among others. 

This private discussion is open only to transfeminine individuals and gender diverse people who were assigned male at birth, as well as their guests (i.e. partner, friend, parent, and other people who would help with surgical recovery). 

Let’s Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Survivorship

You are invited to a webinar to learn more about a new resource for health care providers. The webinar will be on January 19, 2021, from 2:00-3:00 pm EST. In collaboration with CDC, The American Cancer Society has created a CME-accredited training simulation called Let’s Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Survivorship, to give healthcare providers a safe learning environment in which to practice effective communication techniques for discussions with cancer survivors around the sensitive topics of healthy eating, physical activity, and body weight.


Excess body weight is a risk to cancer survivors, and physical activity and a healthy diet are important for their long-term health and well-being. Health care providers can be key motivators in giving patients the extra support they need to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals, however, talking with survivors about these sensitive topics can be challenging.

The training uses evidence-based motivational interviewing techniques to help providers have effective conversations with their patients about healthy lifestyle choices.


Please join us to learn more about this valuable resource from the American Cancer Society. The webinar will include:

  • Information on the connection between nutrition, activity, body weight, and health outcomes in cancer survivors

  • A demonstration of the training simulation and how to access it

  • Roll-out of a new communication toolkit with turn-key messages and promotional language that ACS staff and partner organizations can use to promote and disseminate the new training simulation

Equality in the Air We Breathe: COVID-19, HIV, Smoking and the Black Community

A new webinar by the Human Rights Campaign, Us Helping Us - People into Living, Inc, and the National LGBT Cancer Network taking place on January 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST. Learn about the interaction between COVID-19, smoking & HIV and strategies to enhance cessation efforts in HIV+ individuals.

ONS Zoominar

ONS is offering a webinar on December 10, 2020 on Side Effects of Immunotherapy for the non oncology nurse who cares for oncology patients. Oncology nurses are also invited to sign up for this webinar with 1 CEU. Please share with any non oncology nurses who care for oncology patients


The American Lung Association is holding its first ever nationwide, virtual expo. Its program for healthcare professionals will be taking place on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:15pm EST. Respiratory therapists, nurses, community health educators and other lung health professionals are encouraged to join to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory issues. To learn more about this event visit here.

2020 ACS CAN Rhode Island Research Breakfast

ACS CAN is holding its 7th Annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast on November 13, 2020 virtually from 12:00-1:30pm. This year the discussion will highlight the ground breaking strides seen in cancer treatment and care in Rhode Island, featuring a panel of experts that will highlight the impacts of innovation in the health care sector. To learn more about this event visit here.

Reigniting Research

Survey: Coronavirus Health Care Delays and Anxiety Persist for Cancer Patients and Survivors Months Into Pandemic

The public is invited to join Reigniting Research: A Call to Action to Advance Cancer Research and Innovation on October 26, 2020 where Dr. Sharpless will join Congresswoman Pressley, Lt. Governor Polito and leaders from business, health care and life sciences to discuss current challenges and actions needed to reignite cancer research in the face of COVID-19. To join this free virtual discussion, please visit:

Fall Quarterly Meeting

Dear Members:

The Partnership extends a warm welcome to attend our upcoming Fall Quarterly Meeting, taking place on October 7th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.


Our featured speaker is Dr. Karen Kayser, LaRocca Endowed Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Dr. Kayser specializes in psychosocial oncology and is nationally recognized as leader in this field. She is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.


We look forward to seeing you!


Megan Daniel, Administrator for Community Partnerships
Joseph Dziobek, Director
CC: Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI Board of Directors

Gloria Gemma's Passport to Survivorship

The annual Passport to Survivorship as part of Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's Flames of Hope celebration will take place on Saturday October 3, 2020. This health and wellness expo is free to cancer survivors and the general public. To learn more, check out their website here.

Joint Advocacy Day


The American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are joining up to hold a joint advocacy day on Wednesday February 26, 2019 at the RI Statehouse from 2:30-4:30pm. This event will focus on top tobacco evidence-based policies and will allow these organization's partners to advocate as one to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and vaping. There will also be time to meet with your legislators on the chambor floor. Youth are welcomed but age 13+ is recommended. There is no cost to participate. 

The Partnership Quarterly Meeting A Success!


On Wednesday evening, December 11, eighteen members of The Partnership braved snowy roads and the cold to come together at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work to learn about the history of The Partnership, it’s current priorities, and to hear a very informative presentation by Junhie Oh, BDS, MPH, Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, RIDOH. Ms. Oh’s presentation focused on the variance in survival rates for different types of cancers and variables such as age, sex, and race over time. To view the presentation in its entirety, please click the link: Junhie Oh RI Cancer Report.


