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March  Quarterly Meeting

Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative 

Conference Call Line Option: (786) 535-4360

Participant Code: 110 #




SFCCC Co-Chairs, Dr. Marie Etienne and Maray Salina and CCC Chair Roger Buckwalter greeted the members to the 11th SFCCC/CCC joint annual quarterly meeting.  Members were asked to state their name, organization, and workgroup.


CCC Business Update:

Roger Buckwalter, Chair of Community Cancer Council, stated since the last joint meeting, in March 2019, the Community Cancer Council members conducted the following presentations: Stanton Collemer, Executive Director of Cancer Alliance of Health & Hope and Irene Sobrino, Patient Navigator, conducted a presentation on the work of Cancer Alliance of Health and Hope (CAHH); Dr. Kathryn Schafer, Limitless Potential, presented on Recovery with Mental Images & Yoga; Tenesha Avent, SFCCC Coordinator, provided an update on the Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative activities; and Josh Hirch, Susan G Komen, presented on Breast Cancer. The Community Cancer Council (CCC) has facilitated request from patients regarding housing and financial assistance, and smoking cessation support groups. Roger Buckwalter provided a heartfelt speech regarding stepping down as the Chair of the Community Cancer Council and announced Donna Goodwin, Health Systems Manager of Hospitals, American Cancer Society, as the new Chair of the Community Cancer Council.  Roger Buckwalter spoke about the history and success of the CCC and his pleasure as serving as chair since 2006.  He noted that every organization needs a transition in leadership to bring new ideas.  Roger expressed full confidence in Donna and turned the CCC portion of the meeting over to Donna. Members from both SFCCC and CCC praised and thanked Roger for his many years of service and dedication to the Community Cancer Council. The next CCC meeting will take place on May 5, 2020 at 9:30am. Further guidance will be providing regarding the format of the meeting (in-person vs conference call). Any member who is interested in giving a presentation on any cancer topic (about 45 minutes including questions and answers) should contact Donna at



Statewide Update:

Rebecca McClain, Program Director, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program


  1. Rebecca McClain stated the Florida Department of Health has submitted a continuation application to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Florida Department of Health applied for funds regarding Survivorship efforts and is awaiting a response. The Florida Cancer Control & Research Advisory Board (CCRAB) meeting will be April 17, 2020 in Tampa Florida, however, the meeting will also be offered virtually. Details of the virtual meeting will be sent in the coming days.


Work Group Updates:

SFCCC Workgroup updates were provided are as follows:


Synergy and Networking/Membership Workgroup

The Synergy and Networking/Membership Work Group will provide an update at the next Steering Committee Meeting.


Risk Reduction Workgroup

The Risk Reduction Work Group leaders will provide an update at the next Steering Committee Meeting.


Disparities Workgroup

The Disparities Workgroup will provide an update at the next Steering Committee Meeting.

Survivorship and Quality of Life Workgroup

Cara Kondaki, Survivorship and Quality of Life Work Group leader stated the Survivorship Symposium will be held on June 6, 2020 from 8am to 12pm at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The breakfast for the symposium will be provided by Catholic Hospice. The theme of the symposium will be “Passport to Survivorship”. Presentations will be provided by Baptist Hospital, Holy Cross, Memorial Cancer Institute, University of Miami, and Cleveland Clinic Florida.




Workgroup Next Steps:

Since the SFCCC/CCC March Quarter meeting is being held via conference call due to the Covid-19 virus, each SFCCC Workgroup will hold a meeting with their members and will report the updates to the SFCCC Coordinator.


New Business:


Member Announcements:

  1. Jennifer Schosheim, Oncology Social Worker at Jupiter Medical Center and Coordinator of the Southeast Region Society of Oncology and Social Workers welcomed the opportunity to engage new members to the Southeast Region Society of Oncology and Social Workers.  The fee to become a member is $35 and it provides opportunities for CEUs and networking.

  2. Ann Williams-Nicholas, Social Worker at the Lynn Institute informed the Collaborative about the 9th Annual Run for the Ribbon on Sunday June 7th at Holy Cross Hospital. The event will potentially be postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.  The Lynn Institute also offers a Bereavement Support Group that meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10am-11am.

  3. Dr. Marie Etienne, Miami-Dade College, informed the Collaborative about canceled events such the Humanitarian Medical Mission to Immokalee hosted by MDC, Haitian American Professional Coalition (HAP-C), and Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA), HANA’s Gala Scholarship Fundraiser and the Florida Nurses Association’s 10th Annual Awards/ Symposium held on April 15-18, 2020. Dr. Etienne also provided safety precautions regarding the Coronavirus. Dr. Etienne also reminded all members the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that year 2020 is the year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwives.

  4. Roger Buckwalter stated the next Community Cancer Council meeting will be on May 5th, 2020 at the American Cancer Society in West Palm Beach.

  5. Donna Goodwin, American Cancer Society, advised everyone to utilize as a resource. The website has many great resources such as videos an PDFs for Cancer support information for survivors and caregivers. The resource is open 365 day a year and 7 days a week.

  6. Ann Fonfa, Annie Appleseed Project, hosted the 14th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies conference in West Palm Beach Florida.  There were 246 participants, 23 speakers covering topics ranging from Nutrition, Cannabis/CBD, novel use of drugs. Ann spoke about natural approaches to cleaning supplies to help survivors and people with allergies when sanitizing items against the Covid-19.

  7. Irene Sobrino, Cancer Alliance of Health and Hope, informed members of the Successful Shop the Day Away Luncheon held on February 26 with 550 attendees. Unfortunately, the Golf Tournament and Brunch was canceled due to the Coronavirus.  

  8. David Cowan, Ali’s Alliance, informed members of a vast online directory of resources to patients and caregivers.

  9. Maray Salina, Memorial Healthcare System, informed members that Memorial Healthcare System is offering free telehealth visits for the Broward County Community. Residents can download the Memorial App on a smartphone and use the code Memorial Cares. This opportunity will be available through March 31, 2020. The is an alternative to relieve the pressure from the primary care physicians.  



Meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.  The next SFCCC Quarterly Meeting will take place in June.


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