Nutrition Symposium, James E. Clyburn Lecture among events planned for National Public Health Week

March 28, 2013


Dr. Mariana Chilton


Dr. Isla Garraway

National Public Health Week events at the Arnold School of Public Health will focus on nutrition, food insecurity and hunger in America, health disparities and blood cancers, health disparities among prostate cancer patients – and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program is holding a contest.

The week’s highlights include:

Friday, March 29: Dr. Mariana Chilton, a national leader in addressing child hunger in the United States, will be the guest speaker Friday, March 29, for the third annual nutrition research symposium, “Healthy Eating Context: Bridging Gaps, Linking Communities.”

Registration will continue throughout the week. The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Research on Nutrition and Health Disparities at the Arnold School of Public Health. It is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C., and will feature a scientific poster session. Dr. Chilton, an associate professor at Drexel University’s School of Public Health and director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, will speak at 9 a.m.

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Monday, April 1: Tap into your creativity and head to the computer. The Cancer Prevention and Control Program is holding a competition to name the special event that will be held Sept. 20 to recognize its 10th anniversary. The deadline for entries is April 1. The winner will be announced Friday, April 5, during Public Health Week. Visit to cast your entry.

Thursday, April 4: A panel discussion, “Health Disparities and Blood Cancers,” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the USC School of Medicine. The panelists include Dr. Cristina Gasparetto, Duke Medicine; Thomas Goode, advocate and multiple myeloma patient; Dr. Virginie Daguise, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Dr. Ken Bridges of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The moderator will be Vicki Kennedy, vice president of the Cancer Support Community in Washington, D.C. The lecture is part of the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture series.

Friday, April 5: The Sixth Annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, in USC’s Russell House Theater on Greene Street. U.S. Rep. Clyburn, the S.C. Congressman for whom the lecture is named, is the Assistant Democratic Leader in the 113th Congress. Dr. Isla Garraway, a urologist and one of the nation’s leading researchers on prostate cancer, will deliver the keynote address for the program, which has the theme “Moving Forward: Staying in the Fight to Eliminate Health Disparities and to Achieve Health Equity for All.”

The panel discussion on blood cancers and the Clyburn Lecture are free and open to the public. Sponsors include USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, Claflin University and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The program will include the presentation of the 2013 James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Leadership Awards and a scientific poster presentation on health disparities research.

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