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Culture in Breast Cancer: Overcoming Unequal Obstacles
In the U.S., our health systems often assume that we have a common culture, including values, expectations and language. By paying attention to differences in culture, we can improve cancer prevention, screening, treatment and clinical trial participation to make our systems fairer. Join us as we learn about research on culture and how organizations are meeting the needs of individuals and communities.

Jul 29, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Anna María Nápoles
Scientific Director @National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities (NIMHD) Division of Intramural Research
Dr. Anna María Nápoles is the Scientific Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities (NIMHD) Division of Intramural Research, where she oversees all intramural research, with a focus on population health and an emphasis on social, behavioral, and clinical research. Previously, Dr. Nápoles served as a professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She has over 30 years of experience in research on patient-clinician communication, cancer health disparities, psycho-oncology, and community-based research in racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations. Her work has included peer-delivered stress management interventions for Latinas with breast cancer that improved quality of life and reduced depression and anxiety symptoms. She is also developing and testing mobile health interventions to improve symptom management among diverse, low-income cancer survivors.
Ricki Fairley
Co-Founder and CEO @TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance
As a Stage 3A Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor/Thriver, Ricki Fairley co-founded and serves as CEO of TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance. TOUCH addresses Black Breast Cancer as a unique and special disease state, with the goal of reducing the mortality rate for Black women and supporting what she calls her “Breasties” through their breast cancer experience. Ricki founded and serves as co-host for “The Doctor Is In,” a weekly live web series on the BlackDoctor.org Facebook page. She is a founding member of #BlackDataMatters, a collaborative to encourage and elevate the importance of Black Women participating in clinical trials. Ricki also proudly serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
Lei-Chun Fung
Health Educator @Chinatown Public Health Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Lei-Chun Fung is the Health Educator at Chinatown Public Health Center with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative health education programs for the Chinese speaking community. In the early 1990s, Ms. Fung was instrumental in establishing what is believed to be the nation’s first Chinese-language cancer support group. Her cultural background and her fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin enhance her effectiveness as a community organizer, service provider and advocate for the community.