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Past Events

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.  

A Coalition of Survivors, Caregivers, and Providers United Against Cancer
Prevention - Screening & Detection - Treatment - Survivorship

Quarterly Meeting

Dear Partnership Member:

You are cordially invited to attend a Quarterly meeting of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI. You will meet other cancer survivors, caregivers, and providers and learn about the ways in which The Partnership is working to improve quality of life for survivors and caregivers. There will also be a presentation by the RIDOH.

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Where: RI College School of Social Work
(Building 9 SSW) East Campus
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI
401-456-8042

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to jdziobek@prcri.org. Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Jim Willsey, Board Chair
Joe Dziobek, Director

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. If you are interested in attending, please register here

LUNG FORCE Expo

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. 

To register or learn more click here

2019 Skin Check Highlights

515

Total Number of People Screened

6

Total Number of People with Suspected Melanoma

50

Total Number of Recommended Biopsies

43

Total Number of People with Suspected Non-Melanoma

49

Total Number of Suspected Skin Cancers

48

Total Number of Suspected Precancers

Here are the results from our skin cancer screening events for this past summer. Click here to learn more about our screening program!

Partnership Exhibits at “Avenues of Healing, Transcending Tragedy”

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! For more information or to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-conference-advancing-integrated-primary-care-innovations-at-work-tickets-53451256146?aff=aff0eventful

Avenues of Healing

You’re invited...

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

Avenues of HealingTranscending 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 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. For more information about the program, contact Kelly Smith, Program Manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the RI Health Department, at ckellysmith@ridoh.gov or Megan Daniel, Coordinator of Community Health Projects at the Partnership, at mdaniel@prcri.org

Real Men Wear Pink Ride

On Saturday, September 21 I will be riding my bike accompanied by my neighbor Tony, from my home in Snug Harbor to Watch Hill and back a total of 56 miles. I chose to do this to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink Providence” campaign. The funds will be used to help fight breast cancer. Thus far I have received over $3,000 in contributions. The weather is predicted to be summer like so it should be a very pleasant ride as we pass a number of beaches along the way. The campaign runs thru the end of October so if you would like to support the campaign, please visit the website: crowdrise.com/Joe's-real-men-ride/ to view my profile and make a contribution.

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. For more information, please see below!

JAF Night @ the PawSox

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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.