Power Over Colorectal Cancer: A Gathering for Men and Women Who Have or Want to Prevent Getting This Cancer

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Gainesville, FL 32641 (see details)


The UF Health Cancer Center's Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative (CDRC) and the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement host a gathering focused on colorectal cancer.

    • Learn about new colorectal cancer treatments, early detection and prevention from UF Health cancer experts
    • Get a free colorectal cancer screening kit
    • Talk with colorectal cancer survivors and their family members, oncologists, therapists, and a financial support navigator
    • Get your questions answered on colorectal cancer and how to support loved ones
    • Learn about UF research studies on various cancers and mental and physical health

Drawings for prizes and free boxed lunch!


  • Adrian Taylor, M.S., Pastor, Springhill Church; CDRC Pastor Scientist
  • Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, UF Health Cancer Center
  • Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D., Research Professor and Program Director, UF Department of Psychology; CDRC Director, UF Health Cancer Center

Research Tables

Study Title/Organization Purpose

Type of Table

(Sickle Cell Disease)


UF Brain Health Equity and Dementia Prevention Lab / 1Florida Alz. Disease Research Center

Research and Resources

Feasibility Pilot for Multidimensional Precision Risk Profiling of Womens Ischemic Heart Disease


NURTURE Lab (Nutrition Lab)


Community Outreach & Education


CONNECT: Cancer Research
Registry Project


Suwanee River AHEC: Insurance Navigation


Risk Reduction Energy Drink Study - UF Clinical Research Center (CRC)


Clinical Trial Navigator - UF Clinical Research Office (CRO)


The East Gainesville Cancer-Related Views and Behaviors Study for Blacks - UF CDRC


A Focus Group Study for Black Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer - UF CDRC


Tele-Mental Health for Black Adults and Youth - UF CDRC


North Central FL YMCA


Phenoytping & Assessment In Neuroscience (PAIN) Lab



Thank you to our sponsor WellFlorida, which is providing a giant inflatable walk-through colon to help participants learn about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening.



The UF Health Cancer Centers Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative (CDRC) consists of eight Black churches, an interdisciplinary team of culturally sensitive researchers and a health disparities research support staff working collaboratively to conduct community-based participatory research that will lead to interventions and grands to help prevent and/or reduce cancers among Blacks and others who live in or near the East Gainesville community.

Power Over Cancer is a series that provides an opportunity for cancer leaders, researchers and clinicians of the UF Health Cancer Center and members of the East Gainesville community to engage in a dialogue about the cancer prevention, care and research conducted by the Cancer Center. These gatherings provide a venue for engagement and shared learning as we build a stronger and healthier community together. The Power Over Breast Colorectal Gathering is the fourth in the series.


  1. 8:30 am - 9:00 am

    Registration and breakfast

    Ms. Juanita Miles Hamilton; Ms.Sabrina Guillen; Mr. Tej Patel

  2. 9:00 am - 9:05 am

    Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Carolyn Tucker via a Video

    Pastor Adrian Taylor, Moderator

  3. 9:05 am - 9:10 am

    Purpose and Highlights; Introduction of Provost Scott Angle

    Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D.

  4. 9:10 am - 9:14 am

    Comments by Provost Angle

    Provost Scott Angle, Ph.D.

  5. 9:14 am - 9:16 am

    Introduction of Dr. Leighton Elliott: Featured Speaker

    Pastor Kenyarda Feathers

  6. 9:16 am - 9:36 am

    Presentation: Power to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

    Leighton Elliott, M.D.

  7. 9:36 am - 9:38 am

    Introduction of Dr. Thomas George – Featured Speaker

    Pastor Adrian Taylor

  8. 9:38 am - 9:58 am

    Presentation: Tailoring Colorectal Cancer Treatments

    Thomas George

  9. 9:58 am - 10:02 am

    Overview of the Discussion Groups and Related Instructions

    Ms. Rishika Podarala; Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D.

  10. 10:02 am - 11:35 am

    Focus Groups

    Men with colorectal cancer (CRC) and men who want to prevent getting CRC – Groups 1 and 2. Group 1 Co-facilitators: Thomas George, M.D.; Leighton Elliott, M.D.; Mr. Michael Perkins. Group 2: Co-facilitators: Jonathan Licht, M.D.; Mr. Marvin Allen; Pastor Kevin Thorpe. Women with colorectal cancer (CRC) and women who want to prevent getting CRC – Groups 3, 4, and 5. Group 3 Co-facilitators: Tarsha Rentz, Ph.D.; Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D. Group 4 Co-facilitators: Ms. Shereka Nicole; Pastor Dr. Marie Herring Group 5 Co-facilitators: Ms. Iris Harris; Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D. Spouses, Family Members and Friends of women and men CRC survivors – Group 6. Group 6 Co-facilitators: Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D.; Ms. Janice Henry; Pastor Johnny Boswell

  11. 11:35 am - 11:37 am

    Introduction of Dr. Leighton Elliott

    Pastor Ron Rawls

  12. 11:37 am - 11:40 am

    Importance of Participating in Research

    Leighton Elliott, M.D.

  13. 11:40 am - 11:43 am

    Explanation of Research Tables and Obtaining Tickets for Drawings

    Mr. Kevin Arneus

  14. 11:43 am - 12:30 pm

    Break and Visiting the Research Tables

  15. 12:30 pm - 12:32 pm

    Panel Session Overview

    Kirsten Kline, Doctoral Candidate; Ms. Delphine Jackson

  16. 12:32 pm - 1:35 pm

    Panelists Respond to Questions from the Audience

    Leighton Elliott, M.D.; Jonathan Licht, M.D.; Thomas George, M.D.; Ms. Janice Henry; Ms. Iris Harris; Ms. Yvonne Williams; Mr. Michael Perkins; Mr. Marvin Allen; Mr. Terence Pollard; Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D.; Taylor Fradella, R.N.

  17. 1:35 pm - 1:38 pm

    Free Home CRC Screening Tests and Inflatable Colon Information

    Jennifer Woodard, M.P.H., R.N., CCRP

  18. 1:38 pm - 1:42 pm

    Closing Comments

    Jonathan Licht, M.D.

  19. 1:42 pm - 1:47 pm

    Thank You, Group Song, and Introduction of Drawing Leaders

    Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D.

  20. 1:47 pm - 1:58 pm

    Drawings for Prizes

    Ms. Rishika Podarala; Ms. Doni Planken

  21. 1:58 pm - 2:00 pm

    Lunch Pickup, CRC Screening Test Pickup and Colon Tour

    Jennifer Woodard, M.P.H., R.N., CCRP




Springhill Church
120 SE Williston Rd
Gainesville, FL 32641
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