The summit convenes survivors and leaders within medicine, research, government industry and the community to address policy and medical issues towards eliminating the
prostate cancer racial disparity. 

Summit Agenda

Thursday, September 21st
United States Capitol Building 
Visitor Center
Room: HVC 201AB
First St., NE
Washington, DC 20515 

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Summit Opening Proceedings

Welcome:   Mr. Robbie Robinson
PHEN Network
Boston, MA

Opening Statement:      Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
President and Founder
Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
Boston, MA
Opening Remarks:        Congressman Donald McEachin
New Jersey (D – 10)
National Medical Association
                                        Washington, DC
9:30 AM – 12 Noon: Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials - PHEN’s Rally Update and Next Steps

PHEN launched its "Clinical Trials Rally" in January 2017 to increase the number of African American men participating in prostate cancer clinical trails. The first phase is to raise the level of knowledge and awareness about clinical trials through PHEN's monthly webcasts, educational symposiums, and the clinical trials web-portal. This session will provide an update on the results of these activities and explore next steps and strategies with industry and government partners.

             Mr. Terence Afer-Anderson
                      PHEN Network
                  Norfolk, VA
Moderator:                   J. Jacques Carter, M.D., M.P.H.
                  PHEN Medical Advisor
                  Harvard Medical School
                  Boston, MA
                 Gary L. Taylor, M.D.
                 Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Rally
                 Prostate Health Education Network, Inc.
                 Boston, MA

                 Gwendolyn Shang, M.D.
                 Director of Medical Affairs
                 Pfizer, Inc.
                 San Francisco, CA
       Ms. Gissoo DeCotiis
       Deputy Director, Oncology Advocacy Relations
       Bayer Healthcare
       New York, NY

       Martin Mendoza, Ph.D. 
       Health Program Coordinator, Office of Minority Health
       FDA, Office of the Commissioner
       Silver Spring, MD
                CAPT, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
                Medical Officer
                Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group (COPTRG)
                National Institutes of Health
                Rockville, MD
      Associate Director of the Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellowship Program
      National Cancer Institute
      Bethesda, MD

      Diane St. Germain, RN, MS
      Nurse Consultant/Program Director
      Community Oncology & Prevention Trials Research Group
      National Cancer Institute
      Rockville, MD

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Understanding the Current Prostate Cancer Treatment Paradigm

Active surveillance, genomic testing, immunotherapy and advanced disease therapies have all reached a level of maturity and acceptance over the past five years. This session will review how these developments have changed the prostate cancer treatment paradigm for high-risk men with an assessment on the potential impact for reducing the prostate cancer racial disparity. 

             Matthew Kinnard, Ph.D.
                                    PHEN Network

                                    Hyattsville, MD
Moderator:                 Artie L. Shelton, M.D.
      U.S. Army Colonel, Retired
      PHEN Network Regional Coordinator
      Olney, MD
     Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
     Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
     Vice-Chair, NCCN Prostate Cancer Guidelines
     Boston, MA
     Director, Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle
     Cedars Sinai Hospital
     Los Angeles, CA

2:40 PM – 4:00 PM: The Treatment Cost Factor and Its Impact

Cancer patients are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people without cancer according to reports. The newer prostate cancer treatments are costly and a recent study showed that black men considered the cost of prostate cancer treatment to be very important by a margin of 2 to 1 compared to white men. This session will focus on how the cost of treatments is impacting access by African American men and explore what actions can be taken.

Introduction:             Mr. Lawrence Davis
      PHEN Network
     Newport News, VA

Moderator:                Golden Bethune-Hill, R.N.
     Executive Director and Founder
     The Community Free Clinic 
     Hampton, VA
     Associate Director of Education
     University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Institute
     Chapel Hill, NC
     Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
     Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
     Philadelphia, PA

     Ms. Ellen Ivey
     National Advocacy Director
     Janssen Oncology
     Owing Mills, MD

     Ms. Michelle Johnson

     President Cancer Support Community Cincinnati & N. Kentucky
     Cincinnatti, OH

      Ms. Cathy Wiblemo
     Associate Director
     Policy and Government Affairs
     Vietnam Veterans of America

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Closing Remarks

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Networking Reception


Friday, September 22nd
Washington Convention Center
Room: 144 - C
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001


A session of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
Hosted by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Opening Remarks and Presentations

Welcome:  Mr. O’Dell Lewis
                       PHEN Network
                   Oncology Patient Navigator
                   Kingston, Jamaica
Opening Statement:      Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
President and Founder
Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
Boston, MA
Remarks:                       Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY)
                                        Member, Congressional Black Caucus

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Prostate Cancer Screening In Black America – A Responsible Approach

The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force has changed its PSA screening recommendation from being against screening for all men to recommending that certain men be informed about the potential benefits and risks so they can make an informed decision. This session will address the impact of the Task Force's new recommendation and explore what should be encompassed within a responsible prostate cancer early detection-screening program for African American men.

Introduction:                Mr. Azell Martin
                                      PHEN Network
                                      Boston, MA
Moderator:                  J. Jacques Carter, M.D., M.P.H.
       PHEN Medical Advisor
       Harvard Medical School
                                     Boston, MA


                                     Walter Rayford, Ph.D.
       Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine
       University of Tennessee
       East Memphis, TN

      Rodney Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S.
      Professor and Chair
      Department of Urology
      University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
      Little Rock, AR

     Pamela Coleman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
     Interim Chief of Urology
     Howard University Hospital
     Washington, D.C. 

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Educating and Mobilizing Black Communities on Prostate Cancer

This session will focus on faith-based education and awareness initiatives aimed at mobilizing African American communities in the fight against prostate cancer. We will review and highlight PHEN's 2017 educational symposia and Father's Day Rally with a discussion of PHEN plans and strategies for 2018.

Moderator:           Adrian Backus, J.D., M.Div.
Director, Partnership Development & Outreach

Enon Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church
Pittsboro, NC
                              Deacon Donald Chambers 
The St. Paul’s Baptist Church 
Richmond, VA
                              Garret Davis Production
                              Winston Salem, NC

11:45 AM – 12 Noon: Summit Closing Remarks

                  Edith Mitchell, M.D., F.A.C.P. 
                  Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
                  Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at 
                  Thomas Jefferson University
                  Philadelphia, PA

                  Mr. Thomas A. Farrington 
                            President and Founder
                            Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
                            Boston, MA

                           Deacon Raymond Fuller, Jr. 
                 PHEN Network
                 Boston, MA

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