All events are being hosted in the University of Michigan Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

12:30 - 1:00


Laying the Groundwork for Solutions to Disparities in Cancer Risk and Outcomes

This session will address key issues related to cancer disparities in Michigan, define gaps in knowledge around cancer disparities, brainstorm potential solutions, and connect people with similar interests.

1:00 - 1:10

Welcome and Opening Remarks—
Max S. Wicha, MD, Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center;Distinguished Professor of Oncology
Chris Sonnenday, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan

1:10 - 2:15

Poverty, Culture and Social Injustice: Determinants of Cancer Health Disparities
Harold P. Freeman, MD,
President and Founder, Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention; Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Cancer Institute
Introduction: Arden Morris, MD, University of Michigan

2:15 - 3:30

Small Group Discussions with Focus on the Following Topics:

  • Behavioral Risk Factors – Facilitator: Derek Griffith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education; Director, Center on Men's Health Disparities; Assistant Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, University of Michigan
  • Genetics, Screening, and Diagnosis – Facilitator: Arden Morris, MD
  • Treatment and Clinical Trials – Facilitator: Sarah Hawley, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Policy-levers and Implications– Facilitator: Lise Anderson, PhD, Grants Specialist for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)

3:30 - 3:45


3:45 - 4:50

What Causes Racial Disparities in Cancer Outcomes?
Peter Bach, MD,
Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Introduction: Sarah Hawley, PhD,

4:50 - 5:20

Summary of Day 1: Framing the Solutions – A panel with speakers and facilitators from break-out sessions
Moderator: Derek Griffith, PhD,

5:20 - 5:30

Closing Remarks – Chris Sonnenday, MD, MHS

5:30 - 6:30

Opening Reception

Friday, May 21, 2010

7:30 - 8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Reducing Cancer Disparities through Policy and Promotion

Moderator: Carmen R. Green, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology ; Associate Professor of Health Management & Policy, University of Michigan

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks—Ora Pescovitz, MD, University of Michigan Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs; Chief Executive Officer of University of Michigan Health System

8:15 - 9:45

Overview of Policy and Promotion Interventions

  • Public Policy Related to Cancer Prevention and Control – Paula Lantz, PhD, MS, Professor and Chair, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan
  • The Role of Cultural Heterogeneity in Interventions – Ken Resnicow, PhD, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan
  • Financial Incentive Interventions and Potential Applicability to Cancer Prevention – Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Health Incentives, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School

9:45 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:45

Panel Presentation and Discussion: Innovative and Promising Interventions for Reducing Cancer Health Disparities
Moderator: Carmen R. Green, MD, University of Michigan

Derek Griffith, PhD
Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan
Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, School of Public Health, and Professor of Public Health, University of Michigan
Susan J. Woolford, MD, MPH, Medical Director Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center, University of Michigan

10:45 - 12:00

Small Group Discussions on the Following Topics:

  • Lung
  • Prostate
  • Colorectal
  • Breast/Cervical
  • Skin

Noon - 1:30

Lunch and Student Poster Session

Cancer Health Disparities in the New Economy

1:30 - 2:45

Sick Economies and Healthy Bodies
Christopher J. Ruhm, PhD,
Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Introduction: Edward C. Norton, PhD, Professor of Health Management and Policy and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:30

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Christopher Friese, RN, PhD, AOCN®, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Long-Term Employment Effects of Surviving Cancer
John Moran, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University

Pent-up Demand for Cancer Diagnosis Prior to Entering Medicare Due to Disability
Elizabeth B. Habermann, PhD, MPH,
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota

Effect of Cancer on the Economic Well-Being of Cancer Survivors and Their Families
Anna Zajacova, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Wyoming

Discussant: Helen Levy, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, School of Public Health; Research Assistant Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cancer and the Economy: Community Based Solutions

8:30 - 9:00

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks—Chris Sonnenday, MD, MHS,

9:15 - 9:45

The Real Cost of Health Disparities to the Nation
Lovell A. Jones, PhD, MD
Cofounder, Intercultural Cancer Council; Director, Center for Research on Minority Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

9:45 - 10:30

Small Group Break-out Sessions

10:30 - 10:45


11:00 - 12:00

Panel discussion including (this is not a comprehensive list):
Moderator: Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH,
Gregory S. Holzman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Executive, Michigan Department of Community Health
Lovell A. Jones, PhD, MD,
Gary McMullen, Vice President of Executive Communications, American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division

12:00 - 12:30

Light lunch