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YEAR 2013

December 2013

December 31, 2013

PRCCR 2013 Year End Newsletter Highlight:

PRCCR Registrars have become faster and more accurate in their abstracting and this contributed to the November 2013 data submission being on time! For the majority of the Jurisdictions we have had little turnover in the Registry positions so our Registrars have been able to develop routines of submitting their cases in a timely manner with fewer errors.

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October 2013

October 20, 2013

CCPI Meeting – October 22 -24, 2013

The Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands had its bi-yearly conference in 2013 October 20-24, Honolulu.

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Participants were:

CCPI Meeting in Honolulu, 2013

Last row: Janos Baksa (HI), Va’a Tofaeono (AS), Dr. John Taitano (GU), Dr. Joanes Sarofalpiy (FSM-N), Martina Reichhardt (Yap), Dr. Richard Trinidad (RMI), Jeannette Koijane (HI), Tricia Torris (HI), X-Ner Luther (FSM-N)

Middle row: Irish Tutii (Palau), Mavis Nitta (HI), Jocelyn Songsong (CNMI), Dr. Jeanolivia Grant (CNMI), Ashlyn Tom (HI), Lawrence Alam (Guam), Neiar Kabua (RMI), Dr. Angelica Agapito (Yap), Dr. Aileen Tareg (Yap),

Bottom row: Dioreme Navasca (HI), Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum (HI), Edolem Ikerdeu (Palau), Pertina Albert (Pohnpei), Dr. Lily Jonas (Kosrae), Robina Anson (Pohnpei), Dr. Neal Palafox (HI), Dr. Helentina “Aina” Garstang (RMI), Roselie Zabala (GU), Jacqueline Mojilong (RMI) Missing: Dr. Johnny Hedson (PNI), Dr. Sylvia Osarch (Palau), Dr. Kennedy Remit (Chuuk), Hali Robinett (HI), Dr. Kino Ruben (Chuuk), Angela Sy (HI), Dr. Livingston Taulung (Kosrae)

September 2013

September 9-10, 2013

Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the U.S. Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions

The purpose of this meeting was to inform the development of a joint committee opinion for ACOG and ASCCP on alternative cervical cancer screening strategies, such as visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) or primary Human papillomavirus testing.

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August 2013

August 16, 2013

Welcome our new Regional CCC Program Facilitator: Janos Baksa

Janos has joined our office in the second half of August, 2013 and will be taking over Michael Reiter's position. Please welcome Janos to our Pacific Ohana!

Janos Baksa

Janos Baksa

  • Title: Regional CCC Lead Facilitator
  • Email:
  • Tel: (808) 692-0854
  • Address:
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    677 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 815
    Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813

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YEAR 2012

December 2012

December 12, 2012
Excel training for Registrars 2012

Researching Nuclear Exposure - Midweek Article with Dr. Neal Palafox

Read the arcile directly from Midweek's site using the following link:
Or dowload directly in pdf format from our news archive, following the link below:

  • Researching Nuclear Exposure - MidWeek 12122012.pdf

  • November 2012

    November 16, 2012

    New Registrar in CNMI

    Please join us in welcoming Joanne Ogo to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry family! Joanne started as the CNMI Cancer Registrar on 11/16/12. We look forward to working with her in this new roll and are excited to keep her in the Pacific Cancer Programs. Welcome Joanne!

    Joanne Ogo

    Joanne Ogo

    • Title: CNMI Cancer Registrar
    • Email:
    • Tel: (670) 236-8728
    • Address:
      CNMI Dept. of Public Health
      Cancer Registry
      PO Box 500409
      Saipan, MP 96950

    September 2012

    September 13, 2012

    Central Registrar Quality Assurance Visit to the CNMI Cancer Registry, September 13 – 17, 2012

    The PRCCR Regional Registrar (Melani Montano) reviewed cases and provided immediate feedback to the CNMI Cancer Registrar (Bradley Ngewakl). Melani and Tricia Torris (PRCCR Program Manager) were able to provide one on one abstract training and systems overviews to the CNMI Cancer Registrar. The three were able to abstract cancer cases between the years of 2006 - 2010. Do to the short trip, summaries of medical records were also developed for the CNMI Registrar to abstract from at a later date.

