Past Events

An invitation to help create Rhode Island's next 5 year cancer prevention and control plan

If you are a survivor or a caregiver, we are writing to ask you to help us by sharing your ideas and suggestions for improvement in the areas of cancer care and survivorship supports. We would like to know about what has worked well for you, and what has challenged you, or presented roadblocks--what can be improved. Your first-hand knowledge of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, and/or survivorship, and your experiences with the health systems that impact care, are important considerations as we develop this five-year plan to improve prevention efforts and our state’s cancer-related systems of care.

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Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and thoughts with our program. We look forward to creating a five-year plan that includes the ideas and reflects the priorities of those most impacted by cancer. We also hope to promote evidence-based strategies that will reduce the burdens of cancer in our state.



The Partnership

Ovarian Cancer Webinar

The Partnership is pleased to announce that registration for the upcoming webinar, Identifying Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: Promoting Early Diagnosis, Treatment and Improved Outcomes Through Rapid Referral, hosted by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is now open. 

This is a free, live webinar that will be held on October 26, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST. CE credit is available for this event at no cost. Register now!

To find out more information and register, please click here:

Reigniting Research

Survey: Coronavirus Health Care Delays and Anxiety Persist for Cancer Patients and Survivors Months Into Pandemic

The public is invited to join Reigniting Research: A Call to Action to Advance Cancer Research andInnovation on October 26, 2020 where Dr. Sharpless will join Congresswoman Pressley, Lt. GovernorPolito and leaders from business, health care and life sciences to discuss current challenges and actionsneeded to reignite cancer research in the face of COVID-19. To join this free virtual discussion, pleasevisit:

Fall Quarterly Meeting

Dear Members:

The Partnership extends a warm welcome to attend our upcoming Fall Quarterly Meeting, taking place on October 7th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.


Our featured speaker is Dr. Karen Kayser, LaRocca Endowed Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Dr. Kayser specializes in psychosocial oncology and is nationally recognized as leader in this field. She is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.


This is going to be a virtual town hall meeting held via Zoom. You can review the agenda below.


Please register for the meeting here


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions please email


We look forward to seeing you!


Megan Daniel, Administrator for Community Partnerships
Joseph Dziobek, Director
CC: Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI Board of Directors

Gloria Gemma's Passport to Survivorship

The annual Passport to Survivorship as part of Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's Flames of Hope celebration will take place on Saturday October 3, 2020. This health and wellness expo is free to cancer survivors and the general public. To learn more, check out their website here.

ONS Spring Conference

UPDATE: The ONS Spring Conference has been rescheduled for Spring 2021 due to changes circumstances with COVID-19. 

The Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society is holding its 34th annual spring conference on March 21, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. Members, nonmembers, students, and retired nurses are all welcome! Topics will include: chemotherapy best practices; interactions of vitamins, supplements, herbs, and marijuana with chemotherapy; clinical grading criteria; managing oncologic emergencies; and a keynote speech by cancer survivor and healthcare speaker Diana Jordan. 

To find out more information and register, please click here:

Joint Advocacy Day


The American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are joining up to hold a joint advocacy day on Wednesday February 26, 2019 at the RI Statehouse from 2:30-4:30pm. This event will focus on top tobacco evidence-based policies and will allow these organization's partners to advocate as one to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and vaping. There will also be time to meet with your legislators on the chambor floor. Youth are welcomed but age 13+ is recommended. There is no cost to participate. 


To attend, please register here:

Get Involved: Make Some Art!

Want Your Art Featured in a Calendar?

Through art, you can express your emotions about the cancer journey and connect with others who are touched by the illness. Share your art in CURE® magazine’s online gallery between Jan. 10 and Feb. 10 and it may be selected for inclusion in the magazine’s 2020 calendar. To participate in the calendar contest, submit a photo and description of your art to!

The Partnership Quarterly Meeting A Success!

