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NJ Cancer Prevention Summit

Course Code: EP0702HA15

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Date, Time & Location

Last Held: Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:00am - 4:15pm (Check in time: 8:00am)

Pines Manor
2085 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway)
Edison, NJ 08817

As a value-add for participants, we have made conference materials available in the Agenda section of this webpage. The names of those speakers who have provided permission to share their presentations are hyperlinked to the corresponding presentation materials, which can be downloaded in PDF format. Any missing presentations are the result of individual presenters not wishing to share their materials in a public forum.


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Description & Agenda

The Cancer Prevention Summit is an ideal opportunity to gather key cancer prevention, care and treatment stakeholders and continue the progression of moving from treatment of disease as the primary focus to the enhancement of health through health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

The agenda for this event will be as follows:


Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking



  • Monique Howard, EdD, MPH, Executive Director, New Jersey Office on Women's Health, New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention


Overview of Cancer in New Jersey


Emerging Topics: E-Cigarettes

  • Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers University

Keynote Address - Cancer Control: Past, Present and Future

  • Otis Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Introduced by: Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS, Chair, Governor's Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey


Physical Activity Break


Panel Discussion: Putting Prevention into Practice

Moderator: Generosa Grana, MD, FACS, Cooper University Health Care


Buffet Luncheon


Overview of Current NJDOH Cancer Prevention Initiatives

  • Mary O'Dowd, MPH, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Introduced by: Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health


  • Monique Howard, EdD, MPH, Executive Director, New Jersey Office on Women's Health, New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention




Concurrent Workshop Sessions

These workshop sessions will run concurrently from 2:00-3:00pm and 3:15-4:15pm. There will be a physical activity break between sessions. Please make sure to select two workshops when you register (one for each time slot). Click on the workshop titles to view details.

1A/1B. Increasing Screening Rates Among Vulnerable Populations

Moderator: Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, Community Partner with the Jordan and Harris Community Health Center, Rutgers School of Nursing

Panel Members:

Presenters will identify and apply strategies to increase screening rates among vulnerable populations and the availability, access and use of evidence-based interventions for prevention in cancer/chronic diseases through promotion and referral.

2A/2B. Healthy Eating and Active Living

Moderator: Pauline Thomas, MD, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University

Panel Members:

  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP, Coordinator, Safe Routes to School Program, NJ Department of Transportation
  • Charles Brown, MPA, NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center
  • Janet Heroux, MHS, MPA, Prevention Specialist, New Jersey Department of Health

This session will cover strategies highlighting healthy eating and active living and the work presently underway in New Jersey in these areas. Access to healthy food and opportunities to be physically active are critical policy issues to address key risk factors for many chronic diseases, including cancer. Learn about policy and environmental change focusing on obesity prevention with some of our important, non-traditional partners.

3A/3B. Reaching NJ Smokers: Improving Practice Outcomes and Changing the Landscape of Smoking Norms

Moderator: Lewis E. Foxhall, Vice President, Health Policy, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Panel Members:

The panel will provide current information on tobacco from a population level with a focus on remaining US smokers and disparity groups. A discussion of standardizing tobacco screening and treatment in a system wide model by implementing Ask, Advise & Refer: Brief intervention to increase screening rates and cessation referrals. Information will be provided on The Office of Tobacco Control - Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey’s outdoor air initiative aimed at decreasing active smoking in public parks and recreational areas.

1) Increase knowledge on the remaining US smokers and disparity groups
2) Recognize the need to implement and increase use of CDC’s evidence based best practice; Ask, Advise, and Refer
3) Identify statewide resources for smoking cessation
4) Discuss NJ’s clean outdoor air initiative and learn about statewide resources to increase smoke free outdoor air

4A/4B. Patient-Centered Medical Homes Role in Addressing Prevention

Moderator: Fran Gallagher, Med, Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Panel Members:

A discussion on the components of a chronic care - care coordination model utilized throughout the lifespan. A discussion on provider strategies and how to make an impact at the practice level when a patient/family presents for chronic care services.

5A/5B. Utilizing Partnerships to Promote and Develop Prevention Programs

Moderator: Roslyn Council, MSW, Acting Program Management Officer, Office of Cancer Control & Prevention, Office of Rural Health, NJCEED Program, Community Health & Wellness Unit, Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health

Panel Members:

  • Debra A. Levinson, MPA, FACHE, Regional Director, Ocean-Monmouth Health Alliance
  • Jerod Stapleton, PhD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Speakers will focus on how limited resources and new partnerships were created and utilized to implement a prevention and early detection strategy (Choose Your Cover), free skin cancer education and screenings at the beach. Discussion will include how to build capacity and leverage your successes to implement additional projects. Further, the development and preliminary testing of a web-based prevention program designed to reduce the use of indoor tanning beds among young adult women will be described. The panel will also discuss the process of integrating feedback from the target audience in the development of the program and in the program evaluation.




Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 5.75 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NURSING CREDITS are currently pending approval.


There is no charge for this program; however, pre-registration is required.

Substitutions are permitted.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Director: Rosemary Mende, 848-932-7643

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.