    Quality assurance visit to the CNMI in September 2011

    Photo: Names in order from left to right:
    CNMI Cancer Registrar (Bradley Ngewakl) PRCCR Regional Registrar (Melani Montano)

    September 1, 2012

    Recognizing Excellence

    Congratulations Nena Tolenoa and Dr. Livinson Taulung and the Kosrae Comprehensive Cancer Control Program on your C-Change Award for your efforts in cancer control in Kosrae. This is excellent news for Kosrae and FSM and a deserving award for all your hard work to combat NCD's. The following news snippet can be found in C-Change's Fall newsletter (available in full length at:

    • Recognizing Excellence - C-Change will be recognizing the following in individuals and coalitions for their excellence in leadership and achievement in comprehensive cancer control with awards at the C-Change Annual Meeting:
      • State Coalition Impact Award: Utah Cancer Action Network
      • Pacific Island Jurisdiction Coalition Impact Award: Kosrae Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership
      • Champion Award: Keith Howard of the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium
      • Leadership by an Elected Official Award: The Honorable Reverend Joseph H. Neal, District 70, South Carolina State House of Representatives

    June 2012

    June 1, 2012

    Excel Training for PIJ Cancer Registrars 5/31/12 & 6/01/12

    Peggy Regentine an ICS Professor from Windward Community College on Oahu, customized an excel computer training for the PIJ Cancer Registrars. In May 2012, the CDC developed a function in the cancer registrars abstracting software (Abstract Plus) that allows the Registrar to export their data into an excel spreadsheet for further analysis. This training proved to be vital in being able to generate reports for each of the Jurisdictions.

    Excel training for Registrars 2012

    Photo: Names in order from left to right:
    Suzanne Philippo (RMI), Cyneli Petewon (Chuuk) & Mary Rose Johnny (Pohnpei)

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    YEAR 2011

    November 2011

    November 30, 2011

    The CDC INSIGHT Fall 2011 Newsletter highlights the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership

    Please click on the link below for the full story:

    August 4, 2011

    Site Visit in American Samoa, Aug 4 - 8, 2011

    The American Samoan Cancer Registrar (Angelina "Nina" Stevens), the Regional Registrar (Melani Montano) and the Program Manager (Tricia Torris) spent each day reviewing and abstracting cancer cases. They were also able to create a list of death certificate cases from 2007 - 2011 with cancer / carcinoma in the cause of death & antecedent causes for cross checking and follow up by Nina Stevens.

    Site visit to American Samoa in 2011

    July 2011

    July 30, 2011

    All MIKE Women's Volleyball Tournament Final Four Games

    Place: Neal Blaisdell Arena (777 Ward Ave.)

    Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011

    Time: Event started at 10am

    Event details and tickets: All-MIKE-Volleyball-Tournament-Poster (pdf)

    The final four games will close out a tournament involving 12 women's volleyball teams. For the last 2 months the teams have been playing a round-robin tournament and participating in health promotion and education sessions offered once a week. This event is hosted by the Micronesian Community Network in partnership with the Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition, Kokua Kalihi Valley, the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED), and the Ngerchumelbai Young Palauan Association (NYPA) Hawai'i.

    June 2011

    June 27, 2011

    International Classification of Diseases (ICDO 10) Code Training

    The FSM Registrars (Kosrae - Robina Waguk, Pohnpei - Mary Rose Johnny, FSM National - Evel Pelep, Chuuk - Cyneli Petewon & Yap - Cecilia Leechugen) attended an International Classification of Diseases (ICDO 10) Code Training hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs in Chuuk 6/27/11 - 7/2/11.

  • ICD-10 Training Agenda 2011.docx
  • WHO Chuuk Training in June 2011
    June 16, 2011

    Pacific CEED 2011-2012 Legacy Projects RFP

    The Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (Pacific CEED) is pleased to announce the release of the Pacific CEED 2011-2012 USAPI Legacy Projects Request for Proposals (RFP). Please download the RFP in PDF or MS Word format for further information, eligibility requirements, instructions and deadlines. If you have further questions please contact Pacific CEED at Proposal deadline is August 2, 2011.

