Moffitt Diversity
Moffitt Diversity

Spring 2011                                                                                                    Volume 1, Issue 1

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Did You Know?
"Community Conversations"
Community Corner
National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
íSalud! Serie de charlas
Supplier Diversity Highlight
Moffitt Resource Center
The LATTE Program
Warming Hearts & Hands

Upcoming Events

Miles for Moffitt

 

Ý­Salud! Serie de charlas

 

2011 Magnolia Ball

 

Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Races

Did You Know?

When you visit a hospital you have the right to language assistance/help at no cost to you? At Moffitt, interpreters are available seven days a week. 

"Community Conversations"

A radio show that explores key topics that matter in our community.  Conversations revolve around the physical, mental, educational, and economic health of our community.
Dr. B. Lee Green, vice president of Moffitt Diversity, is a co-host of the show.
  
Saturday Mornings from 10am - 11am on WTBN 570 AM or 910 FM
  
Click here to listen live

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Diverse Voices 
Moffitt Diversity Newsletter
Greetings!

In this issue of Diverse Voices, you will learn how Moffitt works to reach the community with education, and business opportunities.  You will find information on outreach to the LGBT community, programs that work to remove language barriers, and our Supplier Diversity program that seeks to grow and support local business.

Community Corner 
GLAAM

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Moffitt (GLAAM) Employee Network was started at Moffitt in January 2010.  It is comprised of more than 40 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) employees and their Moffitt allies. GLAAM works to spread the word within the community of Moffitt's state-of-the-art cancer prevention and treatment, as well as compassionate, non-discriminatory healthcare to patients and their loved ones. GLAAM's mission is to make sure these messages are heard within Tampa Bay's LGBT communities, and to increase awareness about how cancer affects the LGBT community.  Last year, GLAAM welcomed incoming freshmen at USF's Fall Ice Cream Social. GLAAM also participated in St. Pete Pride, the AIDS Walk, and the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Fest.  In addition to sharing information on cancer in the LGBT community, the group also provided information about GLAAM and Moffitt Diversity. Employee Networks are employee-led and created groups.  Group like GLAAM are supported by Moffitt because the Cancer Center's commitment to being an Employer of Choice and provides a quality working environment for all of its employees. The GLAAM team is proud of their effort to provide an extremely positive image of Moffitt to our community.

 

~Submitted by Donna Blaha

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

April 17 - 23, 2011

 

National Minority Cancer Awareness WeekNational Minority Cancer Awareness Week (NMCAW) was established in 1987 to promote increased awareness of prevention and treatment among those segments of the populations that are at greater risk of developing cancer.

 

Moffitt Cancer Center will recognize NMCAW in collaboration with local agencies and organizations to develop a series of programs focused on cancer prevention and early detection. 

 

All events are FREE. For more information, contact Erika Harris at 813-745-6959 or email  erika.harris@moffitt.org.  For a list of events, please click here.

íSalud! Serie de charlas Salud Logo

Entre salud y dinero, salud quiero....ÝSalud! Serie de charlas was conceived by three Moffitt staff members from the Moffitt Diversity and Molecular Oncology departments to address the need to provide cancer health education to the Tampa Bay community in Spanish.

 

Since its inception, this small quarterly program has grown and reached more than 400 participants.  íSalud!  has offered health panels focusing on nutrition, breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, hematological (blood) cancers, survivorship, nutrition, women and men's health as it relates to cancer screening and prevention.

 

On April 30th, íSalud! Serie de charlas returns to Moffitt featuring a health panel focusing on mental health and healthy living.  The enthusiasm from the community is one of the most motivating factors to continue this vital program.  Community members have commented that they look forward to additional educational opportunities to learn about the diseases that impact their community. Sponsorship and support have been provided by Sweetbay Supermarket, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the American Cancer Society. To register for the event, call

813-745-8701 or email Venessa.Rivera@Moffitt.org.

 

Join us for the next íSalud! Serie de charlas

April 30, 2011

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Moffitt Cancer Center - Stabile Research Building

 

Presented entirely in Spanish  

Supplier Diversity Highlight: Chameleon Custom Solutions

Moffitt Cancer Center is committed to the development, growth and use of small/diverse businesses. Working with Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) helps the expansion and economic growth of the communities we serve. Chameleon Custom Solutions is one of many local MWBEs working with the Cancer Center on an as needed basis for our printing & promotional needs.

