Events & Opportunities

African-American Leadership Forum for Breast Health Equity

If you are an influencer in the African-American communities in and surrounding Philadelphia and interested possibly attending, please contact Elaine at 215-238-8900.

We face a dire situation for African Americans—and, in fact, Delaware Valley African Americans specifically—when it comes to breast cancer survival:

  • Nationwide in the African-American community women are approximately 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
  • Philadelphia ranks number nine on a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest rates of breast cancer mortality and late-stage diagnoses among African Americans.
  • While 63 percent of Caucasian women are diagnosed with breast cancer at the local, more treatable stage, this statement is true for only 52 percent of breast cancer diagnosed among African-American women.

At this Forum, Komen Philadelphia will bring together government and community leaders, influencers and professionals from our local African-American community with a vision of mobilizing them to help us eliminate the breast cancer mortality gap. We will call on these leaders and influencers to focus their resources and “power’ to drive critical change for the good of African-American women and men most at risk of dying from breast cancer.

Our programming for this forum will work with an eye to advancing both Komen Philadelphia’s 5-year goal as well as Komen’s National bold goal, both launched in the fall of 2016:

  • Local: to reduce the number of late-stage diagnoses by 10 percent by the year 2021
  • National: to reduce the breast cancer mortality gap in 10 of the top at-risk metropolitan areas by 25 percent within 5 years of beginning work in those cities.

Topics addressed and featured presenters

  • Does Research and/or Prevention Decrease Mortality Rates in Breast Cancer? Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACO, FCPP, Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Associate Director for Diversity Programs and Director of the Center to Eliminate Disparities, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Care Management of Breast Cancer Patients in the Current Insurance Climate: Ari D. Brooks, MD, Chief of Endocrine and Oncological Surgery; Director of the Integrated Breast Center, Pennsylvania Hospital
  • How the Latest Research in Breast Cancer is Directed Toward Better Treatment to Reduce Mortality Rates?: Frank J. Rauscher, III, PhD, Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program; Deputy Director of the Cancer Center, Wistar Institute
  • Statistical Progression in the Battle Against Breast Cancer: Thomas L. Hardie, EdD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Advocacy and Patient Advocacy: Meryl Weinreb, Chair of Education and Public Policy, Komen Advocate in Science, Past Board Member and Education Chair, Komen Philadelphia

Mistress of Ceremonies: Natasha Brown, News Anchor/Reporter, CBS 3/The CW Philly and Komen Philadelphia Board Member

Spiritual Leader: Reverend Blane J. Newberry, Associate Pastor of Fellowship, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Komen Philadelphia Board Member



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