Rural Cancer Control Meeting

Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Planned for May 30-31, 2018

Meeting objectives in rural cancer control:

  1. Identify gaps in research and practice.
  2. Build partnerships across the country with various health-related entities to address challenges and disseminate solutions.
  3. Highlight and identify methods to address competing and common agendas of clinics/providers, researchers, and community/patients.

Each of the sessions will:

  1. incorporate speakers and perspectives from different regions (Delta, Appalachia, Alaska, Hawaii, Northern New England, Southwest, Colonias, Reservation, Frontier).
  2. incorporate perspectives of community members, health care providers, and public health partners in each presentation.

Day 1

Time Event details
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Opening remarks and meeting charge
Robin Vanderpool (chair)
9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. DCCPS mission for the meeting
Bob Croyle
9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            NCI’s role in promoting rural cancer control
Ned Sharpless
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rural definitions overview and rural demographic patterns
John Cromartie and Michael Ratcliffe
Topics to be addressed: Provide an overview of the rural definitions and highlight issues related to persistent-poverty counties; economic diversity/topography; local perspectives; demographic patterns, including aging, growth, income
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 1 – Overview of rural cancer incidence and mortality
Topics to be addressed: Presentations on the registry data; identifying exposures; and possibilities for data linkages to address rural cancer control challenges
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION (abstract details forthcoming)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session 2 – Methods 
Topics to be addressed: Discussion of the small population meeting (January 2018) and its relevance to rural populations; how to incorporate social network methods to understand rural populations
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Advocacy and a national perspective
Amy Elizondo
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fireside chat  
Topics to be addressed: Discussion of rural clinics, including partnerships for research, scope of work, and methods

Day 2

Time Event details
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Session 3 – Multilevel interventions (impact and policy)
Topics to be addressed: Discuss challenges and opportunities in community and clinical settings, and in the use of technologies to address gaps in reaching rural populations
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. An implementation science agenda for rural communities
David Chambers
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Session 4 – Dissemination and implementation - scaling up interventions and building partnerships
Topics to be addressed:  Highlight challenges in scaling up interventions; aspects to include; how to adapt for rural populations
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Future directions and closing remarks