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VTAAC Annual Meeting, Sept 20 in Montpelier

September 10, 2019 by Jennifer Smith

VTAAC provides a forum for collaboration, engagement and sharing of resources for individuals and organizations concerned about cancer in Vermont.

The 13th annual meeting of Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer is Health Equity in Rural Northern New England: Strategies for Prevention & Survivorship. 

There will be guest speakers and a panel discussion.

September 20, 2019 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier
Click here to register or visit

8         Registration/Light Refreshments
8:30    Welcome & Opening Comments
           Gary Stein, PhD
           Director, University of Vermont Cancer Center
           VTAAC Co-Chair

8:40    Comprehensive Cancer Control in Vermont – Challenges and Opportunities
Allison Verbyla, MPH, Vermont Department of Health
Sharon Mallory, MPH, Vermont Department of Health
9         A Vision of Health Equity: Understanding and Addressing Cancer Inequities in Vermont
Mark A. Levine, MD, Vermont Commissioner of Health
9:30    Prevention: Strategies to Prevent the Cancer Burden
Moderator:  Kim Dittus, MD, PhD
              Scot Remick, MD
              Kristie Glover, PhD
              Karen Nelson, BS, RN
              Siobhan Donegan, MS, RD
10:30  Break & Networking Session
11       Survivorship: The Emerging Challenges of Living with Cancer
          Moderator: Terry Rabinowitz, MD
              Stephanie Fraser, LSW
              Elizabeth McGrath, ANP
              Jane Bensimhon, Executive Director, Maggie’s Bright Side
              Gavin Shamis, Co-Founder, ccTHRIVE
12       Lunch & Awards
12:30  Survivor Perspective
           Josie Leavitt, Award-winning Stand-Up Comic, Storyteller, Cancer Survivor and Advocate
12:55  Closing Comments
           Nancy Kaplan, Program Manager, You First, Vermont Department of Health
           VTAAC Co-Chair

1         Adjourn

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