Among the highlights of our very successful Annual Meeting, held on Dec. 6, 2016 was the awarding of the first Cancer Champion Award.
The 2016 Connecticut Cancer Champion Award is awarded to Andrea Silber, MD for her contributions to cancer prevention and control in our state. This is the first Connecticut Cancer Champion Award to be given annually to an outstanding Connecticut resident who contributes to cancer prevention and control in our state, and who demonstrates commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Connecticut through work on policy, systems and environmental change.
Dr. Silber is a Medical Oncologist at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale – New Haven. She has worked in New Haven for over two decades. She has demonstrated a commitment to improving health equity through her work with the Connecticut Cancer Partnership since its inception, her work with Project Access-New Haven, and in her clinical work with the underserved. As a 2015 Connecticut Health Foundation Fellow, she said “I understand well the factors that influence health care outcomes in New Haven, where I’ve worked for more than two decades. I am persuasive / stubborn and able to convince individuals to quit smoking and develop healthy habits. During the fellowship, I want to amplify and globalize these skills in order to have an impact on cancer health policy.”
Congratulations, Dr. Silber and thank you for your work as a Connecticut Cancer Champion!