Author: Nicole Brandt

Towards Achieving Health Equity – ASPO’s 2022 Annual Meeting

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March 13-15, 2022
Marriott University Park, Tucson, Arizona

Communities of color, and people who are low-income, rural, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and Indigenous, among others, face disproportionate and inequitable cancer burdens. While advances in prevention and control research have led to improvements in cancer incidence and better survival from cancer overall, U.S. cancer inequities persist, and for some populations, gaps have widened over time. As highlighted in the 45th ASPO meeting in March 2021, there is an increasing acknowledgment for the impact of structural racism and discrimination as fundamental causes of these cancer inequities.

To further advance the productive discussions from the 2021 ASPO meeting, the theme of the 46thASPO meeting will be Towards Achieving Health Equity and will feature novel approaches to addressing cancer health inequities. The program committee was selected for their commitment and expertise in key areas of cancer health inequities. Working closely with the program committee, we organized a thought-provoking meeting to highlight emergent approaches and opportunities to address cancer inequities.

Four symposia are planned on the topics of:

  1. cancer interception: from concept to clinic
  2. innovations in patient navigation: what’s it going to take to achieve cancer equity?
  3. convergence epidemiology: bridging omics with social determinants and structural factors
  4. re-situating cancer control within public health and communities.

This year, we have also planned an additional panel discussion on institutional approaches for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and concurrent sessions on novel approaches of and bias considerations in using electronic health records data in cancer control research, and challenges and successful examples in cancer consortia. The final program is shaping up with prestigious scholars in each of these topics already confirmed.

The call for abstracts will open in September and the highest-scoring abstracts will be selected for oral presentations at the virtual conference and we will also have, as usual, best poster awards. Meeting registration is now open.

ASPO’s Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 15 at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, Arizona. The Associate Director and Program Leader Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 12th. More information is available here.

 

Scarlett Lin Gomez, M.P.H., Ph.D.
2021 ASPO Program Chair
University of California, San Francisco

Steven Patierno, Ph.D.
2021 ASPO Program Chair
Duke University

ASPO Member Survey

The Executive Committee is working on updating the ASPO Strategic Plan and your input is requested. This 7 minute survey will help us to better understand what is working, what is not, and what you desire in your ASPO membership.

The survey will be available through February 15th, and two respondents will be randomly selected to receive free registration to the Annual Meeting.

We thank you in advance for your time!

Executive Committee Elections

There are three open seats on the ASPO Executive Committee – President-Elect, Secretary Treasurer, and Director-at-Large. Terms will start at the close of the 2021 Annual Meeting. Voting will be open January 1 – January 31, and results will be announced in the February 9 ASPO Newsletter.

The Executive Committee works in partnership with the National Office to lead the organization, provide strategic direction, and ensure financial stability. Descriptions of each role are available here.

Candidates and their bios are listed below.

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Health Equity, Culture, and Cancer – ASPO’s 2021 Annual Meeting

 

Health inequities are not new. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent death of George Floyd among many other people of color has brought the issues of systemic structural racism and discrimination and health inequity into the forefront of American consciousness. Communities of color, and people who are low income, rural, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and Indigenous, among others, face disproportionate and inequitable cancer burden. While advances in prevention and control research have led to improvements in cancer incidence and better survival from cancer overall, U.S. cancer inequities persist, and for some populations, gaps have widened over time.

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ASPO Team

Meet the New ASPO Team

In all the craziness of the COVID pandemic, ASPO Week, and adjusting to working from home, you may have missed President Karen Basen-Engquist’s announcement about the change in leadership at ASPO.

HollandParlette was selected as the new management company for ASPO at the beginning of 2020 and came on board just before the Annual Conference in March. Our whole team is so excited to be a part of ASPO and to support all of your important work!

You may have already noticed that all ASPO communications are now coming from [email protected] If you could, please take a moment to do a few things to help ensure you are receiving ASPO emails:

  • Add [email protected] to your email contact list
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  • Consider updating your email address to a personal account
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If you don’t think you’re on the list, or getting the emails, send us message at [email protected] or give us a call at 317-268-2552 and we’ll help troubleshoot.

Meet Your ASPO Team:

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ASPO Commitment to Anti-Racism

Dear ASPO Colleagues,

The continued senseless killings of people of color, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have been emotionally overwhelming and traumatic. These events bring to the forefront the significant and inexcusable racism that is an epidemic in our country. We stand with our ASPO members from the Black community, and all Black communities, against racial injustice and support protests and other efforts against racial injustice and systemic racism.

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Karen Basen-Engquist

Strange Days Indeed: a note from ASPO President Karen Basen-Engquist

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed…

–John Lennon

 

Most of us are now living and working in ways that we could not have imagined a few weeks ago. As I write this my wish for you is that you and your family stay healthy, both physically and mentally. These are stressful times, and we all need to take care of ourselves and each other.

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