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Our ZIP Codes & Breast Cancer: Working Together for Healthier Places
Join us for the second Webinar in our Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer series to hear how where we live, work, and play affects breast cancer risk and outcomes. Where we spend time makes a difference for our access to healthy choices and quality health care. Some areas have safe places to walk, a supermarket with healthy, affordable food, and a supportive community. Others don’t, and that matters for our health. Our panel will explore the importance of the built and social environments in cancer and how we can improve our health by working together.

This event will last an hour but speakers will stay up to 15 minutes past to answer more questions.

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

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Scarlett Lin Gomez
Professor @Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
Scarlett Gomez, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the University of California San Francisco researching the role of social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, immigration status, sociocultural factors, and neighborhood characteristics, on health outcomes. She is Director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. She has contributed data regarding cancer incidence and outcomes for distinct Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander and Hispanic ethnic groups, as well as cancer patterns by nativity status and neighborhood characteristics. She developed the California Neighborhoods Data System, a compilation of small-area level data on social and built environment characteristics, and has used these data in more than a dozen funded studies to evaluate the impact of social and built neighborhood environment factors on disease outcomes.
Lesley Kailani Glenn
CEO/Founder @Project Life
Lesley Kailani Glenn’s passion, motivation and personal experience of living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) for over 8 years, drive her desire to partner with others in order to fund research for a cure for, increase awareness of, and support those living with MBC. Prior to her MBC diagnosis, she received a bachelors of science in organizational leadership and brought therapeutic art to marginalized and incarcerated communities. She transferred her advocacy to MBC, mentoring others, receiving the LBCC Leadership Volunteer Award, co-founding Make Good Moves/Climb for a Cure, and serving as an advisor for the Love Research Army and as a reviewer for the DOD-CDMRP. She recently launched her largest endeavor, Project Life, a virtual wellness house for those living with MBC and their loved ones, as an Elevate Ambassador with the NCCS.
Diane Velez
Healthy Communities Director @ActiveSGV
Diane Velez, MPH, currently leads ActiveSGV's CalFresh Healthy Communities program, where she oversees the largest Nutrition Education and Physical Activity project in the San Gabriel Valley. Diane began volunteering with the ActiveSGV in 2016 before joining as a staff member. Over the past several years she has also supported the 626 Golden Streets team, Safe Routes to School program, Chair of the Development team, and Women-on-Wheels (WoW) project, which aims to empower more girls and women to engage in health and wellness practices. Additionally, she serves on the Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council and holds a Master of Public Health. Diane is passionate about improving community health and sustainability in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.