AACE Engagement Lounges

AACE Engagement Lounges are Zoom Meetings focusing on topics relevant to the work of our members. This Engagement Lounge will be open to all who might have an interest, not simply AACE members. Our Zoom account is limited to 100 participants, but we will also be livestreaming this discussion to our Facebook page for those who cannot access the Zoom meeting. 

Upcoming Lounge

 The AACE Membership Committee is pleased to announce the next event in the AACE Engagement Lounge series!


TOPIC: Cancer Education within Diverse Communities

DATE: Thursday, 28 October 2021

TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 PM EDT

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  • We will share experiences in delivering cancer education to underserved cultural and minority groups through community-led and community-based initiatives (and we invite attendees to share their experiences as well!).
  • Our lounge will focus on the design and delivery of culturally competent education/healthcare services to diverse population groups.
  • Our speakers will draw lessons from their experiences working with Alaska Native, Appalachian, Amish and Mennonite, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities.


This Engagement Lounge will be moderated by the Membership Committee and will feature a conversation with Dr. Katie Cueva, Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Dr. Melissa Thomas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Care at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Athens Campus and Founding Director, Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education. Both will share their experiences with community-led and community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) initiatives in delivering cancer education to diverse population groups.

(photo of Dr. Katie Cueva)

Dr. Katie Cueva is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage and affiliate faculty with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. She was born and raised in Alaska and received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include social determinants of health in the circumpolar north, culturally appropriate health promotion and healthcare delivery, community based participatory action research, and health equity. Her work has included regional, state, and circumpolar projects informing policies on COVID-19, assisting Indigenous programs and organizations with evaluation, ongoing circumpolar collaboration as a Fulbright Arctic Initiative fellow, and working to develop, implement, and evaluate cancer education with rural Alaska Native communities. She currently serves on the Board of the Alaska Public Health Association and is Alaska's representative on the governing council of the American Public Health Association. She also serves on the Executive Council of both the American Association for Cancer Education and of the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian caucus of the American Public Health Association.

(photo of Dr. Melissa Thomas)

Melissa Thomas, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Care at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Athens campus. Her career has always centered on addressing the health needs of communities by designing, implementing and evaluating community-led health education and promotion initiatives, especially in the area of cancer health disparities. Her true research passion centers on her efforts to address the burden of disease in rural and Appalachia Ohio, where she was born and still lives, and she established a community-led nonprofit organization, called the Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE), to provide a framework to guide her research initiatives. A certified CHW herself, she has successfully trained and continues to hire Amish and Mennonite CHWs throughout Ohio who serve as direct links to the communities they serve. In her former role as Founding Director of the Office of Health Equity at one of the largest healthcare providers in the state, she led several studies testing the effectiveness of culturally competent cancer education and healthcare services among Appalachian, Lesbian, Latinx, African-American, Amish and Mennonite communities. She serves as Past-Chair of the Appalachia Translational Research Network and Member-at-Large on the Executive Council of the American Association for Cancer Education.

All attendees will be involved in asking or responding to questions, but we will set a few basic rules such as requesting the majority of participants stay muted until they raise their hand to speak and using the chat function. AACE staff members will be present to make sure all technical needs are addressed and the event runs smoothly. AACE will also be using Otter, a service that provides live AI-generated closed captioning for Zoom meetings.

We look forward to seeing you on 28 October 2021. Please send your topics for discussion and any questions you have about the event to contactaace@aaceonline.com.


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Past Lounge Recordings 

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Choosing and Using Standardized Measures to Evaluate Your Education Program - Tuesday, 29 June 2021 (recording for members-only)

How in the World Do I Measure a Partnership? - Wednesday, 28 April 2021 (recording for members-only)

Cancer and COVID-19: Community Outreach & Engagement - Wednesday, 10 February 2021 (recording for members-only)

NCI-funded Summer Programs: Developing Tools and Sharing Best Practice for Virtual Programming - Thursday, 11 November 2020 (recording for members-only)

Tools and Activities for Interactive/Applied Learning at a Distance - Thursday, 6 August 2020 (recording for members-only

Using Cancer Education to Address Social Determinants of Health in the Era of COVID-19 - Thursday, 14 May 2020
Cosponsored by the Emory University Urban Health Initiative.
Articles shared and/or referenced during the discussion included:

NCI-Funded Summer Programs During COVID-19 - Thursday, 16 April 2020 (recording for members-only
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