Kentucky Cancer Consortium's Wednesday's Word

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC) is pleased to provide you with an another edition of Wednesday’s Word. Each week, we'll launch a new release highlighting one of our four key areas.

As topics rotate weekly, you will be able to access resources and links to recent state and national cancer control articles, events, and tools. Let us know if you have information to share for December 14th where we will feature Prevention and Risk Reduction.

Register for KCC Events
KCC Meeting
December 8, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST | Register here
Join us for our general KCC meeting. Come ready to share your priorities for 2023!  We will  discuss bills coming up in the 2023 KY Legislative Session and the next steps in revising the KY Cancer Action Plan.

KCC Digital Story Telling
December 12, 2023 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST | Register here
Join us for a discussion and screening of videos featuring Kentucky cancer survivors. We will discuss how we can share the videos in a meaningful way and engage more cancer survivors in our work.

KCC Resource Sharing Meeting - Featuring Unite Us
January 12, 2023 | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon EST | Register here
Join us for an opportunity to network and share your resources.  We also will feature a presentation by Unite Us. 

In case you missed it …
KCC Survivorship Meeting, November 16, 2022
  • View meeting notes and recording here
  • View KCC Survivorship Series here
KCC Lung Cancer Meeting, December 1, 2022
  • View meeting notes and recording here
Unite Us
KCC Resource Spotlight – Unite Us
Unite Us is the unifying infrastructure that connects health and social care. With Unite Us, you can build and scale your coordinated care network, track outcomes together, identify service gaps and at-risk populations, and most importantly, empower members of your community to take ownership of their own health. Network partners may include community-based organizations (CBOs), safety net health care providers, health systems, insurers, and other groups looking to better support people to achieve healthy outcomes.Unite Us is funded by multiple sponsors and is free service for community based organizations. To learn more about Unite Us, click here  Watch video here.
Continuing Education Credits from the American Lung Association
The end of the year is quickly approaching, and you can earn three CEU/CME hours for no cost. View the American Lung Association’s signature education courses below:
  • Asthma Basics | Register here
Teaches participants to identify and manage triggers, understand the value of an asthma action plan, and recognize and respond to a breathing emergency. A great resource to share with your patients/clients too.
  • Tobacco Basics | Register here
Educates participants about the toll of tobacco use in the U.S. and programs available to help tobacco users successfully quit for good. A great resource to share with your patients/clients too
  • Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit | Register here
Educates healthcare professionals on how to effectively and briefly discuss tobacco cessation with patients who smoke or vape.

Job Opportunity
KY Lung Cancer Screening Program: Health Program Administrator
The job posting is open on the Kentucky Personnel website. If you know anyone interested, please send them to Health Program Administrator ( to view the posting and apply.
Health Equity
Using Public Health Data to Drive Equity
New Publication: Principles for Using Public Health Data to Drive Equity: A guide to embedding equitable practices throughout the data life cycle by the CDC. Achieving health equity requires every data practitioner–including funders, program managers, community partners and state leaders–to effectively harness the full power of data in a way that embraces innovation, inclusion, and community voice.  The five data equity principles in this document are a broader framework that views research beyond the project level to consider how our methods throughout the data life cycle can make more impactful and equitable contributions to public health data systems. To access the guide, click here
CDC Awards More Than $3 Billion to Improve U.S. Public Health Workforce and Infrastructure
CDC is awarding $3.2 billion to help state, local, and territorial jurisdictions across the United States strengthen their public health workforce and infrastructure. This first-of-its-kind funding provides awards directly to state, local, and territorial health departments to provide the people, services, and systems needed to promote and protect health in U.S. communities. To read more, click here
Cancer-Related Mortality Tied to Residential Segregation
Residential racial and economic segregation across US counties is associated with higher cancer mortality, according to research published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers found that counties with the greatest degree of deprivation had higher mortality for all cancers combined and across 12 of 13 cancers assessed individually. To read more, click here
High Deductibles May Discourage Patients from Receiving Additional Testing After an Abnormal Mammogram
Twenty percent of patients are likely to forgo additional testing after an abnormal finding on a screening mammogram if there is a deductible, according to new findings presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2022 Annual Meeting. To read more, click here
Upcoming Events
Webinar Series | AIR Equity Initiative Roundtable Series – Building Bridges to Equity: Data-Informed Approaches to Cultivate Peaceful Communities
Dec. 8th  | 1:00 – 2:15 pm ET | Register here
Join researchers, practitioners, law enforcement, community stakeholders, and policy advocates as they discuss their work to create peaceful, thriving communities for all. This two-part discussion will explore efforts to (1) reimagine public safety and (2) reform policing, while considering the tensions that exist within both approaches. Participants will leave with an enhanced sense of urgency and commitment to cultivating equity in public safety and policing within their sphere of influence. 

Breaking Ground: Decades in the Career of a Transgender Health Scientist
December 8th | 1:00 pm EST | Register here
Cancer Leaders Like Us is excited to announce the first ever Career Talk, a series of conversations with LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC leaders in the health field. Join us for the first Career Talk which will feature a special guest, Dr. Emilia Lombardi. Dr. Lombardi is notable for being one of the longest standing openly transgender health researchers in the country. She will discuss her experience overcoming the many challenges she faced in this field, the evolution of the work, and advice she has for early career researchers.

Living Well with Blood Cancer
December 10th | 8 AM – 11:30 AM EST Embassy Suites, Louisville East | Free event,
registration required 
Join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a FREE in person program to learn more about surviving and thriving with a blood cancer from healthcare professionals and other survivors. The main session will feature a panel of local healthcare professionals who will explore the areas of life most impacted by a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They will also discuss the realities of some age-related concerns, such as sleep, energy and cognition during and after cancer. Participants will then get to join a breakout session of their choice -Caring for the Caregiver, Nutrition or Chemo Brain. Complementary breakfast and lunch.  Registration required.

Kentucky Lung Cancer Screening Advisory Committee Meeting
December 12, 2022 | 1:00 pm EST | Click here for the zoom link
The Role of Business in Improving Health and Health Equity (Presented by National Academy of Sciences)
December 13th | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST | Register here
Businesses and employers play an important role in shaping health and health equity through their hiring and employment practices, their products and services, their impact on the environment, and their interactions with and activities in communities. The last 2.5 years have cast in sharp relief the relationships between work and health, businesses and communities, and this workshop will examine and showcase practices, data, policies, and partnerships that position businesses to play important roles in helping to improve health and health equity.

ThriveKY Advocacy for Thriving Communities
December 13th at 10:00 am ET | VIRTUAL | Agenda & Registration

KY Voices for Health’s Annual Meeting
December 14. 2022 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST | Embassy Suites, Lexington | Register here
KVH’s annual meeting brings together stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to explore opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Kentuckians. Sessions will touch on the ways in which state policies can be designed to improve access to affordable healthcare without barriers, fix the benefits cliff, build an equitable community safety net, promote civic engagement, and prepare for the 2023 General Assembly.

Equitable Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening in Kentucky
Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | Register here
Hosted by the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, More details coming soon.

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