IHSI's Achieving Equity dialogue series seeks to enhance human wellbeing by illuminating topics of injustice and disparity in health. Each event will bring together critical parties—researchers, clinicians, community organizations, agencies, students, and engaged citizens—to move from awareness to action. 

Achieving Equity logoIf you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please e-mail healthinstitute@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


Achieving Equity: Disparities in Cancer

October 17, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Beckman Institute, Room 5602

"Achieving Equity: Disparities in Cancer" brings together research, healthcare, and broader communities for an action-oriented dialogue on the unequal racial and ethnic burdens of colorectal and prostate cancer. Hosted by IHSI in partnership with the Cancer Center at Illinois and the College of Applied Health Sciences, the half-day event includes a keynote by Dr. Charles Rogers (University of Utah), highlights of current research at Illinois, a prevention and survivorship panel, and a networking lunch to discuss future directions. We welcome diverse participation from campus and the larger community with a focus on creating positive changes in human health and wellbeing. 


7:45 - 8:35 a.m. Registration and breakfast

8:35 a.m.  Achieving Equity Series 
Brandi Barnes, Research Development Manager, Health Disparities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

8:40 a.m.  Welcome 
Sean Garrick, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

8:50 a.m.  Keynote: Colorectal Cancer Disparities Elimination among African-American Men: A Public Health Crisis
Charles R. Rogers, Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Men's Health Inequities Research Lab, University of Utah

9:50 a.m.  Diet and Risk of Prostate Cancer
Joe Rowles, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:10 a.m.  Obesity and Prostate Cancer
Catherine Applegate, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.  Break

10:50 a.m.  Clinical Perspectives and Survivorship
Betsy Barnick
Manager of Clinical Research, Carle Foundation Hospital

11:10 a.m.  Cancer Research Advocacy
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch and Future Directions (boxed lunches provided)


Metered Parking is available just east of the institute in the Beckman circle drive and in the campus parking deck directly east of the circle drive on the corner of University and Mathews avenues. 

Getting to the Venue 

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is located at 405 North Mathews Avenue in Urbana.

You may enter the Beckman Institute through the east entrance just off the circle drive. Walk through the atrium. The elevators will be located in the second hall to your right. Take the elevators to the fifth floor. When you exit the elevators, follow the signs to room 5602.


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