Webinar Announcement: Racial and Health Disparities in Breast Cancer

On October 29, Preconception Peer Educators will host a webinar on breast cancer disparities in breast cancer risk with Dr. Lisa Newman, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lisa Newman, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center at the University of Michigan
Dr. Newman specializes in breast cancer disparities in breast cancer risk.

Click now to view this CNN profile on Dr. Newman’s work

African American women are at substantially higher risk of being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. African American women are twice as likely to be affected (compared to White). Triple negative breast cancer represents about forty percent of cancer diagnoses in African American women (correlatively, triple negative breast cancer represents close to three-fourths of cancers in Ghanaian women).  Yet treatments for triple negative breast cancer lag two to three decades behind, which isn’t the case for any other type of cancer.

Click Here to register for the webinar

Since 1985 October has been observed as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For 30 years there have been efforts during the month that address education on risk factors and protective measures. But there are still major disparities in cancer prevention and cancer risk. Learn about why these disparities exist and what you can do to help reduce cancer risk in your communities.


PPEs Exhibit at NLN in Las Vegas

California Baptist University seniors Annette Evangelista and Taylor Bagby were sponsored by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) to promote the Preconception Peer Educators program at the 2015 National League for Nursing Education Summit in Las Vegas. Continue reading PPEs Exhibit at NLN in Las Vegas

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Each year, about 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida. Read summary
Hispanic women have the highest rate of having a child affected by spina bifida compared with Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black women. Read summary

◦Hispanic: 4.17 per 10,000
◦Non-Hispanic Black or African-American: 2.64 per10,000
◦Non-Hispanic White: 3.22 per 10,000

Spina bifida is a type of birth defect called a neural tube defect. It occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. Spina bifida can be mild or severe. The exact cause of this birth defect isn’t known. Experts think that genes and the environment are part of the cause. To learn more about Spina Bifida check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention facts page here.

PPEs can help promote spina bifida awareness throughout the month of October by disseminating multimedia and free print material provided by the CDC.

Check out this video of Luke Rainwater, baby born with spina bifida

Information in this piece provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Upcoming Events: October

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. During the month, PPEs should pass along that many free health resources are available in Spanish (as well as other languages). There are many agencies, organizations, and associations that provide health information in both English and Spanish. Scroll down to see resources.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Healthfinder.gov has created a neat toolkit which includes sample event announcements, tweet suggestions and other cool items which you can use to promote breast cancer awareness

Follow #BreastcancerAwareness throughout the month of October
During Breast Cancer Awareness month take the time to learn more about your risk factors and prevention methods and share what you’ve learned with family and friends.

PPE Events:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: The California Baptist PPE club will be represented at this years NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas. Faculty Advisor Susan Jetton and her group of PPEs will be exhibiting the program

October 1: The University of South Florida will be hosting its 3rd General Body Meeting from 6-7 pm at MSC 2706. Contact usfppe@gmail.com

October 13 at 2 pm: #HHMSalud Twitter Chat to mark Hispanic Heritage Month, in English and Spanish!

October 11 beginning at 9 am: Johnson C. Smith University PPE training (part 1 of 2)

October 15: The University of South Florida will be hosting its 4th General Body Meeting from 6-7 pm at MSC 2706. Contact usfppe@gmail.com. There will be GAMES…FUN PRIZES..And FREE FOOD… also come learn more about open leadership, events, and volunteer opportunities!
October 17 10 am – 2 pm. Head Start Health Festival at Al Lopez Park! Come join Safe Kids at this fun festival at Al Lopez Park, in collaboration with Hillsborough County Head Start Program! USF Health Service Corps volunteers can assist with interactive health and safety education activities. Up to 4 student volunteers can sign up with Korede Adegoke (kadegoke@health.usf.edu), COPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Association.

October 17
10 am – 2 pm. “Eat Well, Feel Well, Look Well” Health Fair. To sign up, contact April Jones at sosfoundationoftampabay@hotmail.org

October 21: The University of South Florida will be tabling at Bull Market from 9am-3pm. Contact usfppe@gmail.com for more information

October 22: Webinar- vSim for Nursing is a virtual simulation for nursing education. This is your opportunity to see vSim for Nursing live in-action. The panel will demonstrate vSim online, and show how it fits into a fully integrated curriculum solution including suggested readings, pre- and post-simulation quizzes, documentation assignments, and guided reflection questions.

October 24 8:30 am – 1 pm. Annual Community Health Fair at Wholesome Health Ministries in Wimauma.
Non-clinical activities: Up to 10 students can lead children in interactive health education activities, in collaboration with Safe Kids and can sign up with Nicole Roberson (faye3@mail.usf.edu), Maternal & Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO).

October 29 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Monster Mash at Shriners Hospital for Children! Up to 10 USF Health students can contribute to this fabulous annual Halloween party at Shriners hospital for children, and can guide/assist patients throughout the party, and also help with set-up, clean-up and more. USF Health students can sign up with Emma Jagasia (epjagasia@health.usf.edu) with Nursing Student Association.

October 29 9:00 pm – 12 am. Hall-O-Screen HIV and STD Testing Day and educational outreach event in Tampa with Youth Education Services (YES)-USF Health. USF Health student volunteers will have a great time, while providing valuable interactive health education/prevention services to at risk youth in Tampa/Ybor City community. Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. USF Health students can sign up with Stacy Assan (sassan@health.usf.edu), International Health Service Collaborative (IHSC). Please indicate if you wish to carpool and yes, you can dress up!

Florida Northeast Healthy Start – Events Calendar here


MedlinePlus is is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. The website features an Español button that allows the user to convert any page into Spanish. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.With over 900 health topics in Spanish, Medline Plus affords users comprehensive information on tons of search options.

Healthfinder is an easy-to-use health information website from NIH with helpful tools and a health and wellness guide. Simply click the little red button in the top right corner: en español for the Spanish version.


National Women’s Health Information Center has tons of information for Spanish-speaking women including topics such as pregnancy, breast feeding, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and more.

The National Cancer Institute‘s site offers information on specific types of cancer for patients and health professionals including treatment, support, medication, and more.

The National Institute of Mental Health website provides several easy-to-read publications in Spanish..

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes up-to-date public health information on current health issues and disease prevention.

See full list here.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy

Educational Resources – CDC

Educational Resources – FDA