Connecticut Department of Public Health Receives $4M for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded over $4 million to the DPH Comprehensive Cancer Program to conduct a statewide colorectal cancer screening initiative. Receipt of the award was announced by Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Section Chief of the Health Education, Management & Surveillance Section of DPH. The new program will be integrated with the existing Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and will provide colonoscopies to low-income and medically underserved residents of Connecticut for a 5-year period. The Department of Public Health is pleased to add this critical screening component, as colorectal cancer is the 4th most common…

Super Colon to be Displayed at XL Center March 29-30

The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) is bringing an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long replica of the human colon, Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, to the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, March 29th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Monday, March 30th, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The exhibit is part of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership’s statewide colorectal cancer public education initiative. The Super Colon™ is an inflatable, interactive colon that teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. As visitors walk through the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, they get…

Partnership Receives 2008 Hiscock Award for Advancing Public Health

The Connecticut Public Health Association Board of Directors voted to present the 2008 Ira V. Hiscock Award to the Connecticut Cancer Partnership. The Hiscock Award is presented annually to a Connecticut layperson or organization that has made notable contributions to the advancement of public health through public service, education, advocacy and/or leadership. Ira Hiscock was an internationally recognized epidemiologist and a public health professor at Yale University who inspired generations of students. The award presentation took place during the lunch-time awards ceremony at the CPHA Annual Conference on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Waters Edge Resort in Westbrook. Charles…

Perez-Escamilla Appointed to 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

A press release issued by the US Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced that Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, a member of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership Board of Directors, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He is one of 13 experts selected nationwide by the US Government to develop the new dietary guidelines for implementation in the US and in many parts of the world. Dr. Perez-Escamilla is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Director of the Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health…

Governor Rell Lauds Board Member Maureen Smith with Service Award

Maureen Smith of Middletown, Director of Consumer Relations for Connecticut’s Office of the Healthcare Advocate, has been presented with the 2008 Governor’s Service Award. This award was established to reinforce the importance of quality customer service by recognizing the achievements and successes of State employees. “It’s an honor to have received this recognition for doing a job that I love dearly,” Maureen said. “I have been advocating for people for the last 7 years, helping them resolve issues that they found overwhelming. My goal is always to reach consistent, positive resolutions for families once I intercede on their behalf.” In…

Partnership Hosts 5th Annual Members Meeting

A coalition representing 149 Connecticut organizations dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Connecticut came together on September 19 for the Connecticut Cancer Partnership’s Fifth Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. The meeting was led by Partnership Chair Dr. Andrew Salner of Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut State Medical Society and included keynote guest speaker Otis Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society. The over-arching theme for the meeting was Comprehensive Cancer Planning: Disparities, Access and the Next Five Years. Presentations on the collaborative cancer control initiatives for Connecticut included: Andrea L. Silber, MD, Director…

Partnership Co-hosts Cancer Poster Contest for Local Students

In an effort to bring cancer awareness to the community level, the Connecticut Cancer Partnership and Hartford Hospital hosted a cancer poster competition for students from the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science (GHAMAS). The winners, selected during ceremonies on June 5 at Hartford Hospital, were: 1st place – Sanjana Patel (Colorectal Cancer); 2nd place – Harsida Desai (Skin Cancer); 3rd place – Chelsea Yalen (Pancreatic Cancer). The top 3 winners received engraved plaques, and all contestants received certificates. The posters were on display in the hospital cafeteria through June 13.   Entries were judged by four members of…