Experts to Address Childhood Cancer Concerns in New Hampshire - June 10, 2021

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Geisel School of Medicine, and State, Regional and National Cancer Experts Partner to Present the New Hampshire Childhood Cancer Conference June 10, 2021

We invite community members, health care providers, public health advocates, researchers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the causes and impacts of childhood cancer as they relate to our state to join us for this one-day conference.

Judy R. Rees, MD, PhD

New Hampshire and the Northeast have some of the highest childhood cancer rates in the country, according to a published paper by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This finding and results of a prior investigation into higher than expected rates of two childhood cancers in the Seacoast area have generated concerns about possible environmental causes of these cancers. In response, the New Hampshire State Legislature set aside funds to explore childhood cancer issues in the Granite State. This state funding has allowed a group of cross-disciplinary childhood cancer and environmental health experts and advocates to join together to present a free and virtual New Hampshire Childhood Cancer Conference on June 10, 2021, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm EST.

"We invite community members, health care providers, public health advocates, researchers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the causes and impacts of childhood cancer as they relate to our state to join us for this one-day conference," said epidemiologist Judy R. Rees, MD, PhD, event organizer and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at Dartmouth's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Director of the NH State Cancer Registry.

The conference brings together a group of speakers with diverse expertise and experiences, including national experts from Harvard Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Minnesota, and the University of Southern California and local medical experts from Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Steven Leach, MD, director of NCCC, will open the conference at 8:45 am EST and will introduce New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu for welcoming remarks.

"As a pediatric cancer physician and researcher working to find cures and better ways to treat our patients, this conference is an important opportunity to hear from the community and public officials, as well as the physicians and scientists," said Bonnie W. Lau, MD, PhD, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, CHaD." What we learn from this conference will directly impact priorities we make in childhood cancer care. I look forward to hearing everyone's ideas and shared expertise at the conference."

Other notable speakers include Caitlin Reilly Smith, MPH, from Concord, NH a public health professional and mother of a pediatric cancer survivor, and Weare, NH resident Taylor McDonald, a pediatric cancer survivor and graduate of the Boston University Class of 2021.

Attendees will have an opportunity for an interactive discussion with event speakers to discuss cancer priorities for New Hampshire at the conclusion of the event, and continuing education credits are available for physicians (CME), nurses (CNE) and cancer registrars (CE).

The June 10th conference is a collaboration between CHaD, NCCC, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, New Hampshire State Cancer Registry, The State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and is supported through funding from the New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund.

Free registration, agenda, and speakers bios can be found here:

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the communities we serve through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The nation's fourth-oldest medical school, the Geisel School of Medicine has been home to many firsts in medical education, research and practice, including the discovery of the mechanism for how light resets biological clocks, creating the first multispecialty intensive care unit, the first comprehensive examination of U.S. health care cost variations (The Dartmouth Atlas), and the first Center for Health Care Delivery Science, which launched in 2010. As one of America's top medical schools, Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of physician leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Norris Cotton Cancer Center, located on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, NH with the highest level of high-quality, innovative, personalized, and compassionate patient-centered cancer care at DHMC, as well as at regional, multi-disciplinary locations and partner hospitals throughout NH and VT. NCCC is one of only 52 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation, the result of an outstanding collaboration between DHMC, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center, and Dartmouth College. Now entering its fifth decade, NCCC remains committed to excellence, outreach and education, and strives to prevent and cure cancer, enhance survivorship and to promote cancer health equity through its pioneering interdisciplinary research. Each year the NCCC schedules 61,000 appointments seeing nearly 4,000 newly diagnosed patients, and currently offers its patients more than 100 active clinical trials.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full-service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same-day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit or contact us at 603-650‐KIDS or