Join us to learn about the urgent need for greater diversity in cancer clinical trials, and what you can do to help.
The Black Wo(Men) Speak Symposium, presented in conjunction with the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, shines a light on the urgent need for greater diversity in clinical trials by presenting data gathered in four recent surveys. Join us to learn steps to dismantle barriers to clinical trial participation; ways to inspire greater trust in the healthcare system; and strategies to ensure access to clinical trials.
This symposium is geared toward all stakeholders involved in MBC treatment and research — including patients, caregivers, and advocates, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and biotech representatives and researchers.
The day will begin with a keynote address followed by a presentation of findings from the four research projects. The afternoon sessions will feature speakers and panel discussions aimed at the various stakeholder groups concerned with trials: Pharmaceutical/Biotech Companies, Researchers, Nonprofit Advocate Organizations, Patient/Advocates, and Caregivers.
Monday December 5th
Noon–5:00 p.m. Central Time
La Quinta (Riverwalk) Hotel
303 Blum Street, San Antonio, TX
Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS
The Helen O. Dickens Presidential Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Breast Surgery
The University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Monique Gary, FACS, FSSO
Breast Surgical Oncologist & Medical Director, Cancer Program
Grand View Health
Arrivals, Registration, and Buffet Lunch
Welcome and Introductions
Host – Dr. Monique Gary, Breast Surgical Oncologist & Medical Director, Cancer Program
Grand View Health/Penn Cancer Network
Moving the Needle on Disparities in Breast Cancer
Dr. Lola Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS
The Helen O. Dickens Presidential Associate Professor, Chief, Division of Breast Surgery, The University of Pennsylvania
Research Methodology and Findings
The Research is Clear: Building Diversity and Access in Clinical Trials for Black Wo(Men) is Crucial
How Healthcare Provider Communication Can Impact Clinical Trial Enrollment
Clinical Trial Diversity Best Practices – Empowering Change Through Pharmas, Researchers, and Advocates
The Role of Patients and Caregivers in Clinical Trial Decisions
Agenda is as of 11/22/2022 – check back often as more details will be added as we move closer to the event.
As part of the Black Wo(Men) Speak event, participating organizations have provided summaries of their research on diversity in clinical trials. Download these prior to the event as well as exploring other helpful materials from the organizations whose work will be presented at the Symposium.
For the Breast of Us
Carrie’s TOUCH: Project SOAR
MBC Alliance: The BECOME Project
Black Wo(Men) Speak shares the work of multiple organizations that have conducted research on the need for greater diversity in clinical trials, and current barriers to participation.
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COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR THE BLACK WO(MEN) SPEAK SYMPOSIUM
Out of an abundance of caution to keep ourselves, each other, and especially people living with MBC, safe from contracting COVID-19, the Black Wo(Men) Speak Symposium planning committee and staff will wear masks and test for COVID prior to attending the event. We encourage the same practice by all meeting attendees to promote the safest environment possible. We ask that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 NOT attend the event and switch to virtual participation instead.
KN-95 masks will be available on site, and, if needed, we will provide meeting attendees with a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test kit.
Hand sanitizing stations will also be available.
The MBCA will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation as the event approaches to ensure our onsite protocols adhere to or exceed CDC and local San Antonio/Bexar County regulations.
We reserve the right to update this protocol if the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio changes.