 

Chameleon acquired their first purchase order with the Cancer Center in February 2009, and continues to provide the quality of service and competitive pricing to meet our needs.  This is evident with over 118 purchase orders issued by the Purchasing Department to Chameleon to date. To learn more about Chameleon Custom Solutions, please visit www.chameleon-cs.com.

 

To learn more about our Supplier Diversity Program, upcoming Bid/RFP opportunities, or to register your business, visit the Supplier Diversity Program Website at:  www.moffitt.org/supplierdiversity.

New Moffitt Resource Center Opens
Moffitt Library Resource Center

Dr. B. Lee Green, V.P., Moffitt Diversity, leads the ribbon-cutting

On January 18, 2011, the John F. Germany Public Library located at 900 N. Ashley, in downtown Tampa hosted a ribbon-cutting event announcing the new Moffitt Resource Corner. This idea was created with the goal of making it easy for the community to find cancer health information as a part of Moffitt's mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. At the Resource Corner visitors to the library can free find educational information about the prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as information about the outreach programs provided by the Moffitt Program for Outreach Wellness Education & Resources (M-POWER).

 

Commissioner Mark Sharpe along with Florida Representative Betty Reed and Chloe Coney, District Director for U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor, attended the event and provided their support of Moffitt's continued community outreach efforts.

 

Kathy Allen, Director of Nutrition Therapy kicked off a series of quarterly lectures that will focus on prevention, early detection, research and treatment of cancer.  For more information on the lecture series, please contact Terri Hewitt at Terri.Hewitt@Moffitt.org.

LATTE Program

LATTE Program

The LATTE (Lung and Thoracic Tumor Education) Program at Moffitt Cancer Center reaches out to patients and families affected by lung cancer. Through advocacy, support, education and community outreach, LATTE serves as the collective voice of actively involved individuals who share their personal and professional expertise to contribute to the prevention and cure of lung cancer. 

 

Click HERE to read their latest newsletter.

Warming Hands & Hearts

Connie Wilson Haile, a former Moffitt patient shared a story of

Connie & Maria

Maria Dorado and Connie Wilson Haile 

compassion while at the Cancer Center. Connie explained that she had been coming to Moffitt for radiation everyday for seven weeks. One day, Connie was having a tough time. That day, she left radiation feeling as if she was in an ice storm, she was "freezing". She went to the coffee shop to get a cup of "hot" coffee. It was there she encountered a compassionate Moffitt employee, Maria Dorado from Environmental Services. Maria looked at Connie and could immediately tell it was not a good day for her. Maria took Connie's cold hands and began to gently rub them until they became warm. These actions touched Connie. Maria took time from cleaning to not just warm her hands, but warm Connie's heart. Connie is now living cancer free. She calls Maria "Precious". They have been friends ever since!

~submitted by Nikki Ross-Inda

CORRECTIONS

Diverse Voices - Summer 2010 Vol. 3 Issue 1 edition, 'Another Moffitt Diversity Reality' - Credit for providing health screenings and education at the April 2010 Tampa Bay Caribbean Health Initiative should also have been attributed to The Caribbean Community Association, Inc.'s Health Committee. In addition, community members including Dr. Symone Webley (The Dentist Place for Kids), Dr. Ronald Hamilton (Westchase Veterinary Center), and Dr. Nkem Uzo also provided cancer education and general health seminars.  Alicia M. Phidd, Esq. was incorrectly credited as author of the article.  Editors of Moffitt Diversity should be credited. We regret these errors and apologize to all who were impacted by this miscommunication.

How You Can Help
To support Moffitt's effort to reduce cancer health disparities through research, education and awareness, please consider a contribution to the Cancer Health Disparities Fund at the Moffitt Foundation or a contribution to the Moffitt Diversity Fund to support our outreach programs which will help us continue the message of prevention and early detection....it saves lives.
  
More information is available at www.MOFFITT.org/giving, or
813-745-1403.

 

Sincerely,

 

Moffitt Diversity