House Representative

Rose, Toni

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/24/2016

REPRESENTATIVE TONI ROSE HOSTS THE MINORITY CANCER AWARENESS LUNCHEON AT TEXAS CAPITOL

Experts from Cancer Treatment and Minority Health Disparities Identify Challenges / Innovations

AUSTIN, TX - On Thursday, March 31, 2016, State Representative Toni Rose (Dallas, District 110) will host five expert panelists to discuss the dynamics of cancer health disparities in minority populations as related to studies, diagnosis and treatment. Innovative solutions to the latest challenges will accentuate this forward thinking dialogue, highlighting April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month.

This year, the Moncrief Cancer Institute is supporting Minority Cancer Awareness Month by rolling their custom built, 18 wheel Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic from Fort Worth to Austin. “The mobile clinic’s state-of-the-art telecommunication capability enables our physicians, cancer psychologists, genetic counselors and other specialists to provide consultations for rural patients through secure video-conferencing technology,” said Dr. Keith Argenbright, Director of the Moncrief Cancer Institute. This one of a kind, $1.1 million dollar mobile unit will be the site of a 10:30 a.m. press conference and tour.

"For many years, cancer treatment disparities among minority populations went unrecognized by the general population. I hope to continue the act of bringing awareness to these issues," State Representative Toni Rose said. "I am honored to have been entrusted with this charge by Representative McClendon."

The luncheon, for House members and staff, carries on an annual event envisioned and founded by State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon. In 2011, Representative McClendon dedicated April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month in Texas with House Bill 114. Representative McClendon, a cancer survivor, retired from the Texas House of Representatives this year after 20 years of service.



What: Minority Cancer Awareness Month Mobile Tour and Roundtable Discussion
Date: March 31, 2016
Events: Press Conference & Mobile Unit Tour
10:30 a.m., Speaker's Committee Room (2W.6 outside the House Chamber)
Roundtable Discussion & Legislative Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002, Texas State Capitol

Participants include:
• Representative Toni Rose, House District 110
• Dr. Sylvia Jaramillo, MD, Internal Medicine, Texas Oncology
• Dr. Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH, Epidemiology Manager, Texas Cancer Registry, Texas
Department of State Health Services
• Dr. Keith Argenbright, MD, Director, Moncrief Cancer Institute & Chief of Community Health
Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
• Dr. Rosanna Barrett, DrPH, MPH, Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health
Equity, Health and Human Services Commission


http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/newsletters/110/2016-Cancer-Awareness-Month.pdf

CONTACT: DANIEL DAVIS CLAYTON