Pacific Cancer Telehealth


In 2018, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awarded a grant to the University of Hawai‘iJohn A. Burns School of MedicineDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health’s Pacific Cancer Programs. The primary intervention focuses on health systems strengthening in the U.S. 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. Participants receive continuing education credit or certificate for attending the live regularly scheduled series.

This project was funded from 2018-2022 by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations Initiative.  Beginning 2023, the Pacific Cancer Programs maintained the monthly telehealth sessions voluntarily.  Effective 2024, the session will be offered quarterly on the 3rd Thursday at 4:00PM HST (3rd Friday at 12:00PM ChST).

Telehealth Sessions

Below is the list of sessions from June – December 2023 Pacific Cancer Program’s telehealth calendar.

  • Recordings of the past 6 months are available below
  • Sessions for the 2024 series are subject to change
  • The sessions are scheduled quarterly at 4:00PM HST (3rd Friday at 12:00PM ChST) – March, June, September and December 2024

The continuing education credit will be offered by Hawai‘i Pacific Health. In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Hawai‘i Pacific Health. Hawai‘i Pacific Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

For those who participate in the telehealth sessions, you will receive 2 separate emails after each attended session:
1)    1st email:  Link to the evaluation form (new link every month)
2)    2nd email:  Login information to access the evaluation form.

For Physicians, Hawai‘i Pacific Health designates each session a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.  For Nurses, please check with local licensing boards.  Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must:

  • Sign in to zoom using the name and email address used to register. Everyone needs to register in advance regardless if joining the live session as a group or individually.
  • If  attending as a group, at the end of the session, please email the complete names, email addresses, and credentials of everyone in your group.  If joining over the phone, please email the information for attendance, credit, and evaluation purposes.  Send attendance information to email address:
  • Complete and submit the evaluation survey emailed to you from HPH within one week after the session.
  • CE credit and certificates are available immediately upon completion of evaluation form.

Your CE certificate will be immediately available to you upon completion of your evaluation.  To request CE/attendance certificates or if you have any questions, please feel free to email:

To submit case studies, suggest future topics, or volunteer for upcoming sessions, please visit this LINK


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

2024 Telehealth Sessions

  • March 21, 2024 Hawai’i, American Samoa | March 22, 2024 Guam, CNMI
    Principles of Cancer Screening II by Dr. Neal Palafox RECORDING
  • June 20, 2024 Hawai’i, American Samoa | June 21, 2024 Guam, CNMI
    Cancer Care and Nutrition by TBD
  • September 19, 2024 Hawai’i, American Samoa | September 20, 2024 Guam, CNMI
    Positive Psychological Well-being for Cancer Patients by TBD
  • December 19, 2024 Hawai’i, American Samoa | December 20, 2024 Guam, CNMI
    Kidney Cancer by TBD

Past Telehealth Sessions

  • June 15, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | June 16, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Surviving Cancer by Carla Ngirailemesang RECORDING
  • July 20, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | July 21, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Lymphoma by Dr. Craig Boddy POSTPONED
  • August 17, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | August 18, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Long term side effects from chemotherapy by Dr. Erin Bantum RECORDING
  • September 21, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | September 22, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Lymphoma by Dr. Craig Boddy RECORDING
  • October 19, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | October 20, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Complementary and Integrative Medicine by Dr. Elizabeth Christenson RECORDING
  • November 16, 2023  CANCELED
  • December 21, 2023 Hawai’i, American Samoa | December 22, 2023 Guam, CNMI
    Principles of Cancer Screening by Dr. Neal Palafox RECORDING

Telehealth Sessions Prior to 2023

Please contact the Pacific Cancer Program Telehealth Project by emailing:

Preventing Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Policy

The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine Pacific Cancer Programs (PCP) are committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, integrity, civility, and respect in all of our activities. We look to you to be a partner in this commitment by helping us to maintain a professional and cordial environment. All forms of discrimination, harassment, and bullying are prohibited in any Pacific Cancer Programs activity. This policy applies to all participants in all settings and locations in which the Pacific Cancer Programs work and activities are conducted, including committee meetings, workshops, conferences, and other work and social functions where employees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, or guests are present.

Contact Information Usage

By registering for this event, you consent to receive electronic communication related to this event and/or as it relates to the Pacific Cancer Program Project ECHO and Telehealth, but not limited to, invitations to present at future events and submit relevant case studies; program announcement; recordings of presentations; updating membership databases; or requests for feedback on your experiences with the Pacific Cancer Program Project ECHO and Telehealth.

Attendee Personal Release

By registering and attending any of the PCP event, you consent to your voice, image, and likeness being recorded for use and dissemination, without payment of any kind for such use, in any language, format, or media now known or later devised, and you release the Pacific Cancer Programs from any and all claims, liability, or damages arising from any such use. The PCP will proceed in reliance upon such consent and release. If you do not consent to the foregoing, please do not attend the event and/or exit the telehealth registration page.