Social Determinants of Breast Cancer: Bridging the Gaps Symposium

What to Expect

  • Bringing together multifaceted professionals from across the nation to increase awareness and identify social factors that contribute to adverse breast cancer outcomes.
  • Sharing evidence-based strategies that promote health equity by experts from relevant sectors.
  • Highlighting innovative areas for research, including cultural frameworks, that address the social determinants of breast cancer.
  • Identifying priorities for the UFHCC over the next few years to address the social determinants of breast cancer.


This free virtual symposium will be held via Zoom.


Time Speaker
12 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. Opening Remarks: Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D.
Session I Session I – Social Determinants of Multimorbidity and Breast Cancer, SDoH (Moderator: Michael Gutter, Ph.D.)
12:05 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Jacqueline B. Vo, Ph.D, RN, MPH | Title: Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Among Breast Cancer Survivors by County-Level Socioeconomic Status and Within Asian American and Pacific Islander Women(includes 5-minute Q&A)
12:25 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC | Title: “Cardio-Oncology Health Disparities: Social Determinants of Health and Care for Black Breast Cancer Survivors” (includes 5-minute Q&A)
Session II Session II: Social Networks as Determinants of Breast Cancer Outcomes (Moderator: Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D.)
12:45 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, M.D., MPH | Title: “Social Determinants of Health and Breast Cancer” (includes 5-minute Q&A)
1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. | “Doing what we can: Addressing Breast Cancer Disparities for Black Women in the U.S.” (includes 5-minute Q&A)
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Moderated Discussion
1:55 p.m. – 2 p.m. Closing Remarks: Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC


Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.
Associate Director,
Community Outreach Engagement and Health Disparities,
VCU Massey Cancer Center Chair and Professor,
Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Virginia Commonwealth University

Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, M.D., MPH

Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor,
Division of Surgical Oncology
The Ohio State University

Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor,
Family, Community and Health Systems Science,
College of Nursing
University of Florida

Jacqueline B. Vo., Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H.

Jacqueline B. Vo., Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H.
Cancer Prevention Fellow
Radiation Epidemiology Branch
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
National Cancer Institute

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