ATLANTA, April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlanta-based nonprofit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will host the third in a series of four virtual forums addressing the subject of "Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Survivorship," one week from today on Wednesday, April 21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. ET.
"The goal in hosting this series of virtual forums is to discuss the magnitude and causes of racial disparity in breast cancer survivorship and propose solutions to improve health equity," said Dr. Marilyn Pink, Executive Director at TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. "This particular forum our focus will involve looking at national strategies for change. We have been so pleased by the participation, interest, and dialogue from the first two forums held in October and February, respectively."
Significant short and long-term physical and emotional consequences of breast cancer reduce quality of life for all breast cancer patients. Black women experience a higher incidence of these issues. Rehabilitation and exercise significantly reduce these issues, increase quality of life, and decrease breast cancer recurrence, but very few women and men receive this care. The lack of access to specialized breast cancer rehabilitation care is magnified in minority patients, resulting in even greater health inequity.
Dr. Sheryl G. Gabram, MD, MBA, FACS – Chief Scientific Officer, Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education in Atlanta, will serve as the event's moderator.
Panelists for this forum will include the following experts:
*Lorraine Dean, Scd – Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
*Dawnovise Fowler, PHD, LMSW – Lead Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention at CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
*Nicole L. Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA – Research Assistant Professor, West Virginia University Cancer Institute
The audience for this forum includes physicians, rehabilitation professionals and other providers working in the oncology field, as well as stakeholders in health equity and breast cancer survivorship.
Sponsors and partners include the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), Henssler Financial, Alice Stubblefield Memorial Sponsorship, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center, Champions for Change Sponsorship, JScreen, Educata, Georgia CORE (Center for Oncology Research & Education), Atlanta Business Chronicle, Grady Health System, My Style Matters and Beyond the Ribbon.
There will be one additional forum on the subject, taking place Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with participants to be announced closer to the date.
About TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a nonprofit healthcare organization that improves the quality of life for individuals impacted by breast cancer by providing and advocating for specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation while eliminating socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and geographic barriers to care. Since it was founded in September 2003, there have been more than 40,000 patient visits.