Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Puerto Rico, according to the Puerto Rico Health Department. Our free educational events help educate the Puerto Rican community in Ponce and adjacent municipalities about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment programs and cancer research in the fight against cancer.
Please click here if you would like to be notified of upcoming events in Ponce.
Save the Date: ¡Salud! Serie de charlas on May 21, 2021. Virtual event.
¡Salud! Serie de charlas are educational sessions focused on reducing cancer health disparities in the Hispanic community. A panel of Spanish-speaking healthcare providers, cancer experts and cancer survivors discuss health topics and answer questions from the audience. Topics include cancer prevention, early detection, specific types of cancer, emotional well-being, coping skills, clinical trials, and patient testimonials.
The Hablemos de cáncer Educational Symposium provides cancer education and resources to the Puerto Rican community. Moffitt and Ponce physicians and healthcare professionals discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, and health disparities with the community. Attendees are community members in general and those affected by cancer, researchers and physicians specialized in cancer-related health. The community will have the opportunity to ask questions to experts in the area while benefiting from cancer and health screenings. This event is held in Ponce every other year.
Community Engagement Forums provide community members a way to discuss and identify cancer control and prevention educational needs. These forums also serve as a way for community leaders to network and identify potential partnerships. Additionally, discussion groups are held to obtain more information about culturally appropriate ways to deliver cancer educational material to the Puerto Rican public.
El Puente brings cancer investigators and community leaders together to improve understanding of cancer research and community participation. Researchers explain how their findings are relevant to the prevention of cancer and the improvement of patient health outcomes. Community leaders can express their expectations and concerns about the research process. This information exchange gives researchers the opportunity to gain knowledge about outreach and community engagement strategies, and educates community members how and why research is important.
Community Health Fairs are a great opportunity to provide health education. These activities are common within communities and are usually organized by health services or provider organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, universities, and community-based organizations. Our team will identify community-sponsored health fairs within Ponce and adjacent municipalities and participate by providing cancer health educational materials and answering questions.
To request our participation in a local health fair or other event, please contact PSM-MCC.Partnership@psm.edu.