On Wednesday evening, December 11, eighteen members of The Partnership braved snowy roads and the cold to come together at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work to learn about the history of The Partnership, it’s current priorities, and to hear a very informative presentation by Junhie Oh, BDS, MPH, Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, RIDOH. Ms. Oh’s presentation focused on the variance in survival rates for different types of cancers and variables such as age, sex, and race over time. To view the presentation in its entirety, please click the link: Junhie Oh RI Cancer Report.


Guests were treated to a light dinner and hot cider and hot chocolate in keeping with the holiday spirit. There was an ice breaker prior to the presentations to give attendees an opportunity to become acquainted with one another. Linda Dziobek, RN and a 15- year survivor of ovarian cancer and Jim Willsey, Director of Spiritual Care for Chartercare and Board Chair, provided the overview of the Partnership from 2007 to the present. The meeting opened with a welcome by Warren L. Miller, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work at Rhode Island College and Board Treasurer and a brief outline of the School, its enrollees and past
alumni, noting that Joseph Dziobek, The Partnership Director was a member of the initial class of 1979. The Partnership would like to thank Warren Miller and Acting Dean Jay Nimmagadda, for making the atria at the School available and Eileen Ryan, who helped Joe make the food and beverage selections and arranged for room set-up and audio-visual equipment. Lastly, thank you to C. Kelly Smith, the CCCP administrator and Junhie Oh from the RIDOH who provided us with valuable information that will aid us in our education and advocacy efforts.

Happy holidays to all from: Joe, Brian, Megan and the Board.

Save the date! Next Quarterly Meeting March 10 details to follow.

Trans Thanksgiving

Thundermist Health Center's Trans Wellness Program is hosting a trans thanksgiving for the trans community. It is a great opportunity to get together with old and new friends, and reflect on what there is to be thankful for this year. There will be vegan and gluten free options as well.  

A Coalition of Survivors, Caregivers, and Providers United Against Cancer
Prevention - Screening & Detection - Treatment - Survivorship

Quarterly Meeting

Dear Partnership Member:

You are cordially invited to attend a Quarterly meeting of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI. You will meet other cancer survivors, caregivers, and providers and learn about the ways in which The Partnership is working to improve quality of life for survivors and caregivers. There will also be a presentation by the RIDOH.

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Where: RI College School of Social Work
(Building 9 SSW) East Campus
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Hope to see you there!

Jim Willsey, Board Chair
Joe Dziobek, Director

2019 HARI Annual Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th from 8-10AM at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick for the Hospital Association of RI (HARI) annual meeting. HARI will be presenting their 2019 award winners and there will be a keynote presentation by Andrew Shin. If you are interested in attending, please register here


The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Expo provides the latest trends in research and current resources for lung cancer, COPD, and other chronic lung diseases. This program greatly benefits patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers who are surrounded by lung disease. 

This year, The Partnership will exhibit at the event in the hopes to further strengthen our relationship with our partner and expand our understanding of lung disease outside of lung cancer. 

To register or learn more click here

2019 Skin Check Highlights


Total Number of People Screened


Total Number of People with Suspected Melanoma


Total Number of Recommended Biopsies


Total Number of People with Suspected Non-Melanoma


Total Number of Suspected Skin Cancers


Total Number of Suspected Precancers

Here are the results from our skin cancer screening events for this past summer. Click here to learn more about our screening program!

Partnership Exhibits at “Avenues of Healing, Transcending Tragedy”

On Saturday, October 12, the Partnership was an exhibitor at the “Avenues of  Healing: Transcending Tragedy” presented by the Lifespan Cancer Institute and Lifespan Community Health Institute. Keynote speaker, Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE gave an inspiring talk about her own breast cancer treatment and philosophy of living life to the fullest after a devastating diagnosis. Pictured here is Joe Dziobek, Director of the Partnership with Ana C. Almeida DoRosario, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Lifespan Community Health Institute (LCHI) and Angela Hall Jones, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals for the American Cancer Society, (ACS) Inc. Northeast Region. The Partnership has a close working relationship with the LCHI having conducted Skin Checks on seven beaches this summer in collaboration with the LCHI. The Partnership has also collaborated with the ACS on numerous occasions, most recently of which was Joe’s roundtrip ride from Snug Harbor to Watch Hill and back raising over $3,000 as part of the “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraising campaign.

