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Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT)

Virtual Symposium and Virtual Hill Week Kickoff

Monday, July 11, 2022 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hill Days — July 12 – July 15

Registration Form

Virtual CPAT Symposium 2022 FlyerThe Virtual CPAT Symposium is an opportunity to network with other advocates, develop advocacy skills, and learn about cancer policy issues in the comfort of your own home. The Virtual Symposium will showcase topics such as an in-depth understanding of public policies impacting cancer patients, mental health, and health care communication.

You will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in Virtual Hill Meetings. NCCS will coordinate and set up meetings with your local Members of Congress.

We join you in the meeting, schedule permitting, to talk about important survivorship legislation. Hill meetings are easy and fun, and your efforts can make a difference!

NCCS will provide detailed information on the legislative ask with prerecorded videos. On July 11, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about survivorship legislation and the logistics of virtual meetings with your Members of Congress. In the coming weeks, we will send more information on Hill meeting scheduling and logistics.

Register for Free Below

If you have questions or concerns, please email Veronika Panagiotou, PhD at


Download the Agenda (PDF)

1:00 PM — Advocating for the Cancer Care Planning and Communications Act (H.R. 4414)

U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier   |   California’s 11th Congressional District

1:30 PM — Don’t Change Yourself for Other People: How Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) Living with Cancer Offer Advice to Other AYA Patients

Nick Iannarino, PhD   |   University of Michigan – Dearborn
Lauren Ghazal, PhD, FNP-BC   |   University of Michigan School of Nursing
Emily B. Walling MD, MPHS   |   University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital

2:35 PM — Self-Care Matters: A Workshop Featuring Interactive Journaling and Discussions

Ta’lor L. Pinkston, LSW, MSW, BA   |   Founder and Creator, The Heart Advocate

Self-Care Matters will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of:

  • Self-care and the relationship to self-love described by Christine Arylo in Path of Self-Love.
  • An understanding of the “Six Ways to Take Care of Yourself” from The Heart Advocate.
  • The ability to identify individual Self-Care Needs.

All attendees are encouraged to bring a journal and something to write with to engage in the content.

3:30pm — Advocate Hill Week Send-off with Congressman Raskin

U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin   |   Maryland’s 8th Congressional District

Speaker Bios

Lauren GhazalLauren Ghazal, PhD, FNP-BC, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan School of Nursing. In addition to practicing clinically as a family nurse practitioner, she studies the survivorship needs of young adults with cancer, with a focus on work, financial toxicity, and other quality of life concerns.

Nick Iannarino, PhDNick Iannarino, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Communication at University of Michigan-Dearborn. He studies how people in close relationships manage the social experience of severe and chronic illness, particularly in the context of adolescent and young adult cancer.

Ta'lor L. Pinkston, LSW, MSWTa’lor L. Pinkston, LSW, MSW, BA, created The Heart Advocate to help all individuals choose self-love as a coping skill for mental health and healing. The Heart Advocate provides individual virtual self-love therapy and programs, hosts group workshops, presentations, and speaks about the importance of self-worth, self-love in mental health, and how to practice self-care. Ta’lor manages a virtual support group, Healing Over Everything (H.O.E.), a safe-space and community that supports its members to build self-worth, cope with mental health, and choose healing. You can find The Heart Advocate on social media, where she is sharing what self-love looks like.

Emily WallingEmily B. Walling MD, MPHS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, at University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital. Dr. Walling founded and is the co-medical director of the Michigan Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program.