  • Pacific CEED Legacy Projects RFP 2011-2012 FINAL.doc
  • Pacific CEED Legacy Projects RFP 2011-2012 FINAL.pdf
  • June 8, 2011

    Dr. Neal Palafox awarded Public Benefit Citizenship by the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

    Dr. Neal A Palafox was awarded a Public Benefit Citizenship from the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on June 8 in Majuro. He was given the honor for his nearly 10 years of service filled with many distinguished accomplishments and contributions in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

  • View the full story from The Republic of the Marshall Islands Government website
  • March 2011

    March 28, 2011

    CNMI passed their Medical Consent Act into law:

    "Governor Benigno R. Fitial signed into law Wednesday a bill recognizing the right of adult persons to make decisions regarding the rendering of their own healthcare, including end-of-life decisions to accept or refuse care in the event of terminal or permanent unconscious condition.

    This right extends to parents and other adults who are legally responsible for the well-being of patients who are unmarried and un-emancipated minors. Fitial signed Senate Bill 17-11, Senate Draft 1 into Public Law 17-35 on Wednesday (March 23, 2011). SB 17-11, introduced by Sen. Ralph Torres (R-Saipan), is
    also called the Medical Consent Act of 2010. Torres is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health. The new law enacts a new Chapter 8 of Division 2
    of Title 3 of the Commonwealth Code.

    Torres, in his bill's findings, said the Legislature creates, recognizes, and supports a patient's right to remove himself from a hospital or other facility upon certification of his anticipated death by his attending physician. The new law says that an individual of sound mind and at least 18 years old may execute at any time a declaration governing the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. This shall be a part of that individual's medical record. Such declaration shall also be operative both in and out of a hospital setting." (Source: Saipan Tribune)

    March 17, 2011

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    The John A. Burns School of Medicine's Dr. Neal Palafox has been awarded a high honor. The Parliament of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has named him an "honorary citizen" for the decades of work he has done there advocating for improved health for Marshallese and especially those affected by the U.S. Pacific Nuclear Weapons Testing Program from 1946-1958. During this period, 67 atmospheric tests were conducted, which released
    the equivalent radiation to 7,200 Hiroshima bombs or about 150 times more radiation released than the Chernobyl incident.

    Dr. Palafox was the Principal Investigator from 1998-2008 for the Special Medical Care Program to monitor and treat the victims of the U.S. Pacific Nuclear Weapons Testing program, where hundreds of Marshallese were exposed to nuclear radiation.

    Source: Hawaii News Now: Sunrise Interviews.

    Above: Watch Dr. Palafox being interviewed on Hawaii News Now's Sunrise program regarding the radiation concerns in Japan.

    March 9, 2011

    As keynote speaker, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, a Family Physician, spoke about transdisciplinary approaches to improving health for all Americans, but especially for those suffering disproportionately as compared to majority populations. She also encouraged REACH grantees and their communities to continue advocating for changes throughout the system that affects health in the United States. Strategies to shift the focus of the U.S. health system toward prevention include advocating for meaningful curricular change in health professions schools, graduate medical education, medical associations and in various medical specialty Boards. Pacific CEED and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin

    Pacific CEED is one of 18 CDC REACH U.S. Centers of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities with a focus on improving breast and cervical cancer and chronic disease control in U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Island populations living in their home countries, Hawaii and the US Mainland. The Pacific CEED team is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Neal Palafox who is also the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at JABSOM, UH, as well as Co-PI Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, also the Family Medicine Residency Program Director and by Program Manager, Jane Daye.

    REACH US is one of CDC's flagship programs focusing on eliminating health disparities by using community-based, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to
    Community Health Across the U.S.

    Photo: Names in order from left to right:
    Dr. Neal Palafox, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum and Jane Daye.
    Photo taken at the REACH U.S. Technical Assistance Workshop in Atlanta, GA.

    February 2011

    February 5 - 10, 2011


    2011 Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR) - All Jurisdiction Training

    Location: John A. Burns School of Medicine

    Participants received small group training and technical assistance from the University of Hawaii, PRCCR program, Hawaii Tumor Registry as well as the Centers of Disease Control.