2019 CTC-RI Annual Conference

The Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC-RI) aims to transform primary care in the state via an integrative healthcare system that consists of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). These models focus on prevention, wellness, and treatment.

The Partnership is proud to be part of their annual conference this fall, to learn more about effective primary care strategies to best meet patient needs and to educate about our role in the primary care system. 

Providers, Nurse Care Managers, Care Coordinators, Behavioral Health Staff, Medical Assistants, and Community Health Workers are encouraged to join us! For more information or to register:

Avenues of Healing

You’re invited...

to an enjoyable and educational morning about breast cancer and survivorship,

Avenues of Healing: Transcending Tragedy

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Main Ballroom, Warwick, RI


Keynote Presentation by Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE. Author, board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, and breast cancer survivor. Sheri Prentiss addresses Transcending 

Tragedy—life after breast cancer and living life to the fullest after a devastating diagnosis. 


Simultaneous translation will be offered in Spanish. 

Passport to Survivorship

The Passport to Survivorship at the Flames of Hope is a free health and wellness expo open to cancer patients, survivors, and the general public. The event will run on October 5th, from 8am to 3pm at the RI Convention Center. In addition to the interactive exhibits, keynote speakers, and presenters, the Partnership will be back with their partners for another skin check from 10:30am to 1:00pm!

RI Ovarian Cancer Alliance 5K Run/Walk 

Ovarian cancer affects less than 1% of the population but is one of the deadliest cancers, with women most often diagnosed in Stages III and IV.  Funding for research and treatment options pales in comparison with funding for other types of cancers such as breast and lung cancer. The Partnership was proud to be an exhibitor at the RI Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s 4th annual walk/run event on September 22 and was also pleased to speak with survivors about a national program which is being implemented locally on six university campuses entitled: “Survivors Teaching Students” (STS).  Seven women signed up at the event to become volunteer STS presenters. For more information about the program, contact Kelly Smith, Program Manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the RI Health Department, at or Megan Daniel, Coordinator of Community Health Projects at the Partnership, at

Real Men Wear Pink Ride

On Saturday, September 21 I will be riding my bike accompanied by my neighbor Tony, from my home in Snug Harbor to Watch Hill and back a total of 56 miles. I chose to do this to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink Providence” campaign. The funds will be used to help fight breast cancer. Thus far I have received over $3,000 in contributions. The weather is predicted to be summer like so it should be a very pleasant ride as we pass a number of beaches along the way. The campaign runs thru the end of October so if you would like to support the campaign, please visit the website:'s-real-men-ride/ to view my profile and make a contribution.

RI State Arts and Health Plan

The RI Department of Health and RI State Council on the Arts partnered to develop a State Arts and Health Plan that focuses on integration of art and health in Rhode Island. The State Plan follows policy, practice, and research recommendations that will be implemented by stakeholders to effect change among 5 areas including: 

  • Patient Care

  • Education

  • Community Well-Being

  • Healing Environments

  • Care for Caregivers

The Partnership is pleased to have joined this initiative and welcome you to join us at the State Plan release in September. For more information, please see below!

JAF Night @ the PawSox


Come join me and my wife Linda at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, August 3rd at 5:30 to watch the PawSox play Rochester and support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation at the same time! A portion of the ticket sales will go to the JAF which gives grants to families who are in need of assistance due to the cost of cancer care.  Joe and Jen Andruzzi presented on the topic of the financial burden of cancer at our recent June Summit.

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Providence, RI 02908
     (401) 443-2375 ext. 517

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This program is supported in part by Cooperative Agreement Number NU58DP006291, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Rhode Island Department of Health.