Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Annual Public Health Conference Agenda

"Cancer and the Public's Health: Strategies to Advance Health Equity"

April 4, 2018

Time Session Speakers

7:45 - 9:00 am               

Continental Breakfast and Registration


Program Moderator

Brian Rivers, PhD
Associate Professor & Director
Cancer Health Equity Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine

8:00 - 8:30 am




Kofi Kondwani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Morehouse School of Medicine

Thai Chi 

Tina Rasheed
Certified Instructor

Fitness Assessment

Jammie Hopkins, PhD
Assistant Professor
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

8:30 am

Presidential Welcome Address

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
President & Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine

8:45 am

Introductions & Program Overview

Beverly D. Taylor, MD
Professor & Chair
Community Health & Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

9:00 am

Overview of Cancer in GA

Portia C. Buchongo, MSN, MPH
Nurse Consultant
Chronic Disease Prevention Section
Georgia Department of Public Health

9:15 am

Morning Keynote -
Innovative Approaches to Reducing Cancer in Underrepresented Communities

Otis Brawley, MD
Chief Medical & Scientific Officer
American Cancer Society 

10:00 am




10:15 - 11:00am


Innovative Cancer Prevention and Control Strategies 

  • Color Genomics
Jill Hagenkord, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Color Genomics, Inc
  • Naturopathic Medicine

Anya Chang, ND
Naturopathic Oncology
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

  • Geographic Information System
Kevin Matthews, PhD
Geographer, Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch, Division of Population Health
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

11:15 am
-12:15 pm      


Panel of Local and State Efforts Aimed at Cancer Prevention and Control

Tabia Akintobi, PhD
Associate Professor & Director, Prevention Research Center
Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
Tamara Nash, Mission Director
  • Ga Center of Oncology Research & Education
Angie Patterson, Vice President
  • GA Prostate Cancer Coalition
Rudolph Morgan, Board Member
  • Grady Cancer Center For Excellence

Roland Matthews, MD
Director, Grady Cancer Center,
Professor, OB/GYN
Morehouse School of Medicine

12:30 - 1:30 pm

LUNCH, Posters and Exhibitors Session

12:45 - 1:30 pm

Advances in Precision Prevention of Cancer

Jill Hagenkord, MD
CMO, Color Genomics, Inc

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Keynote - Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Edith P. Mitchell, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine & Oncology
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Poster and Exhibitor Sessions


2:15 pm



2:30 -3:15 pm


Innovative Cancer Treatment and Control Strategies

Lakesha Tabels, MD
Community HEalth and Preventive Medicine Residen (PGY-3)
  • AACR/ORIEN/MSM 2020 by 2020 Initiative

James Lillard, Jr., PhD
Associate Dean for Research Affairs
Director, Office of Translational Technologies
Morehouse School of Medicine

Lawrence McKinney, MPH Student
Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Emerging Technology-Telehealth in RUral Areas

Dominic Mack, MD
Director, National Center for Primary Care
Morehouse School of Medicine

3:15 - 4:00 pm


Local and State Panelist of Surviving and Thriving Efforts

  • Green Forest Baptist Church
Gwen Black, RN
Chair Cancer Support Ministry
  • Blue Flowers
Shavonn Richardson, MBA
Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer
  • American Cancer Society
Rachel Spillers-Cannady
Strategic Director
Office of Cancer Caregivers Support

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD
Executive Vice Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine


Agenda subject to change