The fourth annual installment of a conference aimed at uniting health
service professionals and members of the community in the fight
against cancer will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Oasis Spa
and Resort in Gulfport.
The One Voice-Many
Faces: United Against Cancer Conference is being sponsored by The
University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Sustainable Health
Outreach (CSHO), in conjunction with numerous other agencies.
agencies are the Deep South Network for Cancer Control, the Mississippi
State Department of Health, Purdue Pharma LP, Memorial Hospital
of Gulfport, the American Cancer Society, Information and Quality
Healthcare, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program,
the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative and the Women
First Resource Center.
a program coordinator with the CSHO, is coordinating One Voice-Many
Faces: United Against Cancer.
said: "The purpose (of the conference) is to educate individuals
in the community and in the health professions about the impact
that cancer has. Another by-product is to improve relationships
between health service people and people in the community."
walls of misunderstanding about cancer and issues relating to cancer
will be a big focus of the conference, Mayfield-Johnson said.
in the health professions sometimes think that members of the community
don't understand," Mayfield-Johnson said. "People in the
community sometimes think doctors and nurses don't listen."
will also serve to help people involved in the fight against cancer
from across the state better coordinate their efforts at education,
prevention and treatment, Mayfield-Johnson said.
to create partnerships across the state so that we're not all building
the same wheel," she said. "We want to take four wheels
and make a car."
Areas of need
in the fight against cancer will also be a topic of discussion at
the conference. For instance, Mayfield-Johnson said, there is currently
no infrastructure set up for cancer screening in the Mississippi
also be two focus group sessions conducted at the conference, to
determine from health professionals and community members what should
be included in a Statewide Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan that
is being developed, Mayfield-Johnson said.
for One Voice-Many Faces: United Against Cancer is $35. For more
information on how to attend, call (601) 266-6266.