August 2017 
Volume 8, Issue 8

The Together-Equitable-Accessible-Meaningful (TEAM) education program aims to improve the productivity of patient-provider interactions to promote equitable, accessible and patient-centered care that results in better health outcomes for those impacted by cancer. Health care organizations that provide cancer-related services are encouraged to apply to this training, which includes an online course, a two-day workshop and technical assistance in creating a quality improvement plan. To learn more and apply, please visit Applications must be submitted to by Tuesday, September 12

We are also recruiting diverse cancer patients/survivors to share their stories through focus groups and interviews about their cancer care experience. What cancer survivors tell us during these sessions will help us understand more about patients' communication and shared decision-making with their care team. Learn more and share recruiting materials with your networks. 

The work of the GW Cancer Center on evaluating cancer survivorship care models was recently featured at the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. The project used patient-centered measures to evaluate the effectiveness of three emerging models of survivorship care. Read more about the preliminary findings in the July issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship.

Did you miss our May Ask the Expert Session on Cancer Survivorship for Older Adults? Don't worry, we've got you covered with session summary notes and slides available for download. The session covered older cancer survivors' experiences and needs as well as promising practices to support this population, including patient navigation, integrative medicine and other tools and resources. 

Upcoming Events

8/30 Webinar: Health Information Data Sharing: HIPAA Facts and Fallacies -  Learn more and register

9/8-9/9 Event: American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs Conference: Creating a Culture of Quality-  Learn more and register

9/13 Webinar: Balancing Work and Cancer: Disclosure, Privacy and Online Brand -  Learn more and register

9/13 Event: Blueprint for Breakthroughs: Charting the Course for Precision Medicine - Learn more and register

10/27-10/28 Event: 4th Symposium on Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians - Learn more and register

11/16-11/19 Event: AONN+ Navigation and Survivorship Conference - Learn more and register

1/2/18-1/6/18 Event: Escape to Thrive: Encouraging and Sustaining Cancer Advocacy Programs and Efforts - Learn more and save the date
Resources for Health Care Professionals

Fact Sheet on U.S. Cancer Statistics - Provides an overview of the U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999-2014 Incidence and Mortality Web-Based Report. Learn more

Cancer Experience Registry Index Report 2017 - This report from Cancer Support Community provides information from its repository of clinical data from the Cancer Experience Registry (including 12,000 patients and caregivers of 45 cancer types). Learn more.

Archived Event: Cancer Survivorship: The Importance of Research - Features the GW Cancer Center's own patient advocate, Liza Fues, JD. Watch the archived event.

Steps for Increasing HPV Vaccination in Practice: An Action Guide to Implement Evidence-Based Strategies for Clinicians - This guide provides a toolkit, road map and portal to resources for providers interested in increasing HPV vaccination rates in their practice. Learn more.

Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers - No cost continuing education program to educate primary care providers about how to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting. Download an informational flyer or access the course.
What We're Reading

Health Affairs Blog -  Survivors of Breast Cancer Differ on Who Should Manage Follow-Up Care -  Read the  article  or abstract .

NPR - Widowed Early, a Cancer Doctor Writes About the Harm of Medical Debt -  Read the article or  research letter.

Kaiser Health News - Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Younger White Adults - and Falling Among Blacks  - Read the article or research letter.

Oncology Nurse Advisor - To Better Serve Patients with Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems  - Read the article.

Washington Post - Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America, CDC Finds - Read the article or report.
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