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February 2020 

February 7th--What a blast! So grateful to Friend Health and its CEO Verneda Bachus for honoring Peer Plus Founder Phyllis Rodgers with the 2020 Go Red Award for 18+ years of service to the community. It was an engaging, fun-filled and informative luncheon.


FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020:  A Panel Discussion

“Community Engagement with the Community

In Mind: A Conversation about Facts, Figures and Cultural Diversity in Oncology”


Project H.O.O.D. [Helping Others Attain Destiny], 6330 S. King Drive, Chicago

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.         FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Why should minorities participate in genetic testing?

What is the benefit of such participation?

This event was designed for visitors to listen to African American professionals in cancer care and ask frank questions in a relaxed, safe environment.  It was coordinated in partnership with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The University of Illinois Cancer Center, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  The panel of distinguished speakers included:

* Jamie Brewer, MD, and 'Lola A. Fashoyin-Aje, MD, FDA Office of Oncologic Diseases.

Rea Blakey, FDA Oncology Center of Excellence.

Wenora Johnson, a PCORI Advocate on Clinical Trials and a cancer survivor.

Abiola Ibraheem, MD, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.

* The University of Chicago Oncologist Nita Lee, MD.

* Rush University Medical Center Cardiologist Tochukwa (Tochi) Okwuosa, MD.


Other event participants include Dr. Karriem Watson and select members of The University of Illinois Patient Brigade Team.

This event also featured vendors who provided a variety of health information, screenings, resources and appropriate referrals.

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