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Breast Health Collaborative of Texas announces 10th Annual Breast Health Summit

Breast Health Collaborative of Texas announces 10th Annual Breast Health Summit

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Houston, TX (October 3, 2014) – The Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting the breast health community, announces the 10th Annual Breast Health Summit to be held November 6 and 7, 2014 at the Sheraton North Houston. This year’s theme is Navigating through Healthcare Reform – A Road Map for Texans. The only annual conference dedicated to improving breast health care for the medically underserved in Texas, the Breast Health Summit serves as a forum for the exchange of information for survivors, advocates, healthcare professionals, educators, caregivers and friends. Online registration ends on October 31, 2014.

Journalist and author Ruth Ebenstein is scheduled to deliver the closing to the conference. Ms. Ebenstein is an American living in Israel who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined an Israeli and Palestinian support group there and will speak about her experience forging relationships across culture and religion, despite many obstacles. A panel of academic thought leaders has been assembled for this two-day program. Topics include: The Affordable Care Act (ACA); Navigating the effects of ACA in community medicine; Improving Quality in Cancer Care in an era of Healthcare reform; and Trend and Variations in Relation to Breast Reconstruction Mastectomy in the United States.

Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, certified health education specialists, community health workers, mammography technologists, and certified mastectomy fitters will be offered. Houston Community College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association in conjunction with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

“Our annual summit is a wonderful opportunity for advocates, health professionals and survivors in the breast health community to come together, exchange ideas and develop connections,” shares the organization’s executive director, Gretchen Walton. “Last year our summit was attended by over 400 people, all working in this important space. We look forward to another outstanding year for this – our 10th year.” The Summit is co-chaired by Polly Niravath, MD an oncologist with The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at the Baylor College of Medicine and Kirk White, MSN, RN who is the director of the Center for Healthcare Professionals at HCC Coleman College. The chair of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas is Cassandra Harris, MS with the Health Disparities Research department at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

For complete registration and conference details, visit https://www.breasthealthcollaborativeoftexas.org or call 713.777.3200

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