    Photo: Names in order from left to right:
    Back Row: Tricia Torris – UH, Renata Bordallo – Guam, Cecilia Leechugen – Yap, Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum – UH, Cyneli Petewon – Chuuk, Angelina Stevens – American Samoa, Evel "Felix" Pelep – FSM National.
    Front Row: Irish Tutii – Palau, Melani Montano – PRCCR, Mary Rose Johnny – Pohnpei, Robina Waguk – Kosrae, Suzanne Philippo - RMI
    Not in Photo: Eileen Elido - HTR, Michael Green - HTR, Bradley Ngewakl - CNMI, Linda Rego - HTR

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    YEAR 2010

    November 2010

    APHA Conference, Denver, CO (November 6-10) - Congratulations to all! Six abstracts featuring the excellent work in the USAPIs supported by Pacific CEED and the Pacific Cancer Programs have been accepted for oral presentation, round table discussion and/or poster presentation at The 138th annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association. The theme of this year's conference is “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative”

    October 2010

    October (dates to be determined); Honolulu - Joint CCPI and BCCEDP meeting for Hawai'i and the USAPI.

    October (dates to be determined) - National REACH Coalition Board meeting; Washington DC - Karen is a regional representative on the board and plans to attend.

    September 2010

    Indigenous Research and Evaluation Summit 2010: Honolulu (September 1-2) - The primary purpose of this gathering is to engage the indigenous research and evaluation community in a meaningful interactive dialogue that provides a focus on recognizing, developing, designing, enhancing and integrating the importance of research and evaluation within indigenous communities and programs. Pacific Cancer Programs staff plan to attend.

    August 2010

    The Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry has two new cancer registrars to welcome to the regional team.  Mr. Bradley Ngewakl is the new Cancer Registrar for CNMI who was hired in August 2010 and Ms. Cyneli Petewon was hired in September 2010 as the new Cancer Registrar for Chuuk State Cancer Registry.

    Bradley Ngewakl

    Bradley Ngewakl

    • Title: CNMI Cancer Registrar
    • Email:
    • Tel: (670) 236-8728
    • Address:
      CNMI Dept. of Public Health
      Cancer Registry
      PO Box 500409
      Saipan, MP 96950
    Cyneli Petewon

    Cyneli Petewon

    • Title: Chuuk Cancer Registrar
    • Tel: (691) 330-6490
    • Email:
    • Address:
      Chuuk State Cancer Registry
      P.O. Box 609
      Neauo Weno, Chuuk FM 96942

    July 2010

    Please join us in welcoming Mr. Evel Pelep to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry family! Mr. Pelep began his position as the FSM National Cancer Registrar at the beginning of July 2010. We look forward to meeting him in person and working with him on the FSM data submissions.

    Evel Pelep

    Evel "Felix" Pelep

    • Title: FSM National Cancer Registrar
    • Email:
    • Tel: (691) 320-2619
    • Address:
      P.O. Box 932
      Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941

    June 2010

    June 21, 2010 - The Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (Pacific CEED) announces the availability of 2010-2011 Legacy Projects funding to support projects working towards the elimination of disparities in breast and cervical cancer in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions and territories (USAPI). The Request for Proposals is now available. The deadline for complete proposals is AUGUST 9, 2010.

    June 7-10, 2010 - Mega CCLI Meeting; Los Angeles - Members of the CCPI, CCC Coordinators and members of CCC Coalitions attended the Mega CCLI meeting in Los Angeles along with CCC colleagues from all over the United States.

    June 3, 2010 - Pacific CEED Project Evaluation Workshop: Honolulu - Pacific CEED hosted a one day training on project evaluation. The new Project Evaluation Workbook was shared with all participants and guided the sequence and content of the workshop. Representatives from this year's Legacy Projects and Local Projects presented examples of their project evaluation plans and progress as well as selected presentations on program evaluation from several CCC Coordinators. Participants included members of the CCPI, the USAPI CCC Coordinators, 2009-2010 Legacy Projects grantees and 2009-2010 Local Project grantee

    June 3, 2010 - Pacific CEED Project Evaluation Workshop; Honolulu

    Photo: Project Evaluation Workshop, June 2010 in Honolulu

    June 1-4, 2010 CCPI Meeting; Honolulu – The Bi-annual meeting of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) and CCC Coordinators with the Pacific Cancer Programs, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, JABSOM, University of Hawaii.

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