Pacific Cancer Programs

Pacific Cancer Project ECHO and Telehealth

BACKGROUND
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Pacific Cancer Project ECHO and Telehealth
Strengthening local health systems and health care worker capacity in Indigenous Pacific Populations

In 2018, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awarded a grant to the University of Hawai‘i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s Pacific Cancer Programs. The primary intervention focuses on health systems strengthening in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) through three strategies:

  1. infrastructure strengthening, including telehealth policy, health system organization and coordination, health system/community collaboration
  2. health care provider training via telehealth education and case management delivered via a Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome) framework
  3. training community health workers to also provide cancer-related outreach and services

The telehealth training is a telementoring program aimed to bring health care providers and subject matter experts together through videoconferencing (via Zoom) to increase workforce capacity to improve cancer care in the USAPI. This model does not provide direct patient care. Instead, a team of existing health specialists and educators provide cancer education and clinical expertise to train health care providers in the local communities. The curricula covers cancer prevention, risk factor reduction, screening, diagnosis (within the context of their local resources), treatment considerations, survivorship, palliative and end of life care. Case studies are intertwined in these didactic education sessions to equip health care providers with the knowledge and support they need to provide timely and quality cancer services in the USAPI.

While the 1-hour sessions target primarily physicians and nurses, USAPI health department staff, hospital/clinic staff, and other cancer/health advocates also join these telehealth sessions. Health care providers receive continuing education credit or certificate for attending the live regularly scheduled series.

This project is funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations Initiative. For any questions or inquiries, contact: usapidisparities@gmail.com.

TELEHEALTH SESSIONS

Below is the 2020-2021 Pacific Cancer Program’s telehealth session calendar. The calendar is available to DOWNLOAD IN PDF format.
Recordings of previous webinars are available below.
Future sessions (from November 2021 and on) are to be determined.

If you are interested in attending our sessions, please REGISTER for each individual session.

2020 and 2021 Telehealth Sessions
  • January 16, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | January 17, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Treatment: Side Effect Management of Cancer Treatment by Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum
    RECORDING
  • February 20, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa / February 21, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Pain management by Dr. Lam Nguyen RECORDING
  • March 19, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | March 20, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Survivorship: Guidelines (healthy lifestyle, screenings) by Dr. Pat Nishimoto POSTPONED
  • April 16, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | April 17, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Symptom Management (constipation, nausea, wound care) by Dr. Pat Nishimoto
  • May 21, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | May 22, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention/Screening:  HPV Immunization & Cervical Cancer Screening by Dr. Mona Soraiya
  • June 18, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | June 19, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Colorectal Cancer
  • July 16, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | July 17, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Treatment: Delivering Bad News by Dr. Rae Seitz
  • August 20, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | August 21, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Symptom Management (shortness of breath, anorexia) by Dr. Pat Nishimoto
  • September 17, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | September 18, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Survivorship: Stress Reduction by Dr. Erin Bantum
  • October 15, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | October 16, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Care Shortly Before Death
  • November 19, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | November 20, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Nutrition (overview, heart health)
  • December 17, 2020 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | December 18, 2020 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Essentials of Communication by Dr. Pat Nishimoto
  • January 21, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | January 22, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Prostate Cancer
  • February 18, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | February 19, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention and Screening: Betel Nut and Oral Cancer
  • March 18, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | March 19, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Spirituality
  • April 22, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | April 23, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Physical Activity
  • May 20, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | May 21, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Early Detection of Endometrial Cancer
  • June 17, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | June 18, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Caregiver Issues
  • July 15, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | July 16, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Hepatitis B
  • August 19, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | August 20, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Early Detection of Liver Cancer
  • September 16, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | September 17, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Goals of Care Discussion
  • October 21, 2021 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | October 22, 2021 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Alcohol Use and Cancer

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2019 Telehealth Session Recordings
  • April 18, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | April 19, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Cancer 101 by Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum
    RECORDING
  • May 16, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | May 17, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Obesity and Weight by Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum RECORDING
  • June 20, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | June 21, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Behavioral Change by Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum RECORDING
  • July 18, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | July 19, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Breast Cancer by Dr. Jami Fukui RECORDING
  • August 15, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | August 16, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Treatment: Key Principles of Antineoplastic by Dr. Jami Fukui RECORDING
  • September 19, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | September 20, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Survivorship: Overview and Elements in a Cancer Survivorship by Dr. Francisco Conde RECORDING
  • October 17, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | October 18, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Palliative / End of Life Care: Overview/Introduction by Dr. Rae Seitz RECORDING
  • November 21, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | November 22, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Prevention: Tobacco, E-cigarettes, and Cessation by Dr. Elizabeth Tam RECORDING
  • December 19, 2019 Hawaiʻi, American Samoa | December 20, 2019 Guam, CNMI
    - Screening: Lung Cancer Screening (in certain populations), Staging and Treatment by Dr. Peter Brett RECORDING

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Funding for this website was made possible by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through the following:
Pacific CEED, award #: 5U58DP000976,USAPI Community Health Interventions Project (CHIP), award #: 1U58DP005810,
Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry, award #: 5U58DP003906; Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, award #: U55/CCU923887.
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Funding Sources: PRCCR: #: 5U58DP003906  | Pacific REACH: #: 1U58DP005810 | RCCC: #: U55/CCU923887 

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