Guests were treated to a light dinner and hot cider and hot chocolate in keeping with the holiday spirit. There was an ice breaker prior to the presentations to give attendees an opportunity to become acquainted with one another. Linda Dziobek, RN and a 15- year survivor of ovarian cancer and Jim Willsey, Director of Spiritual Care for Chartercare and Board Chair, provided the overview of the Partnership from 2007 to the present. The meeting opened with a welcome by Warren L. Miller, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work at Rhode Island College and Board Treasurer and a brief outline of the School, its enrollees and past
alumni, noting that Joseph Dziobek, The Partnership Director was a member of the initial class of 1979. The Partnership would like to thank Warren Miller and Acting Dean Jay Nimmagadda, for making the atria at the School available and Eileen Ryan, who helped Joe make the food and beverage selections and arranged for room set-up and audio-visual equipment. Lastly, thank you to C. Kelly Smith, the CCCP administrator and Junhie Oh from the RIDOH who provided us with valuable information that will aid us in our education and advocacy efforts.

Happy holidays to all from: Joe, Brian, Megan and the Board.

Save the date! Next Quarterly Meeting March 10 details to follow.

Trans Thanksgiving

Thundermist Health Center's Trans Wellness Program is hosting a trans thanksgiving for the trans community. It is a great opportunity to get together with old and new friends, and reflect on what there is to be thankful for this year. There will be vegan and gluten free options as well.  

2019 HARI Annual Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th from 8-10AM at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick for the Hospital Association of RI (HARI) annual meeting. HARI will be presenting their 2019 award winners and there will be a keynote presentation by Andrew Shin. 


The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Expo provides the latest trends in research and current resources for lung cancer, COPD, and other chronic lung diseases. This program greatly benefits patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers who are surrounded by lung disease. 

This year, The Partnership will exhibit at the event in the hopes to further strengthen our relationship with our partner and expand our understanding of lung disease outside of lung cancer. 

Partnership Exhibits at “Avenues of Healing, Transcending Tragedy”

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On Saturday, October 12, the Partnership was an exhibitor at the “Avenues of  Healing: Transcending Tragedy” presented by the Lifespan Cancer Institute and Lifespan Community Health Institute. Keynote speaker, Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE gave an inspiring talk about her own breast cancer treatment and philosophy of living life to the fullest after a devastating diagnosis. Pictured here is Joe Dziobek, Director of the Partnership with Ana C. Almeida DoRosario, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Lifespan Community Health Institute (LCHI) and Angela Hall Jones, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals for the American Cancer Society, (ACS) Inc. Northeast Region. The Partnership has a close working relationship with the LCHI having conducted Skin Checks on seven beaches this summer in collaboration with the LCHI. The Partnership has also collaborated with the ACS on numerous occasions, most recently of which was Joe’s roundtrip ride from Snug Harbor to Watch Hill and back raising over $3,000 as part of the “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraising campaign.

2019 CTC-RI Annual Conference

The Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC-RI) aims to transform primary care in the state via an integrative healthcare system that consists of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). These models focus on prevention, wellness, and treatment.

The Partnership is proud to be part of their annual conference this fall, to learn more about effective primary care strategies to best meet patient needs and to educate about our role in the primary care system. 

Providers, Nurse Care Managers, Care Coordinators, Behavioral Health Staff, Medical Assistants, and Community Health Workers are encouraged to join us! 

Avenues of Healing

You’re invited...

to an enjoyable and educational morning about breast cancer and survivorship,

Avenues of Healing: Transcending Tragedy

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Main Ballroom, Warwick, RI


Keynote Presentation by Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE. Author, board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, and breast cancer survivor. Sheri Prentiss addresses Transcending 

Tragedy—life after breast cancer and living life to the fullest after a devastating diagnosis. 


Simultaneous translation will be offered in Spanish. 

Passport to Survivorship

The Gloria Gemma Passport to Survivorship at the Flames of Hope is a free health and wellness expo open to cancer patients, survivors, and the general public. The event will run on October 5th, from 8am to 3pm at the RI Convention Center. In addition to the interactive exhibits, keynote speakers, and presenters, the Partnership will be back with their partners for another skin check from 10:30am to 1:00pm!

RI Ovarian Cancer Alliance 5K Run/Walk 

Ovarian cancer affects less than 1% of the population but is one of the deadliest cancers, with women most often diagnosed in Stages III and IV.  Funding for research and treatment options pales in comparison with funding for other types of cancers such as breast and lung cancer. The Partnership was proud to be an exhibitor at the RI Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s 4th annual walk/run event on September 22 and was also pleased to speak with survivors about a national program which is being implemented locally on six university campuses entitled: “Survivors Teaching Students” (STS).  Seven women signed up at the event to become volunteer STS presenters. 

RI State Arts and Health Plan

The RI Department of Health and RI State Council on the Arts partnered to develop a State Arts and Health Plan that focuses on integration of art and health in Rhode Island. The State Plan follows policy, practice, and research recommendations that will be implemented by stakeholders to effect change among 5 areas including: 

  • Patient Care

  • Education

  • Community Well-Being

  • Healing Environments

  • Care for Caregivers

The Partnership is pleased to have joined this initiative and welcome you to join us at the State Plan release in September. 

JAF Night @ the PawSox


Come join me and my wife Linda at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, August 3rd at 5:30 to watch the PawSox play Rochester and support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation at the same time! A portion of the ticket sales will go to the JAF which gives grants to families who are in need of assistance due to the cost of cancer care.  Joe and Jen Andruzzi presented on the topic of the financial burden of cancer at our recent June Summit.